Nov. 5, 2004
Ft. Collins, Colo. -- In their final home match of the season, the Wyoming volleyball team (13-11 overall, 6-6 in the MWC) suffered a three game loss (21-30, 27-30, 24-30) to the ninth ranked team in the country Colorado State Rams (20-2 overall, 11-1 in the MWC), on Friday night, in Laramie.
Colorado State opened up and took an early 6-3 lead, which was answered by a 4-1 Cowgirl run to tie it up at seven. The Rams scored the next five of six to go up by four, but Wyoming battled back with six of seven points to take their first lead of the game 14-13. It was the Rams who would come back and score the next seven in a row to regain a 20-14 advantage. The Cowgirls managed to pull within five, but CSU took the first game, 30-21.
CSU jumped out in the second game, 9-6, but Wyoming answered back with a 5-2 run to even it up at 11. The Rams quickly went back up by three, which was again tied up by the Cowgirls at 19 as they scored the next six of nine points. The teams would trade points back and forth until Colorado State took control and the game 30-27.
In game three, it was the Cowgirls turn to come out and take a very decisive lead, 14-8. The Rams battled their way back into it with a run which brought them to within two, 19-17, and they eventually took the lead 22-21. Down 25-21, the Cowgirls would also pull within two unfortunately that would be as close as they would get. Colorado State would win the game 30-24 and the match 3-0.
The Cowgirls were led by freshmen Rachel Smith and Andrea Tuck. Smith finished with a team high 14 kills and a .419 (14-1-31) hitting percentage, while Tuck recorded 12 kills. As a team, UW hit .234 (43-17-111) compared to .308 (59-23-117) by the Rams.
Colorado State was led by Tess Rogers, who finished her night with 14 kills and a .476 (14-4-21) hitting percentage.
"We had our opportunities tonight, but just didn't take advantage of them," said head coach Pat Stangle. "CSU is a very good team offensively and didn't make a lot of errors. We just couldn't capitalize on some of those openings they gave us."
The Cowgirls will be on the road next week as they wrap up regular season conference play in Utah. They will face the Utah Utes, on Friday night in Salt Lake, and the BYU Cougars, on Saturday night, in Provo. Both matches are set to begin at 7:00 p.m.