Volleyball Opens Up Cowgirl Classic With Victories

Sept. 7, 2001

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

Cowgirl Classic (Laramie, Wyo.)
WYOMING def. Texas-Arlington 3-1 - Box Score
WYOMING def. Oklahoma 3-0 - Box Score

The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Teamgot off to a good start, in the UniWyo Cowgirl Classic, with twovictories in the first day of competition.

In the first match of the day, the Cowgirls defeated the UT-ArlingtonMavericks, 3-1, by scores of 30-21, 30-17, 27-30 and 30-16.

Junior outside hitter Carol Bozikis led the Mavericks with ten killsand nine digs. Unfortunately, their hitting percentage didn't help themwin any points, hitting a dismal -.013 (36-38-154).

The Cowgirls were led by sophomore Michele Rauter, who have a careernight with 23 kills. She also added eight digs and hit .381. Rachel Lauwas also a big contributor with 15 kills and hitting .333. Wyomingoutblocked the Mavericks 12 to six and hit .253 on the match.

"It's good to win, but more importantly how we won," said head coachSusan Steadman. "We've been trying for the last two year's to get agroup on the court that worked together, but also showed up for thematch individually and took care of their responsibilities. This grouphas potential to play well together as a team and really raise the levelof their play."

"I felt that everyone that played today performed well. Our middleblockers were very consistent and played aggressively. Michele Rauteralso had a good match. She played good defensively and for an outsidehitter to hit .381 for the match is great. Overall, it was a great teameffort, and I'm proud of the way our setters showed some leadership."

In their second match of the day, the Cowgirls took on Big 12 opponentOklahoma. They defeated the Sooners in three straight games, 30-28,30-28, 31-29.

Oklahoma was led by Denise Griffin, who led the team in kills with 12,along with notching four digs. Despite only hitting .136 on the night,they outblocked the Cowgirls ten to seven.

Wyoming was led by sophomore Michele Rauter, who despite going down inthe second game, finished with nine kills and six digs. She would returnin the third game. Melissa Robinett also added ten kills and three blocksolos. The Cowgirls hit .155 (44-27-110) on the evening.

"I'm proud of the win and the fact we could regroup, after Michele wentdown in the second game, it's important that we could keep it togetherand win the match. This is a great win and you have to consider how ourfreshmen are playing, regardless of their mistakes, they keep comingback and fighting."

"We weren't playing good clean volleyball tonight. We got the job done,but I didn't feel we played as well as this morning. You can expect thehighs and lows in the early season, and especially in a five teamtournament. The important thing is that we recover and have a goodperformance against Idaho State."

With the victories, the Cowgirls even their record at 2-2. They willface Idaho State at noon and Wake Forest, at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow night,in the final day of the UniWyo Cowgirl Classic.