Sept. 5, 2004
LARAMIE, Wyo. - The Wyoming volleyball team closed out the 2004 UniWyo Cowgirl Classic with a three game loss to the Minnesota Golden Gophers, on Saturday night, in Laramie. The fifth ranked team in the country beat the Cowgirls 30- 17, 30-24, 30-20.
Through the first ten points of game one, Wyoming hung around until a 7-2 run from Minnesota put them up 12-7. The Cowgirls tried to inch their way back into it unfortunately they could only score ten more points in the game as the Gophers took the first one 30-17.
Game two saw the Cowgirls take an 8-6 early lead, which they maintained until Minnesota evened things up at 13 all. Wyoming stayed within a point or two but eventually the Gophers would pull out the game 30-24.
Minnesota took over the match in the third game as they took the lead from the beginning and never looked back. An early 3-3 tie would be as close as the Cowgirls would be. The Gophers would win the game 30-20 and the match 3-0.
"We obviously have to get better," said head coach Pat Stangle. "The exciting thing is that we showed glimpses of hanging with the best in the country. We have to get better, more consistent and have more poise under the pressure. That's one of the best teams we'll see all year.
"When you play a team like this they'll expose a lot of weaknesses you may have, and can get away with against other teams, but their speed and athleticism is so much better. Hopefully, we can learn and build from this."
With 13 kills, four digs and a .394 (13-0-33), senior Sara Maytorena led the way for the Cowgirls. As a team, Wyoming hit .240 (35-11-100), but did out block the Gophers eight to five.
The Cowgirls will hit the road for the first time as they travel to Greeley, Colo. as they take on the Northern Colorado Bears, Tuesday night, at 7:00 p.m.
Cowgirl Classic All-Tournament Team
Felice Yocopis, Outside Hitter, Idaho State
Meagan Daniel, Outside Hiiter, UTSA
Sara Maytorena, Outside Hiiter, Wyoming
Rachel Smith, Outside Hiiter, Wyoming
Jessica Byrnes, Middle Blocker, Minnesota
Meredith Nelson, Middle Blocker, Minnesota
MVP -- Erin Martin, Outside Hitter, Minnesota