Wyoming Wins Chippewa Classic

Aug. 31, 2002

vs Cleveland State W 3-0

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

In their final match of theweekend, the Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Team (3-0 overall) wrapped upthe Chippewa Classic Tournament Championship with a three game victoryover the Cleveland State Vikings (1-2 overall), by the scores of 30-27,30-28, 30-26.

Cleveland State was the team to jump out with the early lead to beginthe match, 7-4. A 5-2 run by the Cowgirls would tie the game at nine,but the Vikings would quickly regain the lead. They would maintain thatadvantage until the Cowgirls tied the game at 22 all and overtook thelead 24-22. It would be point for point the remainder of the way withWyoming eventually taking the game 30-27.

The Vikings would take the early lead in game two, but it was shortlived as Wyoming scored five unanswered to take a 6-5 advantage. Eachteam would then trade point back and forth neither gaining a realadvantage. With the score all tied up at 16, the Cowgirls would make asmall run to go up 20-16, but Cleveland State answered right back to tieit up at 20 all. It was a dogfight over the last ten points as neitherteam was ready to give up, but in the end it would be the Cowgirls whowould take the game 30-28 and a 2-0 lead in the match.

Game three started out similar to the other previous two with each teamtrading points. Cleveland State would be the first team to make asignificant run to go up 15-20, but a headstrong Wyoming team wouldscore the next eight of 11 points to tie it up at 23. They wouldoutscore the Vikings 7-3 to win the game30-26 and the match 3-0.

"It was our goal to come out of this tournament with three victories,"said head coach Jim Barnes. "It was nice to see our team compete at aconsistent level. We talked about that if we focused and wanted it morethan the other team we could win. This was a great start, we can buildfrom this and it will continue to be our focus now is continue to playat a higher level. It was a great tournament for everyone, especiallyMichele Rauter who played well all the way around and Sara Maytorenaalso had some great matches, but overall everyone picked it up for us towin."

Leading the way for the Cowgirls once again was junior Michele Rauter,who led the Cowgirls for the third straight match. She finished with 15kills, 14 digs and hit .303. Sophomore setter Amy Doman tallied 45assists and seven digs, while rightside hitter Sara Maytorena recorded11 kills and seven digs. As a team, the Cowgirls hit .229 (49-22-118) onthe night, along with 63 digs and seven total blocks.

The Cowgirls' will host their only home game in September against theDenver Pioneers, on Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m., in the MPG. They willalso be on the road this week in Ft. Collins, Colo. They will face LongBeach State, on Friday night at 7:00 p.m., and then open conference playagainst the Colorado State Rams, on Saturday night, at 5:00 p.m.