Sept. 6, 2003
LARAMIE, Wyo. - Despite falling behind 2-0 in the match, the Cowgirl Volleyball team had aspectacular comeback by taking the championship match in the Cowgirl Classic 3-2 over the Weber State Wildcats onSaturday night. The Cowgirls fell behind by the scores of 30-24, 30-28, but rallied over the next three games 30-20, 30-26and 15-12.
Wyoming opened up the game with an early 5-2 lead, but Weber State went on a 14-2 run to open up a 16-10advantage. The Cowgirls answered by scoring the next eight of 11 to pull within one, unfortunately the Wildcatsresponded with seven straight to gain a seven point lead. Wyoming got as close as four but it was a little too late as WeberState won the game 30-24.
Game two began very similar with UW taking the quick lead, but Weber State responded to even it up. The two teamstraded points back and forth until the Wildcats scored five straight to take a 15-10 lead. The Cowgirls hung tough with a10-3 run to regain the lead, 20-18. After that neither team could gain a lead larger than one or two points. Finally it wouldbe Weber State who would win the game 30-28 and take a 2-0 advantage in the match.
Weber State stormed out in the third game by taking a 9-4 lead. The Cowgirls rallied with six straight points to earntheir first lead of the game, 10-9. Wyoming scored the next seven of nine to open up a 20-15 margin. The Wildcats pulledto within three points, but the Cowgirls were the ones to pull away with the 30-20 win.
UW opened up with the first significant lead in the fourth game, 8-5. Weber State responded with a couple of points tocome within one, but Wyoming rallied with a four point run to widen their margin. It would be an advantage they'd neverrelinquish as they forced a fifth and deciding game, 30-26.
It was all Cowgirls in the fifth game as they led from start to finish. They jumped out to an early 4-1 lead and continuedto maintain the lead despite several runs from the Wildcats. Wyoming seemed to have an answer from every single WeberState rally. The Cowgirls would take the game 15-12 and the match 3-2.
"We made things really hard on ourselves tonight," said head coach Jim Barnes. "Weber State is a good, competitiveand feisty team, but we weren't doing the academic things that we're taught. We've got two players that aren't 100% inLeah Powers and Michele Rauter, so that hindered us at the start. We showed a lot of heart to come back and playing well.We still need to play much better."
Three Wildcats tallied double-figures in kills, including Stephanie Kropushek. She finished with a game high 23 kills,while hitting .237 (23-9-59) for the match. Weber State hit .166 (66-35-187) for the match and recorded nine total blocks.
Four of six starters for the Cowgirls notched double-figures in kills, along with digs. Junior outside hitter SaraMaytorena tallied 19 kills and 11 digs, while chipping in three service aces and six block assists. Maytorena was named MVPof the tournament. Setter Amy Doman recorded a career high ten kills and digs for the match along with her 58 assists.Michele Rauter and Jill Roslund also chipped in 12 and 13 kills respectively. Rauter and Doman were also named to the All-TournamentTeam. In another note, freshman middle blocker Kaylan McGary from Laramie had a career night with fourkills, two service aces and three block assists.
The Cowgirls will now hit the road again next week. They will have a single match on Wednesday night againstDenver, in Colorado, at 7:00 p.m., and then will travel to Jacksonville, Florida to participate in the Jacksonville Classic. Theywill have an opening match on Friday, Sept. 12 against Jacksonville University and then two matches against Baylor andFlorida International on Saturday, Sept. 13.
2003 UNIWYO Cowgirl Classic All-Tournament Team
Alisha Fowler - Sam Houston State
Kimberly Noble - San Jose State
Stephanie Birch - Weber State
Linsay Harris - Weber State
Amy Doman - Wyoming
Michele Rauter - WyomingMVP - Sara Maytorena
Tournament Champion - University of Wyoming