Rams plow Cowgirls

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Oct 102004
 
Authors: Stephanie Lindberg

Luau night in Moby Arena brought a festive win for the CSU

women’s volleyball team against Wyoming on Friday.

A crowd of 2,592 gathered to watch the Border War rivals square

off. Though a loud following of Wyoming faithful appeared to cheer

on their team, the No. 7 Rams (13-1, 5-0 Mountain West Conference)

reigned in the Cowgirls (8-8, 2-3) in three quick games 30-23,

30-26, 30-14.

“I wasn’t real pleased with the way we started the match,” said

Tom Hilbert CSU head coach. “In game three, we came out much better

and were very aggressive in both serving and blocking.”

The Cowgirls appeared evenly matched at points in the contest

but showed their youth in an inability to closeout games.

“That’s awfully good for such a young team,” Hilbert said.

“They’re going to be one of those classes that Mountain West

coaches will be saying ‘when are they going to graduate?'”

Wyoming, which usually starts five freshmen, hit -.032 for the

match but hit .306 in game two. Senior outside hitter Sara

Maytorena led the Wyoming offense with 10 kills and senior setter

Amy Doman had 27 assists.

Freshman outside hitter Rachel Smith had eight kills and eight

digs.

After hitting just 10 kills in game one, the Cowgirls rattled

off 17 in game two, but had just six in the final game of the

match.

“Wyoming is definitely a rivalry,” said Tess Rogers CSU junior

outside hitter. “They’re a very good team, but they’re also very

young.”

The Rams dominated the hitting game by hitting .473 for the

match and also had four blocks. Serving was also a determining

factor, with senior middle blocker Bri Frech notching six service

aces, a season high and one short of her career high.

“(French) disrupted their defense,” said junior right side

hitter Dre Downs.

As a team, the Rams recorded 10 service aces on the night,

compared to Wyoming’s four.

“We served better, tougher, more consistent in game three,”

Hilbert said.

The Rams offense was rolling after game one and four when the

Rams had nine or more kills. Senior outside hitter Becky Sarauer

led all players with a .600 hitting percentage and had nine kills

as did Frech. Rogers and Downs both had 10 kills and senior setter

Melissa Courtney had 41 assists.

The Rams had to deal with limited play by senior middle blocker

Katie Jo Shirley-Cahoon who was bothered by a sore shoulder.

“She hasn’t had any hit velocity so she needs some rest,”

Hilbert said.

Next week the Rams will face foes from the MWC with No. 20 Utah

(13-2, 5-0) and BYU (10-6, 4-1) coming in for Friday and Saturday

matches respectively. Both matches are set for 7 p.m. starts. Both

CSU and Utah will look to protect perfect conference records and

both teams will be fired up.

“Utah is huge,” said Downs, who hails from Clinton, Utah. “We’ve

heard rumors that they’ve been preparing all year to play us. We

want to make sure they know they’re not the top of the conference,

we are.”

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