Sep 162004
 
Authors: Laura Epple

The University Park Classic Volleyball Tournament opened tonight

at Moby Arena as the Rams butted heads with the Ohio Bobcats,

handing them their second loss of the season.

Ohio, the projected favorites of the East Division of the

Mid-American Conference, fell to Rams in four games. This advances

CSU to a 6-1 record overall as Ohio falls to 6-2.

“I think Ohio State is a pretty good team and I think this was a

pretty good win. I was especially pleased with game one,” said head

coach Tom Hilbert after the match.

The first game came down to a whisker as the Rams narrowly

defeated Ohio 34-32.

“Once you do it once, you know you can do it again,” said junior

right side hitter Dre Downs after the Rams pulled out a win in this

clutch first game. “It really defines the character of the team if

you can win in a situation like that.”

The net play was a catfight as senior center Katie Jo

Shirley-Cahoon posted four of her season-high nine blocks in the

first match alone.

“We’ve been working on blocking for awhile,” Shirley-Cahoon

said. “It was a good game to start out with.”

This emphasis on blocking really took its toll in the first game

as the Rams tamed the Bobcat’s attack with nine team blocks.

CSU came into the second game charging, letting their momentum

carry them to a 28-14 lead. The Bobcats could not find the floor

for six successive points and eventually ended up on the wrong side

of a 30-19 match.

However, the Bobcats landed on their feet after CSU allowed Ohio

to claw their way back to the court in the third game as the

Bobcats scratched out a 30-21 win. The Rams wracked up 11 hitting

errors and five service errors. They also posted a paltry .150

attack percentage compared to the Bobcat’s .323.

“The best thing to do is just walk from one court to the next

and say that we are going to be better,” said Hilbert in response

to this third game.

The Rams regained their composure in the fourth game to win

30-22.

Senior setter Melissa Courtney posted 57 assists in the effort,

14 more than Ohio’s East Division Player of the Week and Furman

Tournament MVP, Briana Adamovsky.

Adamovsky, a senior setter, is currently in hot pursuit of the

Bobcat all-time assist record.

Junior outside hitter Tess Rogers reignited the Rams with kills

by posting 16 while Shirley-Cahoon added 14 and junior outside

hitter Casey Bauer knocked down a dozen.

Senior outside hitter Becky Sarauer also played well coming in

off the bench, tallying a .667 attack percentage.

“Putting Becky in towards the end of the game gave us some

velocity that we needed. We needed someone to come in and hit

hard,” Hilbert said.

Ram volleyball action will continue as CSU squares off against

No. 22 Pepperdine tomorrow night in the second round of the UPC

Tournament.

“I’m excited because my mom and dad get to watch. Moby (arena)

is such a great place to play and it’s just nice to show it off to

people who enjoy watching good volleyball,” said Courtney, who is

looking forward to the televised game.

The match will start at 7:35 p.m. and will be televised on Fox

Sports Rocky Mountain.

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