Cowgirls Fall Short In First Match of the Season

Aug. 29, 2003

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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Second year head coach Jim Barnes and the Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Team (0-1 overall) opened up the 2003 season on Friday afternoon with a well fought 3-1 loss against the Houston Cougars (1-0 overall), at the Baylor Classic in Waco, Texas, by the scores of 30-19, 28-30, 21-30, 21-30.

Both teams opened up the match a little tight, but after a few tosses of the ball each seem to get into a rhythm. In game one neither team really jumped out to take the lead until a 6-1 run from the Cowgirls gave them an early 10-5 advantage. They continued to build on that with another run to open up a nine point margin, 17-8. A small spurt from the Cougars cut into that Cowgirl lead as they pulled to within four, but a composed Wyoming team scored the next ten of 13 points to win the first game of the match 30-19.

Game two seemed to start off very similar to the first with each team trading points in the early going until Houston took a 6-4 lead, but a four point rally returned the lead back to the Cowgirls. With the score all tied up at ten, Wyoming scored five of the next six points to regain a 15-11 lead but Houston continued to battle to close within two points. The Cowgirls maintained a two to three point advantage throughout until a very determined Cougar team not only tied it up but took their first lead of the game 22-21. Wyoming continued to fight knotting up the game 26 all, but Houston unwilling to give up the lead went back up by two points and eventually on to win the game 30-28.

The Cowgirls opened up game three scoring the first two points, but Houston would run off the next ten of 13 to take a 10-5 lead. Both teams then traded points as the Cougars maintained an advantage. After allowing the Cowgirls to close within two points UH went on an 8-3 run to widen the gap to seven points. Despite continuing to battle, the margin was too much to overcome as the Cougars took the game 30-21 and a 2-1 lead in the match.

Wyoming took a 3-1 advantage to start the fourth game, but after Houston tied it up at 3-3 the battle was on. Neither team really took a lead larger than two points until the Cougars ran off five of seven points to open up a 14-9 margin. Down 17-10, the Cowgirls made a 5-1 run to pull within three but Houston answered with four straight to regain a seven point advantage, 22-15. Unfortunately this time, the Cowgirls couldn't make another comeback as the Cougars took the game 30-21 and the match 3-1.

The Cougars were led by Kelly McAnelly, who finished the match with 22 kills and nine digs. As a team, they hit .186 (58-31-145) and recorded eight total blocks.

Two Cowgirls reached the double-figure mark including senior Michele Rauter. She recorded a team leading 17 kills, 13 digs and a .389 hitting percentage. Junior Sara Maytorena finished with 12 kills and three block assists, while libero Amanda Miller tallied 12 digs. Wyoming hit .174 (48-23-144) while recording 11.5 total blocks.

Wyoming will play one more match today against the Old Miss Lady Rebels at 4:00 p.m. Mountain Time. They will finish up the tournament tomorrow against the Baylor Bears at 1:30 p.m. Mountain Time.