Nov. 18, 2010
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
In their only match of the week, the Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Team (22-8 overall, 7-7 in the MWC) fell short in three sets (20-25, 21-25, 13-25) against the 15th ranked Colorado State Rams (24-3 overall, 13-1 in MWC), on Thursday night, in Laramie.
"First of I thought we had a great crowd, especially for an early start time," said head coach Carrie Yerty. "We are talking about playing the 15th ranked team in the country in CSU. They are a great team, and we are a young team trying to get to that point. The next step for us is to compete against the top teams in the league. I think a big part for us tonight was when CSU got momentum that we tried to stop it, kept competing and following the game plan. We've got two big matches next weekend. We will start again back in the gym to keep getting better."
The Cowgirls were led by Jodi Purdy who recorded a team high nine kills and seven digs, while hitting .273 (9-3-22) for the match. She was followed by Reese Roehrkasse with seven kills, three block assists and a .308 (7-3-13). UW hit .160 (30-17-81) for the match and recorded five total team blocks.
Colorado State was led by Danielle Minch with 15 kills, three total blocks and a .250 915-7-32) hitting percentage. Katelyn Steffan and Jacque Davisson each added nine kills each, while Audrey Hemmings finished with 12 digs. The Rams hit .340 (48-15-97) for the match.
The Rams jumped out early in the match as they took a 6-2 advantage. Wyoming responded with a 5-1 run to pull even at seven all. Over the next several plays, the two teams traded scores. With it all tied up at nine, CSU scored 9 of 11 to regain an 18-11 lead. They would maintain a seven to eight point advantage. The Cowgirls tried to close the gap and pulled to within five, 23-17, but they would fall in the first set 25-20.
It was a battled to begin with as it was all tied up at eight all through the first 16 points. The Rams would go on a 9-2 run to give them a seven point advantage, 17-10. Wyoming would chip away at the lead and pull to within three, 20-17. Despite the two teams playing almost even down the stretch, Colorado State would win the second set, 25-21.
The Cowgirls kept it close in the early going of the third set at four all. The Rams made a 7-3 run to give them a four point advantage, 11-7. They would extend that lead to eight, 20-12. It was never close after that as Colorado State held Wyoming to one more point in the set. CSU won the set 25-13 and the match 3-0.
Wyoming will close out the regular season as they host two matches next week. They will welcome the BYU Cougars, on Wednesday, Nov. 24, and the Utah Utes, on Friday Nov. 26. Both matches are set for 7:00 p.m. in the UniWyo Sports Complex.