Rams end disappointing year with loss to Eagles: Boston College wins San Francisco Bowl 35-21

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Dec 312003
 
Authors: Vince Blaser

SAN FRANCISCO – Boston College safety T.J. Stancil did not have

an interception all season. But the junior said he told a friend at

the Eagles’ hotel that he would have three interceptions against

CSU in the Diamond Walnut San Francisco Bowl Wednesday.

Stancil lived up to his promise, recording three of BC’s (8-5)

five interceptions. CSU (7-6) quarterbacks Justin Holland and

Bradlee Van Pelt combined to throw five interceptions as the Eagles

pounded the Rams 35-21 in front of an announced 25,621.

“A lot of people have been getting on me because I haven’t had

any picks,” Stancil said. “We had a great scouting report.”

The Rams came into the game ranked 105th out of 117 Division I-A

teams in turnover margin. To make matters worse, Van Pelt was still

recovering from a broken right hand and had problems with swelling

throughout the game.

“You look at five interceptions, you’re going to lose the game,”

said Van Pelt, who had an x-ray on his hand after playing his last

collegiate game. “It’s the story of our season where we shoot

ourselves in the foot.”

The Eagles jumped out to a 21-0 first quarter lead behind good

field position set up by turnovers, special teams and big plays by

the offense. BC’s Will Blackmon returned the opening kickoff 59

yards to the CSU 41-yard line to set up the first Eagles’ score. BC

started the next drive on their own 2-yard line, but quarterback

Paul Peterson led the Eagles down the field, hooking up with

receiver Larry Lester on a 50-yard bomb to put BC up 14-0. Holland

started the game for CSU and threw the first of his two

interceptions on the second Ram possession. BC star running back

Derrick Knight took over from there, scoring his second touchdown

to put the Rams in a huge hole. Knight had 30 carries for 122 yards

and three touchdowns.

“In the beginning we started real flat,” said senior cornerback

and returnman Dexter Wynn, who also caught the first two passes of

his career on offense. “But we knew we could play with them when

the second quarter rolled around and we shut them out.”

The CSU defense began to shut down Knight and Peterson and CSU

got on the board on Van Pelt’s first drive of the game as running

back Jimmy Green ran it in from seven yards.

The Rams looked to be headed for another score just before

halftime, but Van Pelt threw across his body on a rollout and

Stancil made his second interception of the game in the end

zone.

CSU inched closer to 21-14 in the third quarter when Van Pelt

hit receiver David Anderson on a deep post for 40 yards and a

touchdown. Anderson’s 10 catches for 134 yards gave the sophomore

the all-time single season high in CSU history in both receiving

yards (1,293) and receptions (72). With the absence of starter

Chris Pittman due to academic ineligibility, Anderson played a key

role in the passing game and also set the school’s bowl game record

in receiving yards and receptions.

“I got hit pretty hard one play so I couldn’t really tell you

how it is (to get the record),” Anderson said. “But it’s nice I

guess, but I’d like to get a victory, I’m 0-2 in bowl games.”

The Rams could come no closer than seven points, however as Van

Pelt and Holland threw three more interceptions and BC expanded the

lead to 35-14. Head coach Sonny Lubick took the blame for the team

not being ready and said a lot of work needs to be done to cut down

the turnovers for next season.

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Record breaking night for Anderson

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Dec 312003
 
Authors: Joelle Milholm

For the second straight season the Rams ended their season with

a bowl loss, falling to Boston College 35-21 in the Diamond Walnut

San Francisco Bowl New Year’s Eve. While their bowl dreams did not

come true, one glimpse of the Rams’ bright future was apparent in

the form of sophomore wide receiver David Anderson.

“Colorado State is a really good football team,” said Boston

College head coach Dave O’Brien of the 7-6 Rams. “They present a

lot of problems with their offense.”

Anderson, who pulled down 10 receptions for 134 yards and one

touchdown, was the biggest problem for the Eagles’ defense. The 10

receptions were not only a career high for Anderson, but also set

CSU’s bowl record for most receptions in one game.

“Due to the fact that Pittman wasn’t playing, I think the game

plan was to get me the ball a little more,” Anderson said. “I knew

we would all have to step it up a notch. It kinda gets me prepared

for next season as well as everybody else. It is going to be a big

transition, but I think we can do it.”

