Cowgirls Fall To No. 5 Long Beach State

Sept. 6, 2002

vs Long Beach State 0-3 L

Ft. Collins, Colo. -- The Wyoming Cowgirl VolleyballTeam (4-1 overall) suffered their first loss of the season, 3-0, to thefifth ranked team in the country the Long Beach State 49ers (6-0overall), by the scores of 15-30, 20-30, 26-30, Friday night in Ft.Collins.

Long Beach State jumped out to the early game one lead, 7-2. They wouldmaintain that lead throughout, only allowing the Cowgirls to get asclose as six points, 15-9. But a 15-6 run by LBSU closed out the game,30-15.

In game two, the 49ers opened up with a 6-1 lead, but a very determinedCowgirl team hung tough and closed the margin to 9-7. Another run byLong Beach put the score well out of reach of the Cowgirls despite agood fight from the Cowgirls. They would take the game 30-20 and a 2-0lead in the match.

Despite a great effort by the Cowgirls in the third game and throughoutthe match, Long Beach State would take the final game 30-26 and thematch 3-0.

Wyoming was led by sophomore rightside hitter Sara Maytorena, whofinished with 11 kills, five digs and a .273 hitting percentage. As ateam, they hit just .046 (33-28-108).

Long Beach State was led by Erika Chidester, who finished with 14kills, three block assists and a .737 (14-0-19) hitting percentage.

"The third game was a little more of what we expected to do as a team,"said head coach Jim Barnes. "We competed better and were more aggressivein that third game, in the first two we were so intimidated, not by whatthey were doing, but we weren't executing things we normally do. I didfeel like the third game was more what this Wyoming team could do andright down to the end the game was close. The way we finished wasencouraging and now we need to get ready for CSU."

The Cowgirls will open up conference play against the Colorado StateRams, on Saturday night, with a 5:00 p.m. start in Ft. Collins.