Oct. 8, 2011
By Leah Sakdol
Athletic Media Relations
LARAMIE, Wyo.--Despite winning the first two sets, the No. 23 Colorado State Rams fell to the Wyoming Cowgirls, 3-2, (25-15, 25-20, 23-25, 22-25, 16-18) Saturday night at the UniWyo Sports Complex. The Rams are now 11-4 overall, and 4-1 in MW action.
The Cowgirls (13-7, 3-2 MW) had no answer for the Rams in the first two sets, allowing CSU to hit .411 heading into the intermission, but Wyoming fought back to take the final three sets. It was Wyoming's first win over CSU since 1997, Head Coach Tom Hilbert's first season in Fort Collins, snapping CSU's 26-match win streak over its rival.
CSU got off to a rough start in the first set, allowing Wyoming to take an early lead of 5-1. After a timeout, the Rams got a three-point run and then captured the lead at 9-8, following a kill from junior MB Brieon Paige. CSU went on to win the set, 25-15. As a team, the Rams hit .391 for the set, holding the Cowgirls to .097.
The Rams were able to hold off the Cowgirls again in Set 2. Wyoming fought hard and managed to take a short-lived lead at 16-15. CSU, though, was able to regain control after an 18-18 tie, and rallied off five straight points to take a 23-18 lead. The Rams went on to win the set, 25-20.
Despite leading 20-16 in the third set, CSU allowed Wyoming to go on a 9-3 run late, and take Set 3, 25-23.
Wyoming continued to play strong beating CSU 25-22 in the fourth set, forcing a fifth deciding set.
CSU played strong in the final set, leading by as many five, but could not hold on. The Cowgirls clawed back to tie the score at 13, 14, 15 and 16, before taking its first lead of the set, 17-16, and earning the win on the next play.
The Rams recorded 77 total kills and 12 blocks while the Cowgirls had only 65 kills and seven blocks. The team also outhit the Cowgirls .295-.223.
Three Rams were able to notch double-doubles in the match. Senior OH Katelyn Steffan
recorded 11 digs and 28 kills, tying her career high in kills. Junior OH Dana Cranston
had 25 digs and a career-high 16 kills. Freshman setter Deedra Foss
also established a new career high with 66 assists, to go along with 13 digs.
Next up, CSU hosts a critical match vs. New Mexico on Thursday at 6 p.m. MT. The match will be aired on The Mtn.