Wyoming Volleyball Splits on First Day of Tournament

Aug. 25, 2006

SAN MARCOS, Texas -

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The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Team opened up the 2006 season and the CenturyTel/Premier Classic with a 3-0 (30-18, 30-26, 30-26) win over North Texas, but fell short against the Texas State Bobcats later in the day with a 3-0 (34-32, 30-22, 30-21) loss. They move to 1-1 overall on the young season.

The Cowgirls jumped out quickly in game one by taking an early 6-2 lead. North Texas rallied back by scoring the next five of seven to pull within one, 8-7. Wyoming answered right back with three straight kills to open up a four point margin and continued to pull away with a 9-3 scoring run to go up by ten, 20-10. The Mean Green could never get back in to it as UW took game one, 30-18.

Game two was also dominated early by the Cowgirls as they opened up a 10-5 advantage. North Texas made a run as they scored the next 9 of 15 to make it a two point game, 16-14. Wyoming quickly responded with a 7-1 run to regain an eight point lead, 23-15. Despite another big scoring run by UNT, the Cowgirls would hold on to the 30-26 win to take a 2-0 lead in the match.

North Texas took advantage of the break and came out fired up in the third game and opened up a 9-5 early lead. The Cowgirls came back with a 5-1 scoring run to even things up at ten all. It was short lived as UNT scored three straight to regain the lead. They continued to maintain an advantage until Wyoming tied it up at 18-18. The two teams battled as neither one seemed to be able to pull away. With the score at 23 all, the Cowgirls took their first lead of the game and ran off the next seven of ten to win the game 30-26 and the match 3-0.

Three Cowgirls finished the match with double-digits kills, including junior Rachel Smith. She recorded a match high 15 kills, along with five digs and a .353 (15-3-34) hitting percentage. Lauren Scott followed with 12 digs, three blocks and a team leading .857 (12-0-14) hitting percentage, while freshman Annie Meyers had a breakout match with 11 kills, ten digs and three service aces. Carissa Lee led the way in digs with 14 followed by Michelle Weydert with 12 and Meyers with ten. As a team, Wyoming hit .333 (54-13-123) for the match, recorded 62 digs and had five total team blocks.

North Texas was led Tara Hooser who finished with nine kills and five digs. She was followed by Catherine Coffey with seven kills, Katy Prokof with six kills and two players with five. Jessica Hulsebosch finished with a match high 19 digs. They hit .120 (32-18-117) for the match.

"This was a nice way to start off the season," said head coach Pat Stangle. "We played very well in the first game, had some struggles in game two and three, but stabilized to come away with the win. I thought several players did a nice job today. Rachel Smith and Lauren Scott had a nice match, as did Angie Hellbaum."

Against Texas State, the Cowgirls stormed out in game one as they took a decisive 12-3 lead. They continued to lead for a majority of the game with their advantage growing to ten points, 19-9. Unfortunately, a veteran Bobcat team battled back into it as they went on a 7-1 run to pull within two, 20-18. Wyoming fought to hang on to the lead but Texas State eventually took their first lead of the game 25-24. Wyoming quickly tied it up and the two teams went point for point. The two teams would score a combined 66 points with the Bobcats coming out on top 34-32.

In games two and three, Texas State would clearly dominate as the Cowgirls never really got in to a good rhythm. They would win the second game 30-22 and the third 30-21 in order to win the match in three straight games.

Wyoming was once again led by junior Rachel Smith, who finished her night with 16 kills, seven digs and hit .192 (16-6-52). She was followed by freshman Annie Meyers with a career high 13 kills and 15 digs. As a team, the Cowgirls hit just .150 (44-23-140) and had only one total team block.

Texas State was led by Lawrencia Brown who had a match high 24 kills and 11 digs. They hit .281 (55-16-139) as a team, had 57 assists and 8.5 total team blocks.

"We had a good lead in the first game, but let it slip away which I think set the tone for the rest of the match," said head coach Pat Stangle. "Texas State is a very good team that went to the NCAA Tournament a year ago and they played well on their home court. We didn't play well and we played a team with more composure than we did. We'll have to move on from this and get ready for tomorrow."

The Cowgirls will close out the tournament tomorrow by taking on Texas Pan American at 3:30 p.m. Mountain Time. They will open up their home season on Friday, Sept. 1 against Southern Illinois, as they will host the UniWyo Cowgirl Classic.