Cowgirl Volleyball Falls in Four To Aggies

Sept. 7, 2006

LAS CRUCES, N.M. -

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The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball team (5-2 overall) had a four-match winning streak broken, on Thursday night, in a four-game loss (25-30, 30-22, 14-30, 24-30) against the New Mexico State Aggies (7-0 overall) in the opening match of the 2006 Hilton Las Cruces Classic in Las Cruces, N.M.

Two Cowgirls finished the night in double figures including junior Rachel Smith. She recorded 12 kills, two digs and two total blocks. Freshman Annie Meyers had 11 kills, nine digs and four service aces. Three players finished the night with double-digits in digs. Micah Lines led the way with 12 followed by Jessica Kagarise with 11 and Angie Hellbaum with ten. As a team, the Cowgirls hit only .103 (40-24-156) for the match and had three total team blocks.

New Mexico State was led by Amber Simpson, who recorded a match high 21 kills and a .613 (21-2-31) hitting percentage. Alice Borden followed with 18 kills and six digs. They hit .283 (67-22-159) for the match and had 11 total team blocks.

"I was very encouraged by what we did tonight," said head coach Pat Stangle. "We played well at times, but I have to give New Mexico State a lot of credit they are a very good team. We just have to learn to be better from the beginning of the match until the end. We now must get ready for a very good San Diego team tomorrow."

New Mexico State took the lead from the beginning of the first game 10-4. They would maintain that lead even extending it to eight points, 19-11. The Cowgirls tried to keep their hopes alive with the score 26-16 in favor of the Aggies going on a 5-0 run to pull within the five, 26-21. The two teams scored the same amount of points the remainder of the way with New Mexico State coming out on top 30-25.

The Cowgirls rebounded in the second game as they stormed out to a 10-2 lead. New Mexico State battled back by scoring the next seven of twelve to pull within six, 15-9. Wyoming went on a 4-2 run to go back up by seven unfortunately the Aggies battled back. Another 7-2 run brought them to within three points 21-18. The Cowgirls kept their composure allowing NMSU to score only three points to win the second game 30-22.

The two teams played pretty evenly through the first eight points of game three. With the score tied 8-8, New Mexico State went on a 9-0 run to open up an 18-9 lead. It was never close as Wyoming could only manage to score five points the remainder of the way, while the Aggies took the game 30-14 and a 2-1 lead in the match.

Wyoming tried to keep it close at the beginning of the four game but New Mexico State had other ideas. With the score 11-9 in favor of the Aggies, they would go on a 12-5 run to pull away 23-14. The Cowgirls battled back to pull within six, but that would be as close as it would get. They would fall 30-24 in game four and 3-1 in the match.

The Cowgirls will play on Friday, Sept. 8, against the University of San Diego Toreros at 1:00 p.m. They will close out the weekend against the Akron Zips, on Saturday morning, at 9:00 a.m.