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,
“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
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
“Wyoming is definitely a rivalry,” said Tess Rogers CSU junior
outside hitter. “They’re a very good team, but they’re also very
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,”
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,”
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,