CSU volleyball knocked out of NCAA tounrament

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Nov 292007
 
Authors: Adam Bohlmeyer

ANN ARBOR, Mich- With one leap and two hands in the air, Beth Karpiak ended the NCAA tournament life of the CSU volleyball team with a block.

The University of Michigan swept the Rams in three games 30-24, 30-27 and 30-23, knocking CSU out of the NCAA tournament in the second round Saturday evening on the Wolverines’ home court.

Coach Tom Hilbert said that it was UM’s long point runs that hurt his team the most.

“First of all I am proud of the team for the season we had,” he said. “I feel that (there) were times tonight we played well, but we gave up way to many long point runs. We can’t do that against a team like Michigan.”

CSU fought hard early in game 3, tying things up at 12-12, but that is as close as its would get. UM had runs of four and six straight points to put the Rams away in game 3.

Setter Ashley Fornstrom partially blamed the loss on CSU’s energy level, saying that the team came out a little too high strung.

“We were really hyped up, almost to hyped up,” the junior said. “It took us a while to settle down and get into our game, but once we did I felt like we fought hard. The first game we were overplaying a lot of things. We were over passing and over executing.”

Hilbert agreed.

“We were disrupted early in the first game, but I thought we settled down after that,” he said. “At the end of the first game and all of game 2 we were passing the ball pretty well.”

The Wolverines dominated CSU in serving, hitting only one service error to the Rams’ 10. Hilbert said that it was UM’s short floating serves that disrupted his team, leading to the long point runs.

“In game 3 it came down to the short serve, and we didn’t prepare our team well for that,” he said. “When it came down to it, we were able to do some things, but we struggling to get side outs.”

Karpiak, a middle blocker for Michigan, said that her team had practiced that serve a lot.

“It was a great technique to get them to go to the outside,” she said. “It got them back and prevented them from having three really good options up the middle.”

Hilbert is proud of the season the Rams had, but he didn’t expect it to end this way.

“This one hurts because I walked into the arena today believing we were going to win,” he said. “To there credit, they were a better team than us.”

Volleyball beat reporter Adam Bohlmeyer can be reached at sports@collegian.com

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Volleyball faces elimination in Michigan

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Nov 292007
 
Authors: Adam Bohlmeyer

Ann Arbor-The CSU volleyball team is in trouble in their second round NCAA tournament match against the University of Michigan.

The Rams are down two games to the Wolverines after losing game one and two 30-24 and 30-27.

CSU trailed the Wolverines early in game two, falling behind 6-10. The Rams would gather themselves, battling back to tie the game at 25-25 off of a Mekana Barnes kill. A UM attack error gave CSU their first lead of the match. It would be the last point the Rams would score in the game.

A Barnes service error and two straight kills gave UM a 29-27 lead. The Wolverines took the match on a Jamie Strauss attack error.

CSU must win the next straight game to escape elimination from their 13 straight NCAA tournament.

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Volleyball trails early in Michigan

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Nov 292007
 
Authors: Adam Bohlmeyer

Ann Arbor- The CSU volleyball team struggled early in their NCAA second round match against the University of Michigan.

The Wolverines jumped out to an early lead, hitting three straight kills to begin the game. The Rams would never recover. UM continued to put pressure on CSU, extending their lead 16-10 mid way through the match.

The Rams attempted mounted a comeback late in the game, cutting the Wolverines lead down to two, 20-22, but that was as close as they would get. Consecutive kills from Veronica Rood and Megan Bower finished off CSU in Game one, winning 30-24.

The Wolverines lead early in game two.

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Volleyball advances to second round

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Nov 292007
 
Authors: Adam Bohlmeyer

Ann Arbor- The CSU volleyball team proved that they deserved their 14 seed status in the NCAA tournament by dominating Illinois State in the first round Friday night.

The Rams defeated the Redbirds in three games 30-26, 30-20 and 30-15.

Head coach Tom Hilbert was proud of the effort he got from his team and explained that they played an all around solid match.

“We served and passed well and we didn’t hit very many unforced errors,” he said. “That allowed us to extend the game and our blocking to take over. We did a nice job today and our players maintained that through the match.”

The Rams only trailed twice during the entire match. Outside hitter Jamie Strauss and middle blocker Tessa Nelson led the way for the Rams, throwing down 10 kills each. Setter Ashley Fornstrom also had an impressive match, posting 38 assists and eight digs.

ISU head coach Sharon Dingman explained that CSU’s experience in the tournament helped them.

