Revenge against the University of Wyoming for last week’s
football loss could come tonight.
The No. 15 ranked CSU women’s volleyball team (20-4, 11-0
Mountain West Conference) hosts the Wyoming Cowgirls (14-12, 3-8)
in Moby Arena at 7 p.m.
On Oct. 10 in Laramie, Wyo., the Rams handed the Cowgirls a loss
in three games by scores of 30-25, 30-18 and 30-20. The Rams have
won the past 11 matches between the two teams.
“That was one of our best matches of the season,” said head
coach Tom Hilbert.
Lately, Wyoming has struggled, losing its last four matches in
conference play. Meanwhile, the Rams have been on a roll since
September, winning 13 straight matches, the longest streak since
2001 when the team won 20 straight.
However, the Border War mentality and the sour taste of four
straight losses could serve as a platform for the Cowgirls to break
“The other team (that lost) has the advantage and they’re going
to get better,” Hilbert said. “When it comes to ranking you can
throw that out the window.”
Senior outside hitter Michelle Rauter leads Wyoming with 4.03
kills and .35 service aces per game. Junior middle blocker Jill
Roslund has a team best .300 hitting percentage.
As a team the Cowgirls are hitting .277 and averaging 13.64 digs
and 15.18 kills per game.
The Rams have some players close to career milestones. Junior
libero Lindsey Kerr needs five more digs to reach 900 and junior
middle blocker Katie Jo Shirley needs 18 for 500. Sophomore outside
hitter Tess Rogers needs 10 more blocks for the 100th of her
Shirley leads the Rams in hitting percentage at .402 and junior
outside hitter Becky Sarauer averages 3.98 kills per game.
After being on the road, players would like to see a big home
crowd. Family Weekend may produce just that.
“We love the support, and it helps to have big crowds,” Kerr
Hilbert hopes to see a crowd similar to last year’s Family
“It was a pretty good crowd last year,” Hilbert said. “It’s
always a tough match.”