default avatar
Welcome to the site! Login or Sign up below.
Not you?||
Logout|My Dashboard

Wyoming’s fast start slows down in the end against Colorado State

Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 8:00 am

The University of Wyoming women’s volleyball team had more emotion and energy at the start of the match.

But 10th-ranked and undefeated Colorado State executed more than the Cowgirls down the stretch Tuesday night for a 3-1 Mountain West victory in front of a crowd of 964 at the UniWyo Sports Complex.

The best winning streak to start a season in program history stayed intact for the Rams (22-0 overall, 13-0 MW). They also have won 15 straight on the road.

The Cowgirls (14-13, 4-9) lost only their third match at home to go with eight wins.

“We started out playing very well,” Wyoming coach Chad Callihan said. “I was impressed with not only our focus, but our execution. In the last couple of matches, the effort has been there, we just didn’t execute well.

“It was nice to see us come out of the gate like that, unfortunately we couldn’t sustain it.”

The match pitted one of the best defenses in the MW against the best offense.

The Cowgirls lead the conference in digs (15.47 digs per set) and are second the league and 14th nationally in blocks (2.83 blocks per set).

The Rams lead the league and are sixth in the nation with a .296 attack percentage.

Wyoming dug in defensively in Set 1 to jump out to 19-14 lead. The Cowgirls withstood a late Rams’ rally and won 25-23 on a solo block by Erin Kirby.

“(Colorado State) runs a fast offense and it was pretty hard to get blocks,” Kirby, who leads the nation with 1.76 blocks per set and 171 total rejections, said. “We stayed on our hitters, but they were up and quick.”

Kirby led Wyoming at the net by adding five assisted blocks.

The next three sets were close at the start. Then the Rams found a rhythm to pull away, mostly due to unforced Cowgirls’ errors. The Rams won the next three sets 25, 13, 25-19, 25-19.

Said Callihan, “Errors in bunches is what happened to us this evening. We are going to make errors — it’s the name of the game — but we have to find a way to limit them and not make three or four in a row. That is what plagued us down the stretch.”

Bridget Shanahan led the Cowgirls with 13 kills. Reese Plante added 12 kills and Kirby and Kayla Slofkiss added seven kills each.

“We started practice (Monday) a bit shaky and everyone was nervous and committing errors,” Shanahan said. “Coach (Callihan) told us to bring it in and smile for him. He told us we known how to play volleyball for a long time — just enjoy it, come to the court and play.

“We did that in the first set.”

Wyoming setter Rachel Keyes had 37 assists and libero Becky Stewart led with 12 digs. Stewart leads the league and is 15th in the nation with 5.36 digs per set.

Four Colorado State players notched double-figure kills, led by Michelle Lawrence with 19 kills. The others were Samantha Peters and Kelsey Snider with 13 each and Adrianna Culbert, who is this week’s MW player of the week, with 10 kills.

Rams’ setter Deedra Foss had 50 assists and libero Jaime Colaizzi had a match-high 16 digs.

Wyoming will next host Nevada at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Said Callihan, “(Nevada) is a streaky team, and if we can come in prepared and execute a little better, I feel good about things.”



Cassidy Denny 0 0 7 0

Adrianna Culbert 10 1 9 1

Samantha Peters 13 0 1 8

Kelsey Snider 13 0 2 2

Michelle Lawrence 19 0 5 3

Deedra Foss 2 50 11 4

Jaime Colaizzi 0 2 16 0

Kaitlind Bestgen 0 0 1 0

Marlee Reynolds 6 0 1 2

Michelle Smith 0 1 5 0

Totals 63 54 58 20


Erin Kirby 7 0 0 6

Kayla Slofkiss 7 0 1 0

Bridget Shanahan 13 0 0 4

Courtney Chacon 0 2 9 0

Laura Beach 2 0 1 3

Rachel Keyes 4 37 7 0

Becky Stewart 0 0 12 0

Reese Plante 12 1 3 2

Nicole Walker 0 1 10 0

Calli Fry 1 0 0 1

Kaitlyn Johnson 0 0 5 0

Totals 46 41 48 16

Colorado State 23 25 25 25 — 3

Wyoming 25 13 19 19 — 1

Length of match — 1:45. Referees — Tom Given, Gary Houghton. Attendance — 964.

  • Discuss

Rules of Conduct

  • 1 Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
  • 2 Don't Threaten or Abuse. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated. AND PLEASE TURN OFF CAPS LOCK.
  • 3 Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
  • 4 Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
  • 5 Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
  • 6 Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.

Welcome to the discussion.

Online poll