“CSU is just a really good volleyball team,” she said. “They could kill the ball and played like a team that has been in the tournament for 13 straight seasons.”

Sophomore Katelin Batten, who broke her single season record for saves during the match, said that the Rams defense was a key reason to the victory.

“We have been focusing and putting a lot of emphasis on defense now and out working the other team,” she said.

In the match CSU posted 68 digs and 17 blocks.

Batten added that no one should be surprised that the CSU won.

“It was expected of us,” the libero said. “We were confident going in and Michigan is going to be tough tomorrow, if they win.”

The Wolverines advanced to the second round by defeating Miami (OH) in three games during their first round match up 30-16, 30-18 and 30-27. UM was impressive in the victory hitting a combined .415 attack percentage.

This will be the second time the two teams have met this year. In their first meeting, UM defeated the Rams beat four games in CSU’s third match of the season.

Outside hitter Jamie Strauss thinks that won’t have any effect on the possible round two match up.

“Michigan probably thinks that they can beat us, but we are a different team than we were in the preseason,” the junior said. “I am sure Miami (OH) is to. Whatever happens we aren’t going to go in overconfident, we are just going to have to work hard.”

Tommorows match tips off at 5 pm in Ann Arbor.

Volleyball beat reporter Adam Bohlmeyer can be reached at sports@collegian.com

Player of the Game

Ashley Fornstrom

3 kills

.750 pct

38 assists

2 blocks

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“December Madness” starts tonight

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Nov 292007
 
Authors: Brandon Owens

Thirty-two teams will be eliminated tonight after the first round of the NCAA volleyball tournament. The 14th-seeded CSU Rams (22-7) hope they’re not one of them, as they begin play tonight against the Illinois State Redbirds (21-11) in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Coverage during the match can be heard on FM 90.5 KCSU.

CSU is competing in its 13th consecutive NCAA tournament. The Rams volleyball team lost its last match to Utah in the Mountain West Championship tournament and will try to move forward tonight.

Rams All-Mountain West Conference outside hitter Jaime Strauss expects a strong performance.

“I think we are really excited about what is going on,” she said. “We are going to focus on it and come together and play really well.”

ISU has won 18 of 22 games in its last nine matches and finished second in the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Tournament to earn a bid into the NCAA tournament.

The Redbirds are led by senior middle blocker Kari Staehlin and junior right side hitter M.C. Richmond, who earned first-team honors for the All-Missouri Valley Conference team.

Coach Tom Hilbert expects a tough battle and said that ISU plays the game very well defensively.

“They are up tempo and good defensively,” Hilbert said. “They have been through battles every match. That league has four or five really high quality teams. They are in a good conference so they are used to working.”

Hilbert’s keys to defeating the Redbirds include solid serving and passing, staying in long rallies, taking advantage of the Rams’ size through physical play and using their superior athletic ability.

He said it ultimately comes down to his players.

“There are some special elements of this team,” he said. “They are coachable, they have good volleyball IQ’s and they are kids of great character.”

If CSU does win, then they will play the winner of the Miami (Ohio)-Michigan match. They were defeated by Michigan in Hawaii, but beat Miami in Fort Collins.

Rams All-Mountain West Conference middle blocker Mekana Barnes said that CSU’s recent road experience will be a key factor in winning away from home.

“Because the last half of our season was on the road, it was enough practice for us to know how to win on the road,” she said.

Libero Katelin Batten said that team unity would be crucial to how far they go in the tournament.

“We need to play hard and together. We all need to be striving for the same goal while we are playing.”

Volleyball beat reporter Brandon Owens can be reached at sports@collegian.com.

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Rams take on UNC Bears Saturday

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Nov 292007
 
Authors: Matthew Pucak

After getting their first home win Wednesday, the CSU men’s basketball team will be looking to carry that momentum on the road when they face their oldest rival Saturday, the Northern Colorado Bears.

The inexperienced CSU (4-2) team has been blown out both times they have played on an opposing team’s court at two rough venues, Montana and Stanford. And they know that their game at UNC (2-3) will be no different.

“I hear we have a rival on Saturday, and they told me it’s gonna be a big thing. It’s like their Superbowl game, so I’m real excited like that. I love rivals, so I’m anxious to go to Northern Colorado,” said junior point guard Willis Garnder, who has averaged 12.8 points and 5.5 assists per game this season.

The Rams have had all but one of their games on the road this season, and while that may cause them to struggle a bit now, they know this tough early season will be worth it when the Mountain West Conference schedule starts.

