Sept. 3, 2004
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Cowgirl volleyball team improved their record to 2-0 overall with a three game sweep (30-27, 30-27, 30-12) of the UTSA Roadrunners on Friday night in Laramie.
Wyoming jumped out quickly in the first game with a 5-2 lead, but UTSA stormed back with a 10-3 run to take their first lead of the match, 12-8. The Roadrunners maintained a four to five point margin and seemed to be in control at 20-14. The Cowgirls had other ideas and scored the next 10 of 13 points to regain a 24-23 advantage. The two teams battled until UW finally came out with 30-27 win.
Neither team really took control of game two as they traded points back and forth. With things all even at 14, the Cowgirls would break out with a 13-7 scoring run to open up their largest lead of the game 27-21. UTSA answered back scoring the next six of seven to pull within one, but the Cowgirls would hang on 30-27 to take a 2-0 lead in the match.
Game three started out very similar to the previous one until a 12-1 run from Wyoming opened up a 17-6 advantage. Things didn't fair much better for the Roadrunners as they could only manage to score six more points in the third. It was all Cowgirls in this match as they closed it out with a 30-12 score and 3-0 for the match.
"With our youth and inexperience we're going to see some five game matches and three game matches," said head coach Pat Stangle. "Tonight, I thought we out played this team from start to finish, but it was our young mistakes that made it close. It wasn't until game three that we finally put a complete game together. The kids have responded and they've put together eight good games in a row. We need that seasoning, and this was a good win for us tonight.
Three Cowgirls finished the night in double figures, including true freshman Rachel Smith. She led the way with 14 kills, three digs and a .387 (14-2-31) hitting percentage. She was followed by Lauren Scott with 11 kills, and Shelby Heggie with ten. The Cowgirls hit .376 (52-14-101) on the night, and outblocked UTSA 11-3.
The Cowgirls will close out the tournament tomorrow night by hosting the Minnesota Golden Gophers beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the MultiPurpose Gym.
"Minnesota is one of the best teams in the country," he added. "They went to the final four last year, and could very easily get back there this season. We know have the opportunity to play one of the top teams, and measure how far we've come and what we need to continue to work on."