Sept. 8, 2004
Greeley, Colo. -- On the road for the first time, the Wyoming volleyball team suffered a 3-0 loss (30-25, 30-26, 30-23) on Tuesday night in Greeley. The Cowgirls fall to 2-2, while UNC improves to 3-1. The Bears took an early 5-3 lead to start off game one, which the Cowgirls quickly matched, but a 6-2 run from UNC put them back up by four. After a time-out, Wyoming responded with seven unanswered to regain a 14-11 lead while Northern Colorado quickly scored the next four of five to even up the score at 15 all. The Cowgirls maintained a one or two point advantage for a good portion of the game until another 8-2 run from the Bears put them 26-22. UW tried to fight back and pulled to within two but it wouldn't be enough as they would fall in the first game, 30-25. The Cowgirls quickly fell behind in game two as the Bears took an 8-5 lead. Wyoming pulled to within one, but UNC continued to maintain a three or four point lead. The Cowgirls battled their way back and brought the score to 20-19 unfortunately UNC quickly regained another three point advantage. With things all even at 22, Northern Colorado managed to out score UW 8-4 and win the game 30-26 to take a 2-0 lead in the match. Game three had UNC come out strong scoring the first four of five points to take a very early 4-1 lead, but Wyoming responded with a 6-2 run to even up the score. The Bears quickly regained a six point lead by scoring the next ten of 14 points. The Cowgirls continued to battle, unfortunately the deficit would be too much to overcome as they fell in the game 30-23 and the match 3-0. "To become a good team you have to take care of things at home first and I thought we did that over this past weekend," said head coach Pat Stangle. "You have to learn to be good on the road, and we need a couple of road trips in order for that to happen. It was the first time on the road for a lot of these players and they probably weren't as focused as they could have been, but that's a learned behavior that with a young team there will be nights like this. We just have to be better tomorrow, and the next time we head out on the road which will be this weekend." The Cowgirls were led by senior Sara Maytorena who finished with a team high 12 kills, and a .409 (12-3-22) hitting percentage. She was followed by Lauren Scott and Andrea Seele with six kills. As a team, they struggled hitting only .270 (38-14-89) compared to .382 (54-15-102) by Northern Colorado. The Cowgirls will continue play on the road this week as they travel to Carbondale, Illinois for the Saluki Invitational. They open up the tournament against UMKC, on Friday afternoon, at 3:30 p.m. MT, and on Saturday against Eastern Illinois, at noon MT, and Southern Illinois, at 6:00 p.m. MT.