Cowgirl Volleyball Comes From Behind to Beat Marquette in Five

Aug. 31, 2002

vs Marquette W 3-2


In their second match of theChippewa Classic, the Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Team (2-0 overall) wona thrilling five game match over the Marquette Golden Eagles (1-1overall), by the scores of 26-30, 31-29, 33-35, 31-29, 15-11.

The Cowgirls opened up the match on a tear scoring the first ten of 13points to take a 10-3 advantage. The Golden Eagles would make a comebackof their own by scoring the next six out of nine points to close themargin to three points. It would remain close throughout with theCowgirls holding onto a two or three point lead, until Marquette made arun and took the lead 23-22. They would end up scoring the final sevenof 11 points to take the game 30-26.

In game two, the Cowgirls started out strong once again taking theearly lead, 15-8, but a four point run by Marquette would close thatmargin to three points. Wyoming responded with three straight points,but the Golden Eagles continued to keep it close. With the Cowgirls up23-22, they would score the next five points and seemed to take controlof the game, but Marquette would battle back and the score at 28. Afterfour hard fought points, the Cowgirls would come out on top 31-29.

Scoring and the action was fast and furious in game three. The Cowgirlswould be the first team to take an early advantage, but Marquette wouldcontinue to battle by tying the contest at 15 all. It remained tightuntil the final point as the Golden Eagles would take the game 35-33 anda 2-1 lead in the match.

In the fourth game, Marquette gained the advantage from the beginning,and at one point held a lead as large as five points. But the Cowgirlsfought back from that deficit to tie the game at 14-14 and took theirfirst lead at 16-15. With a 23-22 advantage, they would score the finaleight points to take the game 30-22 and force a fifth and deciding game.

Game five saw the Cowgirls taking the early 7-3 lead, but the GoldenEagles battled right back to tie it up at seven and take the lead 9-7.There was no give up in this Wyoming team, they ended up tieing thescore at nine and won the final eight of the ten points scored to takethe game 15-11 and the match 3-2.

"I felt like this was a good match for us, because it pushed us as ateam," said head coach Jim Barnes. "We were in a dilemma and keptresponding by being aggressive and sticking together. It was an excitingand competitive match for being only the second match of the season. Itwas good to see our girls in the fifth and final game come out strong,aggressive and I think we'll be able to be build on winning a match likethis. We stuck together, worked as a group and defensively stepped itup a notch, which won this match for us."

For the second match in a row, the Cowgirls hit over .300, finishingwith a .339 (62-21-180) hitting percentage, along with 68 assists, 65digs and ten total blocks. Junior Michele Rauter led the team in killsand digs for the match finishing with 25 kills, 20 digs and a .367hitting percentage. Sophomore Sara Maytorena stepped it up as she had acareer high 23 kills, plus seven digs and a .432 hitting percentage.

The Cowgirls will closeout today's action with a match against theCleveland State Vikings at 2:00 p.m., Mountain Time.