Cowgirl Volleyball Beaten by Rams in Three

Oct. 24, 2008

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball team (3-15 overall, 2-7 in the MWC) was swept in three sets (21-25, 23-25, 17-25) by the 16th ranked Colorado State Rams (18-2 overall, 8-1 in the MWC) on Friday night in Laramie.

"We need to work and continue to grow every day on the court," said UW head coach Carrie Yerty. "The players are doing everything I ask of them. We've got a job to do and we're going to keep working towards that. I think this team comes out and plays tough every night, and that's all I can ask them to do."

Wyoming was led by sophomore Lauren Whitney who finished with a team high ten kills, while hitting .240 (10-4-25) for the match. She was followed by Jenna Arneson with seven kills and Dani Bedore with six. The Cowgirls hit .130 (32-19-100) as a team.

The Rams were led by Danielle Minch with 13 kills, three block assists and a .308 (13-5-26) hitting percentage. Mekana Barnes added 12 kills and six block assists. CSU hit .300 (46-16-100) for the match and out blocked the Cowgirls 10-3.

The Cowgirls took an early 5-2 lead to begin the match as Colorado State responded with four straight to go up by one, 6-5. This time, Wyoming scored four of the next five to regain a two point advantage, 9-7. The Rams went on a 9-4 scoring run to take a 16-13 lead. Unfortunately, the Cowgirls were unable to pull any closer than two as CSU won the first set 25-21.

Colorado State scored the first two points to begin set two, but the Cowgirls scored four straight to go up 4-2. The Rams answered with a 6-2 scoring run to regain the lead, 8-6. This time, Wyoming scored the next five of seven to take a one point advantage, 11-10. CSU came back with four unanswered to make it, 14-11. The Cowgirls closed the gap to one 16-15, but the Rams quickly scored four of five to regain a 20-16 advantage. UW wouldn't give up as they made a 6-1 scoring run to even it up at 21 all. Unfortunately, Colorado State closed out the set on a 4-2 run to win the second set 25-23.

In the third set, the Rams took a slight 4-1 lead. Wyoming scored the next five of eight to pull within one, 7-6. CSU responded with an 8-1 run to extend the lead back to eight, 15-7. The Cowgirls tried to battle back with a 6-2 run of their own to close the margin to four, 17-13. In the end, their comeback would fall short as they were out scored 8-4 the rest of the way to fall in the set, 25-17, and the match 3-0.

Wyoming will have only one match next week against the Air Force Academy Falcons, on Thursday, Oct. 30. The match is set to begin at 7 p.m. in the UniWyo Sports Complex and will be broadcast on The Mtn. Television Network.