Nov. 5, 2013
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Team (14-13 overall, 4-9 MW) played tough but lost in four sets (23-25, 25-13, 25-19, 25-19) against the 10th ranked Colorado State Rams (22-0, 13-0 MW) on Tuesday night in Laramie.
Wyoming was led by sophomore Bridget Shanahan with 13 kills plus four block assists. Reese Plante followed with 12 kills while Erin Kirby recorded a team high six blocks. Libero Becky Stewart had 12 digs and Nicole Walker was behind her with ten digs. The Cowgirls hit .172 (46-23-134) for the match and had nine total team blocks.
Colorado State had four players in double-figure kills led by Michelle Lawrence. She had a match high 19 kills and three block assists. Kelsey Snider and Samantha Peters each recorded 13 while Adrianna Culbert added ten. The Rams hit .312 (63-20-138) for the match and had 10.5 total team blocks.
"I thought we started off the match playing very well," said head coach Chad Callihan. "I was impressed with not only our focus but our execution. The last few matches we've been struggling with that even though the effort has been there. It was nice to see us come out of the gate like we did unfortunately we couldn't sustain it. We had errors in bunches and we have to find a way to limit them."
The first set saw the Cowgirls get off to a good start scoring the first three straight points. CSU answered back with five of the next seven points to tie it up at five all. A kill from Plante started a 9-4 run by the Wyoming to pull them ahead 14-9, but Lawrence scored the next point for the Rams and they would pull within one, 14-13. After a Wyoming timeout, the Cowgirls responded with five of the next six points to extend the lead back to five, 19-14. Colorado State continued to battle back as they chipped away at the lead to make it 21-20. UW kept their composure and closed out the set on a 4-3 run to take it 25-23.
The momentum stayed on the side of Wyoming as they opened up a 7-3 advantage in set two, 7-3. Colorado State stormed back with an 8-1 run to give them their first lead of the set, 11-8. A service error by Snider stopped the Cowgirl scoring drought, but the Rams responded by scoring eight of the next ten to extend the lead to eight, 19-11. Wyoming struggled offensively as they managed to only score two more points in the set. CSU won the set 25-13 to even up the match at one all.
Out of the break, both teams played even through the first 12 points. A kill by Plante started a small run for the Cowgirls to give them a slight 10-7 lead. The Rams answered with six of the next nine points to tie it back up at 13 all. After Wyoming took the 14-13 lead, the Rams poured it on by closing out the set on a 12-5 run to win the third set, 25-19.
It really didn't get much better in the four set as Colorado State jumped out to the 10-1 lead. A kill by Shanahan ended the drought and the Cowgirls would close the gap to two, 13-11. A 6-3 run from the Rams would extend the lead back to five, 19-14. Wyoming was only able to pull to within three, 20-17 as CSU went on to win the set, 25-19, and the match 3-1.
The Cowgirls will close out the week on Thursday, Nov. 7 as they host the Nevada Wolf Pack. The match time is set for 7:00 p.m. in the UniWyo Sports Complex.