Cowgirl Volleyball Begins Home Season with Victory

Sept. 1, 2005


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The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball team (2-1 overall) opened up the 2005 UniWyo Cowgirl Classic with an impressive three-game win (30-23, 30-22, 34-32) over the Boise State Broncos (0-1 overall) on Thursday night in Laramie.

"With the team that we have this year, we'll play really well at times and not so well at other," said head coach Pat Stangle. "Last Friday when we opened we were in a tough battle and lost, so tonight it was nice to see us maintain our composure. I think it will be a matter of learning to play well on a consistent basis and when you have a young team you can sometimes get those peaks and valleys."

Wyoming was led by sophomore Rachel Smith, who recorded 15 kills and six digs. She was followed by Lauren Scott who finished with ten kills and a .467 (10-3-15) hitting percentage. Three Cowgirls finished the night with double-digits in digs, including Tasha Weishahn. She had 12 digs to go along with her 35 assists, while freshmen Carissa Lee and Samantha Eley had 14 and ten digs respectively. The Cowgirls won the match despite only hitting .160 (44-25-119) for the match and recorded four total team blocks.

Boise State was led by Telia Peterson who finished her night with 11 kills and nine digs. The Broncos hit a disappointing .023 (34-31-132) for the match but recorded 12 total team blocks.

The Cowgirls came out fired up as they jumped to an early 10-1 advantage. They continued to maintain an eight or nine point lead throughout as Boise State struggled to get things going. With the score 28-16 in favor of Wyoming, the Broncos tried to make it interesting by running off five straight points, but the Cowgirls would hold on and close the game out 30-23.

Wyoming scored the first point of the second game, but Boise State scored the next four of five points to take a very early lead. After the Cowgirls evened things up at four all, the Broncos went on a 7-3 run to take an 11-7 advantage. UW continued to battle back once pulling to within one, 11-10, and eventually tied the score up at 16 all. The two teams traded points back and forth until a 6-2 run put the Cowgirls up seemingly for good at 26-20. Boise State only managed to score two more points as Wyoming won the game 30-22 to take a 2-0 lead in the match.

Boise State pulled once again pulled ahead in the early going of the third game, 11-8, and eventually 18-10. The Cowgirls really seemed to struggle putting a string of points together they finally seemed to gain some momentum when the score was 23-16 in favor of BSU. They would score the next ten of 13 points to even up the game at 26 all. The Broncos quickly regained the lead 28-26, but the Cowgirls rallied once again to not only tie the score but earn match point 29-28. It was short lived as Boise State held off three more match points before Wyoming finally took the game 34-32 and the match 3-0.

The Cowgirls will wait until Saturday as they will face the Northern Colorado Bears beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the UniWyo Sports Complex.