SPOKANE, Wash. -
The University of Wyoming Cowgirl volleyball team dropped its first match of the season Friday night, falling to Gonzaga in Spokane, Wash., in three sets (17-25, 16-25, 22-25). The Cowgirls moved to 3-1 overall on the season.
Junior outside hitter Kayla Slofkiss led the Cowgirls with ten kills at a .476 attacking rate (10-0-21). She also had five digs against the Zags. Senior Kayla Henderson tallied seven kills for UW, as senior Bridget Shanahan, junior Laura Beach and freshman Mattison DeGarmo each had three kills for the Wyoming. Freshman Reed Copeland finished the night with a match-high four blocks.
Gonzaga was in a groove throughout the first two sets. The Zags put up a 5-1 start to open the first set and then did not give up its lead on the way to a 25-17 win and a 1-0 lead in the match. Slofkiss led the Cowgirls during the first set with three kills, while Chacon added five assists.
During the second set, the Zags marched out with a 4-1 lead before UW fought back to within one point to make the score 4-5. Gonzaga took control again and cruised to an 18-8 lead. UW managed to score three straight points to cut the deficit to seven, 19-12 before the Zags finished the second set, 25-16.
The Cowgirls came out of intermission on a mission. Wyoming took a 12-9 lead and went head-to-head with the Zags for most of third match before two straight kills by Gonzaga give them its first two-point lead, 16-14. A kill from DeGarmo kept Gonzaga's lead at two, 18-16 just before a service ace from sophomore Lily Austin cut the lead to one, 18-17. UW then took the lead, 20-19 off a kill by Slofkiss and a 22-20 lead from a kill by Henderson. Gonzaga continuously battled back to tie the score at 22 before eventually taking the match with a 25-22 tally.
Wyoming returns to the Martin Centre for the second and final day of the Gonzaga Invitational tomorrow. UW will compete against Utah at 1 p.m., and Montana at 6 p.m.