Volleyball Loses Heartbreaker To Gophers




Facing its second consecutive nationally ranked team, the Colorado State volleyball team dropped a long, hard-fought five-game battle to #22 Minnesota 26-30, 30-23, 30-20, 24-30, 9-15 to fall to 7-4 on the year. The Golden Gophers improved to 5-5 on the year.

Junior outside hitter Becky Sarauer led the Rams with 16 kills, while sophomore Tess Rogers added 13 kills and junior middle blocker Katie Jo Shirley had 10. Junior middle blocker Bri Frech tallied a career-high 10 blocks in the loss, while junior setter Melissa Courtney notched her first solo block of the year and for the first time in her three years recorded two solo blocks. She also shattered her career high with nine blocks, breaking previous high of five against San Diego State on Oct. 4, 2002.

?I was really pleased with our composure through the middle of match,? said head coach Tom Hilbert. ?In game four the serving demons came back to haunt us. We missed seven serves in game four. We certainly would have won that match without all those service errors.?

Cassie Busse led Minnesota with 24 kills, while Trisha Bratford had 15 kills and Erin Martin chipped in 11. Libero Paula Gentil led all players with 19 digs and Lindsey Taatjes led the Golden Gophers with four blocks.

?Busse really came through for them in the end,? Hilbert continued. ?She was fabulous for them in games four and five. It was an opportunity that got away from us, but now we have to focus on the next two matches.?

Bratford earned the first two points of the match for the Gophers, getting a kill for the first point and a block to put Minnesota up 2-0 early. Down 6-5, Sarauer stepped back to serve for the Rams and scored five straight points to give the Rams the 10-6 advantage. Minnesota called a timeout and Sarauer missed the next serve. The Gophers returned the favor and then Frech served an ace for the 12-7 Rams lead. Minnesota scored nine of the next 10 points to reclaim the lead at 16-13. Trailing 20-16, Casey Bauer saw her first action as a middle blocker, replacing Frech and immediately getting two kills in a row. The Rams were behind 29-23 and fought off game point three times, but eventually fell 30-26. Four Rams tallied two kills each but the team hit a negative .081. Minnesota hit just .077 with Bratford leading the way with five kills. The teams combined to miss 10 serves (6 Minnesota, 4 Colorado State).

Rogers started off the second game with an ace serve for the Rams and then Sarauer got a kill off the block for the 2-0 early lead. Sarauer was in on the next three points for the Rams and then Downs added a kill for the 6-2 lead. With the 13-10 lead Frech got a kill to give the Rams the serve where Sarauer nailed two aces in three plays with the other being a triple block with Rogers, Frech and Downs. The Rams lead was nine at 26-17. Minnesota scored the next three points when Hilbert called a timeout to regroup. Bowman missed the next serve for Minnesota and then Sarauer got her third ace of the game and the Rams went on to win 30-23. Downs led with six kills in the game as the Rams hit .314, holding the Golden Gophers to a .222.

Minnesota scored the first three points of the third game and tok a 6-2 lead before Sarauer scored three straight for the Rams. CSU continued to chip away at the Gopher lead and tied the score at 9-9 off a Rogers solo block. The Rams scored two more to take the lead and then scored five of the next seven to lead 16-11 when the Gophers called a timeout. With a 21-17 lead, Shirley got a kill off a slide and Rogers served the next four points for the 26-17 lead and the Rams went on to win 30-20. Shirley led the Rams with five kills and the team hit .433 while holding Minnesota to a negative .056 hitting percentage. The Rams also had seven blocks in the third stanza compared to just one for the Gophers.

Tied at 3-3 in the fourth game, Minnesota scored four straight before the teams traded points through most of the game. With the 22-21 lead the Golden Gophers won two long rallies to take the 24-21 advantage when Hilbert used his first timeout. Rogers then got a kill and the teams again traded points until 26-24. The Gophers scored the next four to win the game, including an ace serve on game point by Busse. The Rams hit .200 in the game, compared to .273 for the Gophers and managed just one block. Rogers and Sarauer combined for 10 of the Rams 15 kills in the fourth game.

Frech began the fifth game with an ace serve for the Rams and then Minnesota rattled off three straight, including an ace serve by Busse when Hilbert called his first timeout. CSU tied the score at three with two kills by Rogers and Shirley and then the score was tied at four and five when Brittany Hoff came in to serve for Shirley. Frech and Courtney blocked the next two balls for the 7-5 lead when Minnesota called its first timeout. Busse got two more kills in the next three points to give the Gophers the 8-7 lead and then Sarauer got a CSU kill for the sixth tie of the game. Two errors by the Rams gave Minnesota a 10-8 lead and Hilbert called his final break. Busse then scored four straight for the Gophers for the 15-9 win.




