Nov. 7, 2007
FORT COLLINS, Colo. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball team suffered a 3-0 loss (23-30, 18-30, 27-30) to the Colorado State Rams on Wednesday night in Fort Collins. UW's record slips to 11-13 overall, 5-10 in the Mountain West Conference, while CSU's record improves to 18-5 overall, 11-2 in the MWC.
Cowgirl senior Rachel Smith continued to move up UW's career kills list, as she recorded a team-best 16 kills against the Rams. Smith is narrowly third in school history at Wyoming, now trailing all-time leader Ronda Munger by only 12 kills. Munger owns the record with 1,536 kills in her career, while Smith has 1,524.
The two teams were neck and neck early in game one, but the Rams slowly pulled away for a seven point win, 30-23. In game two, after an early 7-7 tie, CSU again pulled away and then used a 6-1 run to close the game, 30-18. Game three was the tightest of the night, but the Rams maintained a three-point lead through the late-going and held on to win the game, 30-27 and the match 3-0.
CSU was better in most categories, out-hitting UW .330 to .153 and out-blocking UW 20-4.
The Rams were led by Mekana Barnes with 14 kills. Tonya Mokelki added 12 kills. Barnes also had six blocks.
In an unusual late-season break in MWC play, the Cowgirls will not play another match until they host the Air Force Academy on Friday, November 16.