Cowgirl Volleyball Falters Against San Diego

Sept. 8, 2006

LAS CRUCES, N.M. -

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In their second match of the Hilton Las Cruces Classic, the Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball team (5-3 overall) had a disappointing four-game loss (30-27, 14-30, 28-30, 18-30) against the San Diego Toreros (6-2 overall) on Friday afternoon in Las Cruces, N.M.

Freshman outside hitter Annie Meyers led the way for the Cowgirls with 14 kills and 11 digs. She was followed by Rachel Smith and Lauren Scott with nine kills each, while Scott recorded a .438 (9-2-16) hitting percentage. As a team, they hit .153 (44-20-157) and had five total team blocks.

Four players finished the match in double-figures for the Toreros, including Kristen Carlson. She had 20 kills and 17 digs, while hitting .410 (20-4-39) for the match. Christie Dawson was close behind with 19 kills, while Laurel Abrahamson had 11 and Erin Wiskar had ten. USD hit .370 (75-18-154) for the match and had 80 digs and eight total team blocks.

"I was pleased with the way we played today," said head coach Pat Stangle. "We did some good things in the match unfortunately we weren't able to sustain it through out. San Diego is a very good team and I felt like we really battled with them. Several players had a nice match including Lauren Scott and Annie Meyers."

The two teams kept it close in the early going of the first game until San Diego opened up a 9-5 advantage. They continued to maintain a four or five point lead over the Cowgirls throughout the game. Wyoming was determined and wouldn't give up down 21-15 they started to make their move with six straight points to even things up at 21 all. The Toreros scored the next point to go back up one, but the Cowgirls answered with the next three points to take their first lead of the game, 24-22. USD quickly tied it back up at 24 all and the score stayed tight over the next several points. With it all knotted up at 26, the Cowgirls went on a 4-1 scoring run to close out the game 30-27.

In game two, San Diego got their act together as they gained a seven point lead, 11-4. They would extend that lead to double-figures, 19-9, which grew even larger. After the Cowgirls finally reached double-digits, the Toreros closed out the game on an 11-4 run to win the game 30-14.

Game three was a little different as the score was kept close in the early going. With it tied up at eight, the Cowgirls tried to take advantage by scoring three straight points to go up 11-8. USD battled back and scored the next four of five to even it up at 12 all. Wyoming quickly regained a small lead unfortunately San Diego remained close behind. Finally, the Cowgirls seemed to gain control of the game with a 26-22 score, but USD had other ideas. They battled back with an 8-2 scoring run to take game three, 30-28, and a 2-1 lead in the match.

The third game loss seemed to deflate the Cowgirls as they really struggled to get anything going in the fourth game. San Diego jumped out to an eight point lead, 11-3. The Cowgirls tried to battle back but could only manage to pull within six points, 13-7. They would fall 30-18 in game four and 3-1 in the match.

The Cowgirls will close out the weekend against the Akron Zips, on Saturday morning, at 9:00 a.m.