Cowgirls Lose to Rams, 3-0

Oct. 13, 2007


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The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball team (8-9 overall, 2-5 in the MWC) fell in three games (27-30, 20-30, 28-30) to the Colorado State Rams (13-4, 7-1 in the MWC) on Saturday night in Laramie.

"We had plenty of opportunities in this match to extend it and we didn't take advantage of that," said UW head coach Pat Stangle. "We need to make plays early in the match so in the end maybe things will go our way."

Two Cowgirls finished the night with double-figures in kills, seniors Rachel Smith and Angie Hellbaum. They each recorded ten kills and eight digs apiece. Lauren Whitney followed with seven kills while Carissa Lee had a team high ten digs. Wyoming hit .140 (40-23-121) and had four total team blocks.

Jamie Strauss led the way with 14 kills and seven digs for the Rams, while Tonya Mokelki added nine kills. Katelin Batten recorded 16 digs, while Ashley Fornstrom had 41 assists and ten digs. Colorado State hit .217 (49-23-120) for the match.

Wyoming started off on a good note by taking a 7-4 lead in game one, but the Rams went on a 6-1 run to go up 10-8. The Cowgirls scored six of the next ten points to even it up at 14. CSU would answer with the next point and then Wyoming went on a 4-1 run to go up 18-16. Colorado State evened it up at 18 and then the teams traded points back and forth. With it all knotted up at 26, the Rams scored the next four of five to win the game 30-27.

In game two, the Cowgirls took a 6-2 lead, which was erased by a 5-2 CSU run to tie it up at seven all. The Rams would gain a 17-13 after going on a 10-6 run. Wyoming would pull within two, 19-17, but that would be as close as it would get. Colorado State only allowed the Cowgirls to score three more points as they won game two, 30-20, to take a 2-0 lead in the match.

CSU would score the first two points of game three, but the Cowgirls scored eight of twelve points to go up 8-6. The Rams tied it up and then the scoring went back and forth. Wyoming seemed to gain some momentum with a 6-1 run to go up four, 16-12. Colorado State answered with a 9-4 run of their own to go up one, 21-20. Over the next several points the teams went back and forth until Wyoming went up 28-27. Unfortunately, CSU scored the final three points to win the game 30-28 and the match 3-0.

The Cowgirls will continue play at home on Thursday, Oct. 18, as they host the New Mexico Lobos. The match is set to begin at 7 p.m. in the UniWyo Sports Complex.