Wyoming Volleyball Wins First Match Of The Season

Sept. 2, 2000

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

WYOMING at Texas-San Antonio Tournament

WYOMING vs. Oregon - Oregon 3-1 - Box Score

WYOMING at Texas-San Antonio - UTSA 3-0 - Box Score

WYOMING vs. Sam Houston State - Wyoming 3-0 - Box Score

WYOMING vs. Mississippi - Mississippi 3-1 - Box Score

The University of Wyoming CowgirlVolleyball Team fell short this last weekend in their opening matches of the UTSAVolleyball Classic in San Antonio, Texas, but then rebounded to split their final two games

In the first match of the weekend, Wyoming faced a very tough Oregon Duckteam. Despite the effort by the Cowgirls, they suffered their first loss3-1 (1-15, 15-6, 7-15, 12-15).

They were led by senior Jamie Burke, who finished the match with 16kills, nine digs and a .265 hitting percentage. Freshman Michele Rauteralso had career day in her first collegiate start with 15 kills, ninedigs and a .226 hitting percentage.

Game two featured the Cowgirls against the host school UT-San Antonio.The match was a one of runs of momentum. With 22 kills and 19 digs byMichele Rauter and Jamie Burke, it didn't prove to be enough for avictory. UTSA took the match 3-0 (12-15, 9-15, 9-15).

"I think today was a valuable experience for us," said head coach SusanJudge. "We played quite well this morning, but did not have the sameresult tonight, which is disappointing. However, they learned that theyhave prepare for each game and match, which will happen with such ayoung team."

"We had some good performances from our outside hitters, and I was verypleased with the play of Jamie Burke and Michele Rauter. Overall, wejust need to correct some of the small things, and learn how to focus.We will get rested up tonight, and look forward to our competitiontomorrow."

In a 3-0 (6-15, 3-15, 6-15) victory over Sam Houston State, theCowgirls notched their first victory of the 2000 season. It was anexcellent match for Wyoming both offensively and defensively. SeniorMelody Friehauf finished up the match with six kills, one block solo,four block assists and a .308 hitting percentage. Junior Rachel Lau alsogot on track hitting .571, had eight kills and two blocks. As a team,the Cowgirls had 40 kills, hit .325, and had seven total team blocks.

"It was a much better effort on our part this morning against SamHouston State," said head coach Susan Judge. "We played a more completegame, despite the number of service errors. However, I'm pleased withthe performances of our outside hitters. Michele Rauter and Jamie Burkehave really come around, and provided us with a new aggressiveness fromthat spot. We had nice ball distribution, even though I would like tosee more from our rightside, as our hitting percentage was excellent.Our blocking was also much improved, we just need to stop making thesmall mistakes."

Unfortunately, the second match of the day did not go as well for theCowgirls. They were defeated by Mississippi, 3-1 (11-15, 2-15, 15-10,3-15). The bright spot of the match was middle blocker Melody Friehauf,who notched 12 kills, five blocks and hit .409. Wyoming finished thematch with 48 digs and ten total blocks.

"I'm disappointed that we are playing at two different levels in thesame day. We need to be consistent in our approach to every match.Overall, I hope we can develop that consistency over the season the morematches we play."

The Cowgirls are now 1-3 overall on the season. They continue theirtrip facing a match-up with UT-Arlington on Monday at 1:00 p.m.