Oct. 8, 2004
FORT COLLINS, COLO. - In their only match of the week, the Wyoming volleyball team (8-8 overall, 2-3 in the MWC) suffered a three game loss (23-30, 26-30, 14-30) to the seventh ranked team in the country Colorado State Rams (13-1 overall, 5-0 in the MWC), on Friday night, in Ft. Collins.
Colorado State took a very early 6-3 lead to start the first game, but the Cowgirls fought their way back into it with a 5-1 run to take a one point advantage, 8-7. Four unanswered from the Rams quickly gave them an 11-8 lead, which the Cowgirls responded by scoring the next seven of 11 to tie it all up at 15. Unfortunately for Wyoming that would be as close as they would get. CSU regained the lead and out scored Wyoming 15-8 the rest of the way to take the game 30-23.
In game two, Wyoming fell behind by the score of 9-4, but fought their way back in to it with an 8-4 run to pull within one, 13-12. They would eventually tie it up at 16 all, and the two teams would trade points back and forth. The Rams seemed to gain the upper hand at 24-21, and closed out the game 30-26.
Colorado State controlled the third game from the beginning as they took a 11-3 lead. Despite a good effort, the Cowgirls could only manage to score 11 more points as they Rams won the game 30-14 and the match 3-0.
"We were in games one and two, especially game two," said head coach Pat Stangle. "We've got to get to the point were play 100% every single point, and we take some plays off. Five people can be on and one person can be off, and the ball can find that person. Matches like this are good for us, because it measures where we are and where we need to go."
Senior Sara Maytorena led the way for the Cowgirls with ten kills, and four digs. She was followed by Rachel Smith who finished with eight kills and eight digs. As a team, they hit .154 (33-19-91) compared to .473 (52-8-93)
The Cowgirls will be at home next week as they host a non-conference match-up against South Dakota State, on Tuesday night, and the BYU Cougars, on Friday night, and the Utah Utes, on Saturday night. All three matches are set to begin at 7:00 p.m.
"We've got to get back into the gym and work on some things," he added. "Due to our injury situation, we really haven't been able to at a game level and the match on Tuesday will allow us to play more live volleyball. Obviously, BYU and Utah will come in very hungry looking to win these matches in order to stay at the top of the conference."