Volleyball Falls In Season Opener

Aug.31, 2001

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

WYOMING at Golden Gate Classic (San Francisco, Calif.)
Cincinnati def. Wyoming 3-1 - Box Score

In their first match of theseason at the Golden Gate Classic in San Francisco, the Wyoming CowgirlVolleyball Team (0-1 overall) fell to the Cincinnati Bearcats (1-0overall) in four games (23-30, 18-30, 30-26, 24-30).

The match was also the first for UW with a new scoring format in place this season. The new format consisting of rally scoringon every serve, games one through four go up to 30 points and the finalgame going to 15 points. Each team must win by two points.

The Bearcats were led by junior middle blocker Bonita Wise, whofinished the night with 12 kills, 11 digs and hit .360. The Bearcatsdidn't overpower the Cowgirls, but did out block them eleven to sevenand hit .189 to finish the match.

Starting four freshman in their first match ever at Wyoming, theCowgirls held their own throughout the match. They finished the nightwith 63 digs, 45 assists and seven service aces. Sophomore MelissaRobinett led the team with 13 kills and 13 digs, along with two blocksolos. Senior Rachel Lau finished the night with 11 kills and threeblock assists. The Cowgirls looked best in game three, where theyfinished with 18 kills and hit.239, and eventually took the game 30-26.

"Of course, I'm never pleased with a loss and game two was not a goodeffort mentally for us, but I feel like it was a good first time out, "said head coach Susan Steadman. "We're adjusting to having three to fourfreshman on the court at one time, a new scoring system and I thinkthose things took their toll during the match. The thing that isencouraging to me was the points we lost weren't because we wereoverpowered, unfortunately they were our own silly errors and in rallyscoring that can come back to haunt you."

"We did show some spark and played aggressively, with the exception ofthe second game, and I'm really excited about tomorrow night's match. Ithink the girls feel good about a lot of things, but we certainly havesome fine tuning to do with our offense. I also didn't expect ourblocking to be that great tonight, but quite honestly it was a nicesurprise."

They will close out the tournament tomorrow night in the consolationgame against either Furman or San Francisco, at 6:00 p.m. Mountain Time.