Oct. 10, 2003
LARAMIE, Wyoming - The Wyoming Cowgirl volleyballteam (13-7 overall, 2-3 in the MWC) was swept, 30-25, 30-18, 30-20, bythe Colorado State Rams (13-4 overall, 4-0 in the MWC) on Friday night.
Colorado State jumped out quickly by scoring the first eight of 12to open up a four point lead, 8-4. That margin grew to six, 14-8, aftera 6-4 run from the Rams. The Cowgirls responded by scoring the next nineof fourteen points, which pulled them to within two, unfortunately CSUhad an answer for every UW run. Despite holding off two game points, theCowgirls would fall in game one 30-25.
It was all Rams to begin the second game as they gained a 10-5advantage, and then an 8-3 scoring run from CSU allowed them to take aten point lead, 18-8. The Cowgirls hung tough, despite struggling on theoffensive and defensive end, and scored the next couple of points topull within seven, 18-11. Unfortunately, the Rams and the deficit weretoo much to overcome as Colorado State would take the game 30-17 and a2-0 lead in the match.
The third game was also all CSU from the beginning as they took a10-4 lead. Wyoming pulled to within four, but an 8-3 run from the Ramsgame them a nine point lead, 18-9. The Cowgirls continued to battle byscoring the next four of five points, but CSU poured it on by outscoring Wyoming 11-6 the remainder of the way. Colorado State would takethe game 30-20 and the match 3-0.
Wyoming struggled on both sides of the ball hitting just .188(37-19-96) and finishing the night with 16 digs for the entire match.Senior Leah Powers led the Cowgirls with ten digs, four block assistsand a .412 (10-3-17) hitting percentage. Middle blocker Jill Roslundalso chipped in seven kills, along with a .545 (7-1-11) hittingpercentage.
Colorado State was led by Tess Rogers, who finished the night with13 kills, six digs and a .750 (13-1-16) hitting percentage for thematch. As a team, the Rams hit .396 (53-17-91) and finished with seventotal team blocks.
"We just didn't have it tonight," said head coach Jim Barnes. "Weprepared well, thought we were ready and came in number one in theconference in defense, but tonight we looked like we were last. Defensedidn't show up, CSU did and was very aggressive."
The Cowgirls will be on the road next weekend with two MountainWest Conference matches. They open on Friday night against the Air ForceAcademy Falcons, at 7:00 p.m., in Colorado Springs, and then travel toAlbuquerque to face the New Mexico Lobos, on Saturday night, at 7:00p.m.