“I think one of the biggest things was in Alaska, we got a lot of chemistry (winning the Top of the World Classic). Also, in our conference every road game is going to be a brutal game, and we are trying to get accustomed to that. So far, we haven’t really played at the level we need to play at on the road, but you can’t really know where you need to be at on the road until you play those tough games,” said senior center Stuart Creason, at, who averages 12.8 points7.7 rebounds this year.

The Rams were a bit lethargic Wednesday in their win over Arkansas Pine-Bluff, coach Tim Miles decided to give them a little break Thursday to prepare for a tough game.

“Our kids are a little tired right now; we’ve been on the road a lot, coach Miles has been on their butt a lot. And we’re gonna take tomorrow off, because we are gonna need great energy to beat Northern Colorado. We know what we’re walking into there,” Miles said .

The Rams first faced UNC in 1902, and since then the Rams lead the series 60-33, including winning last season’s game 75-66 at Moby Arena. The Bears have three players averaging double-digits, led by guard Will Figures, who averages 13.2 points per game, while Sean Taibi and Jabril Banks both average 12 points.

While UNC is not traditionally thought of as an athletic rival by CSU, Miles feels differently.

“In my eyes that is every bit as important of a rivalry, to be honest, Miles said. ” I look at it as a rivalry game, you know I really do, just the same as if it was against CU, Air Force, or Wyoming. And we’re gonna prepare accordingly.”.

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Penley’s absence from Lubick press conference business related

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Nov 292007
 
Authors: Laura Anderson

Tuesday’s press conference for Sonny Lubick was well attended by his supporters from both the CSU and Fort Collins community. In such a large crowd, it’s hard to say who came and who didn’t; however, the absence of CSU President Larry Penley did not go unnoticed.

Brad Bohlander, chief public relations officer, said Penley’s absence was purely business related, stating that the president had prior commitments, considering the last-minute nature of the press conference.

Though Penley considered attending, in the end, he decided against it.

“Tuesday was supposed to be about Sonny Lubick and (President Penley) felt that his presence would detract from that,” Bohlander said.

Bohlander also said that the meeting in Lubick’s honor was intended to be purely an athletics press conference, not a farewell gathering, and that, in the event that Lubick leaves the university all together, Penley has every intent on attending his formal farewell.

Meanwhile, the search for Lubick’s replacement continued Thursday, with little details released by the University.

“We’ve received a significant amount of interest from around the country and we’re moving along the process,” said athletic director Paul Kowalczyk’s spokesperson.

Gary Ozzello, a senior associate athletic director, said that a committee for the hiring process has not been formed yet and that there’s still no timetable for when the next head football coach will be named.

Staff Writer Laura Anderson can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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Coach Lubick moves on

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Nov 292007
 
Authors: Jeff Dillon

Sonny Lubick had spent the last 15 years fulfilling the daily duties of head football coach at CSU.

Last Saturday, one day after a victory over Wyoming and less than a week after Athletic Director Paul Kowalczyk informed him he was going to be fired, Lubick woke up with no duties to fulfill.

So, instead, he decided to help out with some household chores.

“I was home the last two days; I had nothing to do,” Lubick said during a press conference Tuesday. “I did the dishes three times. I hadn’t done that in 17 years.”

Lubick, the most successful football coach in the program’s history with a 108-74 record in 15 seasons, said he was surprised by Kowalczyk’s decision.

“I just figured we’d be out recruiting somewhere today,” Lubick said.

The firing is an abrupt ending to a storied career for the 70-year-old, who brought CSU football to a level it had never before seen, including six conference titles and a national ranking as high as 14th in 2000.

Kowalczyk said he had hoped Lubick was considering retirement before he asked him to step down, but Lubick was not.

“I think he still wanted to coach,” said Rams co-offensive coordinator Dave Lay. “That’s what makes it hard.”

Now the man who spent a decade-and-a-half building a football program in Fort Collins must find something new to direct his time and energy.

According to Associate Athletic Director Gary Ozzello, Lubick will take some time to decide whether he will accept a new position with the university as a fundraiser and program ambassador.

But Lubick seemed unsure if the position, written into his contract several years ago, would interest him, saying he would only want to do it “maybe on the other side of campus” to avoid stepping on the new coach’s toes.

“There’s no way as a coach, I wouldn’t want the former head coach hanging around,” Lubick said. “You guys know me. That’s the last thing I’d want to do.”

Lubick could look for a new coaching job elsewhere, something neither he nor his wife, Carol Jo, ruled out as a possibility.

