Five-Game Win For Wyoming Over New Orleans to Cap UniWyo Cowgirl Classic

Sept. 2, 2006

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball team (5-1 overall) wrapped up the 2006 UniWyo Cowgirl Classic with an exciting five game victory (30-25, 25-30, 30-27, 18-30, 15-6) over the University of New Orleans (4-2 overall) on Saturday night in Laramie.

Wyoming had four players in double-figures including freshman Annie Meyers. She recorded 16 kills and 16 digs. She was followed by Rachel Smith and Angie Hellbaum with 14 and Lauren Scott with 12. Micah Lines led the way with 26 digs. As a team, they hit .207 (64-24-193) for the match and seven total team blocks.

UNO was led by three players with 15 kills, while libero Jayne Duncan had 22 digs. As a team they hit .198 (66-30-182) for the match and had nine total team blocks.

"I felt that when we saw New Orleans play for the first time, they were a big and physical team," said head coach Pat Stangle. "They proved that tonight and gave us everything that we could handle. I was proud of our team because after game four there wasn't much life. We came out in game five and executed all the little plays that we needed to make."

All Tournament Team

MVP - Rachel Smith Wyoming
Annie Meyers Wyoming
Lauren Scott Wyoming
Jessica Helgeson New Orleans
Dobrilla Kovacevic New Orleans
Sarah Harris Birmingham Southern
Johannah Yutzy Southern Illinois

After the Cowgirls took an early 2-1 lead in game one, UNO ran off seven straight points to go up 8-2. Wyoming responded with a 9-2 run of their own to pull within one, 12-11. The Privateers scored two quick points but UW continued to stay close and eventually tied it up at 21 all. They would take their first lead, 22-21, on an Annie Meyers kill and would close out the game, 30-25, on a 7-2 run.

New Orleans jumped ahead 4-1 in game two, but the Cowgirls battled back with five straight to take their first lead of the game. After UNO tied it up at five, the two teams traded points back and forth. All tied at nine, the Privateers went on an 8-2 run to open up a six point advantage, 17-11. Wyoming battled back with eight straight to regain a 19-17 lead. Unfortunately, New Orleans stormed back by scoring the next seven of ten to take a four point lead, 24-20 and eventually the game 30-25.

In game three, the teams played pretty evenly until New Orleans went up 7-4. Wyoming responded by scoring the next seven of eleven to take a 13-11 lead. UNO tied it up at 13 but UW came back with a 9-3 scoring run to go up by six, 22-16. Another comeback by the Privateers pulled them to within one, 23-22, but the Cowgirls scored five unanswered to pull away 27-22. Despite a comeback by UNO, Wyoming held on to a 30-27 win in the game.

Wyoming started off strong in game four taking an early 6-2 lead. New Orleans battled back with an 8-4 run to tie it up at ten. They would then go on to score the next 9 of 12 to open up a 19-13 lead. It wouldn't get any better for the Cowgirls as they could only manage to score five more points in the game to fall 30-18 which would force a fifth game.

It was all Cowgirls in the fifth and deciding game as they opened up a significant lead 8-3 at the change over. New Orleans struggled as they only scored three points the remainder of the way as Wyoming would take the game 15-6 and the match 3-2.