Anderson carved his name in the CSU record books again by having

the most single-season receptions and yards with 72 catches for

1,293 yards. He also became the first CSU receiver to pass the

100-yard mark six times in one season.

“It has been an up and down year,” Anderson said. “It is

exciting to get those kinds of accolades. Records will be broken,

that is what is meant to be done, but I am 0-2 in bowl games and

that is nothing to be proud of.”

Even in the midst of a loss that was hard to swallow, the CSU

offensive squad managed to get 388 yards, 27 more than Boston

College, who finished its final season as a member of the Big East

Conference with an 8-5 record.

“I thought our offense played well and moved the ball down the

field very well,” CSU head coach Sonny Lubick said.

Four of the Rams’ first downs were due to Anderson

receptions.

On the season, Anderson averaged 99.5 yards per game, 18 yards

per catch and totaled nine touchdowns in 13 games. He emerged as

quarterbacks Bradlee Van Pelt’s and Justin Holland’s most

successful target and is currently seventh on the nation’s

receiving yards list.

So while Van Pelt and wide receivers Chris Pittman and Eric Hill

played their last games in CSU uniforms, the rising star that will

lead the Rams to a season with more wins and fewer turnovers will

be David Anderson.

Even with all of the accomplishments Anderson has achieved, his

biggest ones may yet lie ahead. The hope that lingers on the Rams’

horizon is the fact that Anderson is only a sophomore. He still has

two more years ahead of him and is optimistic about the future.

“We got a good young core coming back,” Anderson said. “We gotta

come back ready to go. There is no off-season in football so we

just have to come back and play again.”

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More than just football going on in San Francisco

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Dec 312003
 
Authors: Steve Latuda

My time in San Francisco has allowed me to experience many

things that I thought I would never get the opportunity to

experience.

Sure, I went down there to cover the second annual Diamond

Walnut San Francisco Bowl on New Year’s Eve, and that game also

contributed to my experiences, so let me talk a little about what I

saw, things you do not see in Fort Collins.

The most memorable thing I experienced while in San Francisco

came after the 35-21 CSU loss. While celebrating the New Year, Sean

Salisbury, the color commentator for the game and NFL analyst on

ESPN’s Sports Center was also at the same place that my friends and

I were.

One of the people I was traveling with, Nate Robertson, a senior

computer science major at Colorado State, somehow found an opening

and began to argue with Salisbury for a good 45 minutes about

topics ranging from how the Mountain West is better than the Pac 10

(where he found the guts to argue the MWC’s side still baffles me

to this day) and how if Michigan beats USC, Salisbury needs to give

him “props” on his show sometime in the future.

Salisbury took every thing Robertson threw at him in stride, but

did offer to bet him $5,000 that USC would win. Once money was

brought into the conversation, Robertson did back off a bit, and he

finished the argument by taking a picture with the former NFL

quarterback and shaking hands.

“Sean’s a real cool guy,” Robertson said. “He stood there and

talked college football with me.”

Other sites San Francisco had to offer was a man standing on the

corner of the street playing a modified version of three-card

monte. For those of you who don’t know what that is, it is a game

that uses three cards, and the guy running the game moves the cards

around and allows the viewers to pick out the ace of spades, but

for a price.

Did I mention that it is illegal?

The version that I witnessed saw this man use three Mountain Dew

bottle caps and a small red ball.

After studying the game for a few minutes, I figured out that he

had up to three people working for him in the crowd, and sometimes

the ball was never under any bottle cap, but was in his hand.

But this did not deter one CSU student from losing $150 to the

man, and walking away with an empty feeling in his stomach.

Did I mention that it is a really big scam?

But in all seriousness, when the game came to an end, the Rams

not only lost the game, but will lose many great seniors who have

become like legends in the Fort Collins community.

Bradlee Van Pelt, Dexter Wynn, Drew Wood, Chris Pittman, Rahsaan

Sanders, Mark Dreyer, Jeff Flora and all the other seniors will be

greatly missed for helping to continue the amazing turn -around the

CSU program has witnessed during coach Sonny Lubick’s tenure at

CSU.

“It has to come to an end at some point,” Wynn said after the

game.

That is true, but something must also begin for it to come to an

end, and now it is new people beginning to help continue the turn

around.

