Oct. 25, 2002
vs. COLORADO STATE 3-1 L
Laramie, Wyo. - The Wyoming Volleyball Team (18-6 overall, 3-5 MWC) couldn't overcome an early two game deficit to the Colorado State Rams (15-7 overall, 7-1 MWC) falling 3-1, on Saturday night in Laramie.
CSU opened up the match by taking the early lead, but the Cowgirls tied it up at 6-6. With that same score, the Rams went on a 5-0 scoring run to open up their lead, which they maintained for the remainder of the game. The Cowgirls could only pull within one point, 21-20, before Colorado State scored the next nine of 15 points to take the first game 30-26.
It was Wyoming who took the initiative with an early 6-3 advantage in the second game, but it was short lived. The Rams outscored the Cowgirls 15-6 to open up an 18-12 lead, and allowed UW to only score seven more points in the game. CSU won the second game 30-19 and took a commanding 2-0 lead in the match.Wyoming seemed to rebound in game three after Colorado State scored the first point the Cowgirls tied it up and ran off to an early 10-4 lead. That margin would grow to as many as 12 points, as UW really seemed to be in control. CSU gained a little momentum back down as they held off five game points, before falling 30-19.In game four it was a different story, as the Rams led from the very beginning. They only allowed the Cowgirls to score 11 points in the final game and hit .000 compared to .636 (15-1-22) by CSU. The final score of the game was 30-11 in favor of the Rams. "It was a very up and down performance by our team throughout the match," said head coach Jim Barnes. "The first game is so important and I felt was competitive, but a couple of plays here and there we didn't convert, which we should have really gave them an edge. We're still trying to develop a mentality of playing tough and consistent, which we still have to work on."The Cowgirls was led by Michele Rauter, who finished the night with 16 kills and ten digs. Sophomore Sara Maytorena also finished the night in double-figures with ten kills. As a team, Wyoming struggled hitting .169 (48-26-130) on the night.
Wyoming will now travel to San Diego and Las Vegas next week. They willface the Aztecs, on Thursday night, at 8:00 p.m. MT and the UNLV Rebels,on Saturday night, at 8:00 p.m. MT