Cowgirl Volleyball Handed Difficult Loss By Rams

Oct. 28, 2005


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The Wyoming Cowgirl volleyball team (7-13 overall, 2-7 in the MWC) began a three match home stand with a disappointing three game loss (20-30, 27-30, 17-30) to the Colorado State Rams (13-6 overall, 6-3 in the MWC) on Friday night in Laramie.

"It was a very disappointing match tonight," said head coach Pat Stangle. "We didn't play well at all, which isn't good when we're at home. I think with such a young team sometimes the distractions of being at home affect us a little more than they do on the road. We'll take a couple of days off and then get back in the gym to figure out a way to win."

Wyoming was led by Rachel Smith who finished with seven kills and 13 digs. She was followed by Angie Hellbaum and Lauren Scott with six kills each. The Cowgirls hit a dismal .035 (32-37-142), while being out blocked 12-7 by the Rams.

Colorado State was led by Dre Downs who recorded 14 kills and hit .542 (14-1-24) for the match. Casey Bauer finished with ten kills and a match high 17 digs. The Rams hit .280 (55-20-125) on the night.

It was back and forth to begin game one as the Cowgirls took an early 7-5 lead, but Colorado State scored the next nine of eleven to gain a five point lead. After Wyoming scored two points, the Rams ran off six straight to extend their advantage, 20-11. The Cowgirls tried to rally back with a 5-2 run to pull within four, 22-16, unfortunately CSU closed out the first game on an 8-4 scoring run to take it 30-20.

Neither team gained a significant lead in the early going of the second game. With the score tied at seven, the Cowgirls went on a 6-1 run to open up a five point advantage, 13-8. They would extend their lead to six points, 19-13, after scoring the next six of eleven. The Rams refused to go down quietly as they went on a 12-3 run to take the lead 24-22. The Cowgirls pulled to within one, 24-23, but Colorado State closed it out, 30-27, to take a 2-0 lead in the match.

Game three started off very similar to the others as neither team gained a lead larger than two points. With the score tied at nine, CSU scored four straight to go up 13-9. The Cowgirls pulled to within one, but the Rams responded again with an 8-1 run to go up 22-13. Despite a good effort, Wyoming could not get any closer than eight points as Colorado State would win the game 30-17 and the match, 3-0.

The Cowgirls will host the San Diego State Aztecs, on Friday, Nov. 4, and the UNLV Rebels, on Saturday, Nov. 5. Both matches are set to begin at 7:00 p.m. at the UniWyo Sports Complex.