David Anderson, Justin Holland, Jimmy Green, Marcus Houston,

Brandon Cathy, Courtney Jones, Jahmal Hall and all the other

returning players, it is their turn, and they know it.

“It’s time to lift weights and start the 6 A.M. runs,” Anderson

said. “It’s time to prepare for next season. We have a good young

core coming back.”

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Van Pelt throws, inches closer to playing in San Francisco

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Dec 232003
 
Authors: Steve Latuda

Bradlee Van Pelt continued to throw in practice on Monday, and

says that his hand is finally starting to feel better.

While throwing the ball on Friday, Van Pelt’s passes were wobbly

and tended to float on him. But while throwing Monday, his ball had

a much tighter rotation to it, and seemed to find receivers a

little better.

“I can throw it,” Van Pelt said. “I have to tape my fingers just

to protect me from some of the torque it puts on my fingers. That’s

what hurts the most. But I can throw it.”

Coach Lubick does not agree.

“Every time I’ve talked to him, he tells me he can not throw,”

Lubick said. “I am not to sure of what is going on, but we will

find out soon enough.”

Rams backup quarterback Justin Holland has been seeing the

majority of the snaps in practice, and will continue to until Van

Pelt is ready to play.

CSU also continued to game plan for a Boston College team that

possesses a big physical offensive line.

“We will continue to do what we have always done on defense,”

defensive end Patrick Goodpaster said. “We will stay low and fill

our gaps.”

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Rams visit bowls throughout the ages

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Dec 222003
 
Authors: Vince Blaser

In 2001 and 2002, the CSU football team won consecutive Mountain

West Conference titles.

Their reward: Spending most of the holiday break practicing in

cold temperatures and then traveling to Memphis, Tenn., where

temperatures were usually even colder, for the AXA Liberty Bowl to

play against the Conference USA champion.

This season the Rams struggled in close games and just managed

to finish above .500 at 7-5.

Their reward: Practicing in 55-degree weather on a brand new

synthetic field that feels like summer grass and traveling to San

Francisco for a New Year’s Eve match against a prominent Big East

team.

While the Rams are disappointed in the outcome of the 2003

season, they certainly look forward to playing in the Diamond

Walnut San Francisco Bowl against Boston College(7-5).

“It’s my last game, I’m going to enjoy it,” said senior

linebacker

Drew Wood. “I wanted to win conference, but I’d much rather go

to San Francisco than Memphis. I’ve been to Memphis plenty and I

don’t really like it there, so I’m going to have fun in San

Francisco.”

CSU’s fifth-year seniors have been to a bowl game every year

since becoming a Ram, including three Liberty Bowls.

The Rams lost the 1999 Liberty Bowl to C-USA champ Southern Miss

23-17, beat Louisville 22-17 in the 2000 Liberty and lost to Texas

Christian 17-3 in Memphis last year.

In 2001, the Rams struggled to a 6-5 mark, but landed a birth in

the New Orleans Bowl and crushed North Texas 45-20.

Five straight bowl games were unthinkable before the arrival of

head coach Sonny Lubick in 1993. Before Lubick, the Rams had only

gone to two bowl games in 100 years of competition.

In 1948, CSU, then called Colorado A&M, lost the Raisin Bowl

to Occidental College, now a Division III school, 21-20. They

didn’t appear in another bowl game until 1990 when they upset

Oregon in the Freedom Bowl 32-31.

However, since Lubick’s arrival, the Rams are in their eighth

bowl game in 11 years.

Before the eight teams of the Mountain West Conference broke off

from the ever-expanding 16-team Western Athletic Conference in

1999, the WAC champ played the second or third place team from the

Big 12 or Big Ten conferences in the Holiday Bowl in San Diego. CSU

lost its first Holiday Bowl 24-14 to Michigan in 1994, was blown

out by Kansas State 54-21 in the 1995 Holiday Bowl and finally

triumphed in San Diego with a 35-24 win over Missouri in the 1997

Holiday Bowl.

Lubick has said many times that he really enjoyed the Holiday

Bowl and thought it was a great place for the Rams to play as

conference champs.

He said the Rams’ return to California should be a good reward

for the players. “Going out to San Francisco should be a great city

to be in,” Lubick said. “It’s as good of a venue as we’ve been

to.”

