Cowgirls Come Up Short in Bid for Sweep of CSU Season Series
From the desk of Harry Endicott
FORT COLLINS – The Cowgirls volleyball team became the first team since Oct. 24, 2017 to take a set from CSU at Moby Arena on Tuesday night, but couldn’t finish off a victory that would have given Wyoming a sweep of the two matches the two teams play.
Wyoming suffered a 1-3 loss, unable to match their victory against CSU at Laramie earlier this season.
The Cowgrils (16-9, 8-5 MW) lost the first two sets to the Rams, but dominated the third match, only to see the Rams rally late in the fourth set to claim the win.
The Wyoming offense was led by Halie McArdle, who racked up 14 kills on the night to set a new season high while also compiling seven digs. Setter Cori Aafedt added 20 assists, while freshman KC McMahon recorded a career high four service aces. In fact, as a team Wyoming combined to drop in 10 service aces—shattering the previous single-match high of six.
Defensively, Jackie McBride led the Cowgirls with seven of the team’s nine blocks along with seven kills and a pair of aces. Libero Madi Fields added 17 digs to surpass 400 on the season and move into eighth on the program single-season digs list.
The Cowgirls opened with an 8-5 lead in the first, but an 11-0 run for the Rams seized control of the set. Even with a 6-0 Wyoming run late to pull within three at 23-20, Colorado State was able to quell any hopes of a comeback as the Rams scored a couple unanswered points to take the first, 25-20.
After Wyoming was unable to overcome a 6-1 deficit early on in the second set on the way to a 25-19 Colorado State win, the Cowgirls answered back in the third. The Brown and Gold never trailed and dominated the Rams for a 25-16 set victory to take back some momentum in the match. Wyoming had no attacking errors in the third, recording a match-high .545 hitting percentage in the frame.
Colorado State got off to a hot start to open the fourth, as the Rams took a 13-5 advantage early on. The Cowgirls wouldn’t go away quietly, as they ran off a 7-0 run to cut the deficit to one at 13-12. A couple of points later, trailing 16-14, the Pokes went on a 5-0 run to take a 19-16 lead. From that point, however, the Rams outscored Wyoming, 9-3, to take the set, 25-22, and close out the match.
The Cowgirls will be back in action on Saturday at 1 p.m. when they travel to Colorado Springs, Colo., for a battle with Air Force.