                              Volleyball Box Score
                         Colorado State 2003 Volleyball
         Colorado State vs Minnesota (Sep 19, 2003 at Minneapolis, MN)



    Colorado State         |     ATTACK      |SET| SERVE |SRV|DEF|  BLOCK |GEN
 ## Name                 GP|  K   E  TA   PCT|  A| SA  SE| RE|DIG|BS BA BE|BHE|POINTS
 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 4  ROGERS, Tess........  5| 13   4  30  .300|  0|  1   4|  1|  1| 1  1  0|  0|  15.5
 9  COURTNEY, Melissa...  5|  2   7  14 -.357| 49|  0   3|  0|  7| 2  7  0|  1|   7.5
 10 SARAUER, Becky......  5| 16   4  47  .255|  0|  3   6|  0|  3| 0  2  0|  0|  20.0
 11 SHIRLEY, Katie Jo...  5| 10   5  20  .250|  2|  0   4|  1| 11| 1  2  0|  0|  12.0
 15 FRECH, Bri..........  5|  8   4  21  .190|  1|  2   3|  0|  4| 0 10  1|  0|  15.0
 16 KARLIK, Kristen.....  5|  0   0   0  .000|  2|  0   0|  1|  6| 0  0  0|  0|   0.0
 1  HOFF, Brittany......  2|  0   0   0  .000|  0|  0   0|  0|  1| 0  0  0|  0|   0.0
 5  FOYTICH, Kimi.......  1|  0   0   0  .000|  0|  0   0|  0|  0| 0  0  0|  0|   0.0
 8  BAUER, Casey........  1|  2   0   2 1.000|  0|  0   0|  0|  0| 0  0  0|  0|   2.0
 14 KERR, Lindsey.......  5|  0   0   0  .000|  1|  0   0|  1| 15| 0  0  0|  0|   0.0
 17 DOWNS, Andreya......  5|  9   4  24  .208|  1|  0   1|  1|  1| 0  3  0|  0|  10.5
 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Totals..............  5| 60  28 158  .203| 56|  6  21|  5| 49| 4 25  1|  1|  82.5

 TEAM ATTACK PER GAME                               TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 16.5
 Game  K  E  TA   Pct
   1   8 11  37 -.081   GAME SCORES           1  2  3  4  5  TEAM RECORDS
   2  16  5  35  .314   Colorado State...... 26 30 30 24  9  7-4
   3  16  3  30  .433   Minnesota........... 30 23 20 30 15  5-5
   4  15  7  40  .200
   5   5  2  16  .188

    Minnesota              |     ATTACK      |SET| SERVE |SRV|DEF|  BLOCK |GEN
 ## Name                 GP|  K   E  TA   PCT|  A| SA  SE| RE|DIG|BS BA BE|BHE|POINTS
 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 3  Taatjes, Lindsey....  5|  1   0   8  .125| 49|  1   2|  0|  8| 0  4  1|  0|   4.0
 4  Bratford, Trisha....  5| 15   8  38  .184|  0|  0   2|  1|  8| 2  1  1|  0|  17.5
 5  Nelson, Meredith....  5|  7   7  20  .000|  3|  0   0|  0|  1| 0  3  0|  0|   8.5
 6  Peniata, Marci......  5|  0   0   1  .000|  0|  1   1|  1| 11| 0  0  0|  0|   1.0
 11 Busse, Cassie.......  5| 24   9  42  .357|  1|  2   4|  0|  8| 0  0  0|  0|  26.0
 13 Martin, Erin........  5| 11   8  35  .086|  0|  0   4|  0|  5| 1  0  2|  0|  12.0
 1  Bowman, Kelly.......  5|  0   0   1  .000|  2|  1   3|  2|  1| 0  0  0|  0|   1.0
 10 Byrnes, Jessica.....  5|  5   5  14  .000|  1|  0   0|  0|  0| 1  2  0|  0|   7.0
 12 Cipperly, Amanda....  1|  0   0   1  .000|  0|  0   0|  0|  0| 0  0  0|  0|   0.0
 15 Gentil, Paula.......  5|  0   0   2  .000|  4|  0   0|  2| 19| 0  0  0|  0|   0.0
 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Totals..............  5| 63  37 162  .160| 60|  5  16|  6| 61| 4 10  4|  0|  77.0

 TEAM ATTACK PER GAME                               TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 9.0
 Game  K  E  TA   Pct
   1  14 11  39  .077   Site: Minneapolis, MN (Sports Pavilion)
   2  14  6  36  .222   Date: Sep 19, 2003   Attend: 1547   Time: 2:00
   3  11 13  36 -.056   Referees: Barbara Stromme, Nance Nester
   4  14  5  33  .273   Diet Coke Classic Game #2
   5  10  2  18  .444




	Colorado State will face UW-Milwaukee at 10:00 (Central time) tomorrow morning in the second day of the Diet Coke Classic and then conclude the tournament against Charlotte at 5:00 p.m.


 

 

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