Playing at Pacific Bell Park in San Francisco is also an

advantage for the 37 players on CSU’s roster that are from

California. Senior wide receiver Chris Pittman, from suburban San

Diego, said that dozens of people have been asking him for tickets

to the game.

“Man, I only get six tickets, I don’t know what I can do,”

Pittman said. “It’s going to be like a home game, pretty much.”

Notes: The Rams wrapped up their workouts in Fort Collins with

practices on Sunday afternoon and Monday morning. They will take a

break for the holidays before arriving in San Francisco on Dec. 26.

They are scheduled to practice three times in San Francisco before

the game.

Quarterback Bradlee Van Pelt continued to throw without full

padding Sunday, but Lubick said he is improving every day and

should be ready to play on Dec. 31.

Lubick said that other than senior linebacker Eric Pauly, the

Rams could have their entire roster ready to play against BC.

Linebacker Courtney Jones has tendonitis in a knee, linebacker

Jahmal Hall is recovering from a knee injury and tight end Joel

Dreessen has not been practicing because of lingering problems with

an abdominal injury. But Lubick said all three could play.

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San Francisco quickly approaching

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Dec 202003
 
Authors: Joelle Milholm

With a week and a half remaining before the Rams are set to face

Boston College in the Diamond Walnut San Francisco Bowl, the Rams

practiced for over two hours on Saturday in beautiful, 55-degree,

sunny weather.

“Practice went better today,” head coach Sonny Lubick said. “We

are going to do the same thing tomorrow. We will have a short

practice on Monday and go from there.”

Wednesday marked a very important step in the road to recovery

for senior quarterback Bradlee Van Pelt who briefly began throwing

a few passes. After breaking his right hand against UNLV on Nov.

22, Van Pelt has had surgery and had a 2.5-inch titanium rod

inserted, that will later be removed, to secure the break. His

improvement has moved along at a steady pace, as Van Pelt continued

throwing Friday and Saturday.

“It still hurts but I can move it and I have a lot of strength

in it,” Van Pelt said. “Throwing the ball is a lot of different

movements and it still hurts. I can’t just get back in there and

start winging the ball.”

Van Pelt has not dressed in full pads since the injury and does

not plan to until the team goes to San Francisco.

“He’s still got a week. If he can get three days in he’ll be

OK,” Lubick said.

CSU started preparing for Boston College in practice on

Wednesday with special focus on limiting the ground game lead by

senior Eagle running back Derek Knight.

“I think things are going well,” Lubick said. “The kids are

working hard and we did some live work today and that really livens

things up. (Knight) is a good running back and we’ll see how it

goes.”

Lubick has installed a few changes as sophomore Adam Hayward has

been playing wide receiver instead of safety and sophomore wide

receiver Joey Flores has moved to defensive back.

On a side note, sophomore defensive back Ben Stratton sat out

Saturday’s practice with a sore hamstring. Stratton said the injury

is minor and he plans on returning to practice Sunday or

Monday.

Off the field, graduation is in the air as senior linebacker

Eric Pauly, who missed the majority of the season with a knee

injury, gave the opening speech at his graduation ceremony of the

College of Business on Saturday.

At the conclusion of one graduation ceremony on Friday, some

fortunate CSU graduates exiting Moby Arena had the chance to get

autographs and take pictures with Lubick who had just finished

interviews.

As far as final preparations for the big game, the team will now

practice Sunday and Monday before taking three days off for the

holiday. The team then travels to San Francisco on Dec. 26 and

begin practices in the Bay City on Dec. 27.

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Eagles bring different look to San Francisco

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Dec 202003
 
Authors: Steve Latuda

The Boston College Eagles (7-5) are a team unlike any team that

the Rams have seen this year, and CSU knows it.

“They run a lot of cover-2, kind of like Utah,” sophomore wide

receiver David Anderson said about the Eagles’ defense. “They are

fast, big and aggressive, but we really did not see that kind of

defense in the Mountain West this year.”

The Eagles’ cover-2 defense is set up like the Rams’ cover-2,

but every defense has its own style.

The Eagles’ defense gave up an average of 25.8 points per game

this year, while the Rams gave up an average of 23.6.

As for rushing, BC allowed 127.2 yards per game on the ground,

but the Rams gave up 156.1 yards on the ground.

That number could be a problem since the Rams will see possibly

the best running back and offensive line they have faced all

season.