“I would say it’s premature to say our dreams of coaching are over, but our 15 years here at CSU has been the best ride possible.”

Lubick admitted there were times — notably the day-long film-sessions on Sundays — when retirement had its appeal, but he feels he can still be successful on the sidelines.

“You never say never,” he said. “With me . I thought the players were listening to me and the coaches. When they stop listening, then it’s time to take a hike. But they were listening.”

Lubick said his immediate attention will turn to visiting his mother, who is in a nursing home, as well as other family members through the end of the year.

The former coach has also been making calls daily to try and secure jobs for his assistant coaches, who were dismissed as well.

In the meantime, Lubick is simply trying to adapt to the suddenly-new lifestyle, though he was glad to learn some things still hadn’t changed.

“I went to my coffee place at 7 a.m. and the coffee was still on the house,” he said. “I always fumble like I’m looking for change but they said, ‘Coach, this one’s on me.'”

Just another day in Lubick’s life in Fort Collins, a place he said has been a “perfect fit” for him and his family — one that would be difficult to leave behind.

“I walk downtown and people say, ‘Coach, coach, coach,'” an emotional Lubick said. “That’s good . that’s good.”

“Life is good.”

Sports writer Jeff Dillon can be reached at sports@collegian.com.

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Paul: likeable, but not right for America

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Nov 292007
 
Authors: Joseph Haynie

The more I learn about Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) the more I like him. However, the more I hear from him, the more I also realize that he is not the right man for the job.

Paul has good ideas. However, it seems as if he is running on one issue: American foreign policy. During the debates, it seems that Paul, unfortunately, is on stage to discuss the war in Iraq. His rather stubborn position, and not to mention his negative demeanor, more often than not overshadow the rest of his platform.

Paul is the self-proclaimed “champion of the Constitution,” a title he used to introduce himself at a presidential debate earlier this summer. He has made a career out of opposing any form of legislation that runs contradictory to the Constitution.

During his 20-year tenure in the US House of Representatives, Paul has been the taxpayer’s best friend.

In 2003, the National Taxpayers Union gave Paul’s record on taxes an 89 percent, indicating that he opposed almost all legislation promoting raised taxes.

More indicative of his taxpayer friendly stance than titles and voting record ratings is the fact that he wants to phase out the Internal Revenue Service. After all, who wants to be audited?

Aside from championing the cause of the Constitution and the taxpayer, Paul has consistently voted pro-life.

As an obstetrician, Paul made a career out of delivering babies. At the Values Voters debate in September, Paul said that he felt “legally responsible for the unborn.” Paul has fulfilled this “responsibility” throughout his time in Congress, voting against the use of federal funds for abortions and voting to ban partial-birth abortions.

Although he has a strong, respectable domestic platform, his foreign policy stances unfortunately put off a lot of conservative voters who are naturally attracted to candidates like Paul.

Paul, despite what many have said, is not an isolationist.

In Wednesday’s GOP debate, Paul expressed his desire to “trade with people, talk with people, travel” around the world.

Paul is a non-interventionist. He favors free trade, avoiding foreign entanglements and he does not see the use or the constitutionality of sending “troops overseas using force” to tell people how to live.

Many proponents of non-interventionism, like Paul, argue that it is not America’s moral obligation to police the world and eradicate aggression. This may be the case, but today’s soil of world politics does not permit one to easily hide their head.

America no longer has the luxury or security of being geographically isolated from the world. The oceans no longer provide the safety as they once did. If your memory needs refreshing, look no further than the gaping hole in the New York City skyline.

The truth of the matter is, the fight was brought to us, and will be continually brought to us if we do not do anything about it.

Paul has a lot of ideas that have the potential to do a lot of good for America. However, America is in a situation in which strong leadership and bold, not lukewarm, foreign policy are needed.

A vote for Ron Paul is not a wasted vote. However, a vote for Ron Paul is not a vote for America, at least not right now.

Joseph Haynie is a senior political science major. His column appears Fridays in the Collegian. Letters and feedback can be sent to letters@collegian.com.

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LTTE: What’s CSU all about?

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Nov 292007
 
Authors:

Now may be a good time to reexamine what CSU is all about.

With all the tears and time spent fretting about a football coach, let’s ask ourselves some basic questions.

First, does the program cover its costs?

Second, what is more important for a public university: academic excellence or a football track record?

Third, why no angst over under sponsored academic programs at CSU?

If the football team does not cover its costs we all should scream. Excellent journalists could shed some light on this.

Paul W. Muller

CSU Alumnus

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