Cowgirls Lose To Bears in Five

Sept. 3, 2005

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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The Cowgirl Volleyball team (2-2 overall) finished out the UniWyo Cowgirl Classic with a disappointing five-game loss (28-30, 30-24, 26-30, 30-25, 9-15) against the Northern Colorado Bears (1-3 overall) on Saturday night in Laramie.

Five Cowgirls finished the night with double-digit digs, while three hit double-figures in kills. Freshman Carissa Lee had a career high 34 digs, followed by Sam Eley with 17, Michelle Weydert and Tasha Weishahn with 16 and Rachel Smith with 14 digs. Smith also recorded a team high 19 kills followed by Kelsey Loop with a career high 14 kills and Andrea Seele with 13. Wyoming hit a disappointing .061 (60-46-229) for the match, but recorded a season high 106 digs and 12 team blocks.

"We took this team too lightly," said head coach Pat Stangle. "We didn't prepare as a team the way we have up to this point in the season. We got in to a dogfight early and once you have your mentality set it's hard to change it. Hopefully we can learn from this and deal with it better next time. It wasn't a pretty match tonight. They hit .065 for the game and we hit .061, so it was an ugly match."

The Cowgirls jumped out quickly to a 6-1 advantage in the early going. Northern Colorado pulled to within two, but Wyoming scored the next nine of 14 to open up a 16-10 lead. The Bears answered with a 6-1 run of their own to even it up at 17 all. Once again, UW regained a four-point lead, but UNC rallied to not only tie it up but take the lead 23-22. The two teams traded points back and forth, but with the score tied at 27 all, the Bears scored the next three of four to win the game, 30-28.

It was tight in the early going of game two as UNC took a 7-5 lead. The Cowgirls ran off six of the next seven to take their first lead of the game, 12-8. The Bears pulled to within one, but UW continued to maintain a three or four point advantage. With the game seemingly in hand for the Cowgirls at 27-20, Northern Colorado made one more run to pull within three. Wyoming kept their composure and went on to win the game 30-24.

Game three started off very similar to the second as the two teams exchanged points with neither gaining a real advantage. With the score tied at nine all, UNC went on a 7-2 run to open up a 16-11, which would extend to 23-14 as the Cowgirls struggled to score. With that same score, Wyoming would rally back with a 12-5 run to pull within two, 28-26. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough as Northern Colorado won the game 30-26 to take a 2-1 lead in the match.

It was the Cowgirls who jumped out to a 10-5 lead to start game four. Northern Colorado rallied back with an 8-3 run to even things up at 13, but the Cowgirls scored the next five straight to go back up 18-13. The Bears wouldn't give up as the scored the next ten of 16 to pull within one, 24-23. A determined Wyoming team held on and won the game 30-25 to force a game five.

It was all UNC in the fifth and deciding game as they scored the first five points, and extended their lead to 8-2. The Cowgirls waged a comeback with a 6-2 run to bring the score to within two, but it wouldn't be enough as Northern Colorado won the game 15-9 and the match, 3-2.

The Cowgirls will head out on the road next week when they will be at the Mean Green Classic, Sept. 9-10, in Denton, Texas. They will face Prairie View A&M, North Texas and Centenary College.