“Their two offensive guards were both first-team All Big East

selections,” said defensive linemen Patrick Goodpaster. “And their

running back is better than DonTrell Moore.”

That is bad news for the Rams because Moore, a running back at

New Mexico, led the MWC in rushing this season, and ran for 242

yards and three touchdowns in the Rams’ 37-34 loss to the Lobos

early in the season.

“Their offense is a little like New Mexico’s,” head coach Sonny

Lubick said. “But they are a lot more physical up front.”

Offensive guards Augie Hoffmann and Chris Snee have been the

catalysts behind the powerful Eagle rushing attack all season

long.

They formed the core of an Eagle offensive line that paved the

way for Knight to rush for 1,599 yards in 2003 and become BC’s

all-time rushing leader with 3,603 career yards.

The 6-foot-2-inches, 310-pound Hoffmann is the leader of the

line, and was awarded the Scanlan Award, the highest honor bestowed

upon a Boston College football player.

As for Snee, the 6-foot-3-inches, 330-pound junior has a chance

to win the Scanlan Award next season.

The Eagles offense is averaging 28 points and 408 total yards of

offense per game.

The Rams score 30 points and total 443 yards per game.

Friday was the first day the Rams were able to practice on their

new AstroPlay artificial practice field, and both the players and

coaches gave it high reviews.

“I liked it,” Anderson said. “Playing on the old field feels

like you are running on concrete. I wish we could get about three

more of them.”

“It is really nice to have,” Lubick said. “This is going to help

us in everyway.”

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Van Pelt throwing but still hurting

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Dec 202003
 
Authors: Vince Blaser

CSU quarterback Bradlee Van Pelt threw passes in practice Friday

for the second time since breaking a bone in his right hand.

However, Van Pelt’s passes were shaky at times and he said he

still has a long way to go to be ready for the Boston College

Eagles in the Diamond Walnut San Francisco Bowl on Dec. 31.

“(The hand) feels better each and every day,” Van Pelt said

after practice. “Sometimes you just have to work it back into

playing shape.”

The star senior broke a metatarsal bone in his right hand during

the Rams’ last regular season game against Nevada-Las Vegas on Nov.

22. Sophomore quarterback Justin Holland took over and led the Rams

to a comeback victory.

“I’m just going to do what I normally do and prepare like I’m

going to play,” Holland said. “If (Van Pelt) ever did go down, I

would be ready to go in.”

Van Pelt practiced in most drills without shoulder pads and a

helmet while the rest of the team was in full padding during

Friday’s two-and-a-half hour practice, the Rams’ first on their new

practice field. Van Pelt did not participate in the full-team

scrimmage at the end of practice.

“Bradlee’s coming along but it’s going to be another week before

we know if he’s going to be ready,” head coach Sonny Lubick said.

“It just might be a game-time decision.”

Van Pelt said he would probably wear a helmet during Saturday’s

practice and hopefully be in full padding soon after. The Rams will

practice Saturday, Sunday and Monday before taking a break for the

holidays. They will head to San Francisco on Dec. 26 and practice

three more times before the game.

“My hand has it’s own timetable,” Van Pelt said. “When it gets

cold, my hand gets stiff.”

Van Pelt and Holland were more concerned about getting ready for

Boston College’s defense. Van Pelt said the team has to focus even

harder now finals are over because they will have more time

off.

“It’s hard to stay focused (for a bowl game),” Van Pelt said.

“You have finals week, you have a big break ahead of you and plus

you have so much time off.

“That’s why there are teams that are really good that show up to

bowl games that just don’t perform well. Last year (in the Liberty

Bowl) was a good reminder that if you go into a game thinking that

everything is just going to come together because it should. It’s

the wrong attitude to have.”

Holland said the Eagles run a base defense of four lineman and

three linebackers and are extremely physical.

“It will probably be one of the most physical games we’ll see,

especially the receivers,” Holland said. “We’ll stay with our basic

stuff, but we come up with new stuff every week.”

The Rams practiced on a new artificial surface field installed

on the west end of the main campus. The field was funded by a

portion of the $15.1 million donation from the non-profit community

organization, The Bohemian Foundation, to the athletic department

in May. It is asynthetic surface that is made to feel like grass,

but has a rubber or sand combination underneath that drains the

field quickly and is more durable to wear and tear.

“It felt great,” Holland said. “The ground’s so hard now in the

winter that it’s just not forgiving at all and your cleats don’t

sink into it but on the (artificial surface) it’s like the first

day of two-a-days when the grass is just perfect.”

 

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Knight in untouchable armor

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Dec 162003
 
Authors: Joelle Milholm

When the Rams run onto the field at Pacific Bell Park in San

Francisco to face Boston College in the Diamond Walnut San

Francisco Bowl they will find a 5-foot-9-inches, 205-pound obstacle

blocking their path to victory. That obstacle is senior running

back Derek Knight.

Knight is the fuel behind the mighty Boston College offense that

averages 407.8 yards and 27.9 points per game. The 2003 season has

been a memorable one for Knight, as he averages 133.2 rushing yards

per game and has totaled 1,599 on the year. With 26 receptions, he

has proven there is more to him than his ground game – he also

averages 18.9 receiving yards per game and accumulating 152.2 yards

of total offense per contest.

Those numbers not only lead the Big East Conference, but also

ranked him No. 3 in rushing in the nation. He rushed for 197 yards

when the Eagles knocked off then-No. 12 Virginia Tech and became

Boston College’s all-time rushing leader with 3,603 career rushing

yards.

CSU head coach Sonny Lubick is a keeping the strength of the

Eagle’s running game in mind as he prepares his team for the San

Francisco Bowl.

“Boston College is a solid team. They are going to be physical

and try to run the ball,” Lubick said. “They have a very good

running back and are sound all the way around.”

CSU has been fairly successful at stopping the run this season,

only giving up 156.1 yards on the ground per game. Twice they have

held teams to less than 100 yards rushing when California ran for

51yards and Weber State ran for 79 yards.

A weakness in the Rams’ run defense was exposed against New

Mexico, as Lobos’ running back DonTrell Moore racked up 242 yards

with three touchdowns. His numbers contributed to the 319 rushing

yards the Lobos gained on the ground in their 37-34 victory.

Knight has staged similar performances, accumulating a

career-high 224 and three touchdowns in a 35-25 victory over

Rutgers and 175 yards and one touchdown in a 53-29 win over Ball

State.

Games like those provide evidence that running backs can win

games by shutting down opposing defenses. If the Rams plan on

getting back on the winning track in bowl games after last year’s

embarrassing 17-3 loss to Texas Christian, one thing is certain:

they must find a hole in Knight’s suit of armor.

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Wait til next year

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Dec 142003
 
Authors: Josh Pilkington

Gainesville, Fla. – Having fallen from the graces of the NCAA

volleyball elite, the Rams of CSU now return home after a

successful run to the regional semifinals came to an abrupt

halt.

The Rams suffered only their second three-game sweep of the

season (the other came to then-No.1 Stanford to begin the season)

at the hands of the Florida Gators in Florida’s O’Connell Center.

But the demeanor of the team is not one of anguish or remorse; but

of anxiety to prepare for the 2004 season.

“I was proud of my players. We hung in there,” said CSU head

coach Tom Hilbert following the team’s 30-13, 30-22, 30-26 loss to

the Gators. “We have no seniors on this team, so I’m pretty excited

for the future. What I told them after the game was that this was a

measuring stick for us.”

It well could be, if the Rams retain what they learned from

their experience here and apply it to next season – something

outside hitter Becky Sarauer said the team plans to do.

“We now know how good we have to play at this point in the

season,” the junior said. “We know what we have to do to get past

(the regional semifinal) round.”

That the Rams reached the regional semifinals was not much of a

surprise for the coaches or the players; nevertheless it serves as

a learning experience for everyone involved, said junior middle

blocker Katie Jo Shirley.

“Next year we have high expectations of where we want to go,”

said the 6-foot junior whose four-year tenure on the team exceeds

that of her younger teammates.

After going undefeated in the Mountain West Conference regular

season and tournament and with three all-MWC first team members

(Shirley, sophomore Tess Rogers and junior Melissa Courtney)

returning, the team has every right to be excited for 2004.

“This match, for us, was a valuable learning experience,” said

Courtney, who was also named co-MWC Player of the Year this

season.

With so much youth and so much talent, the refrain resounds for

the Rams: wait ’til next year.

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