Sept. 8, 2001
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Teamwon the 2001 UniWyo Cowgirl Volleyball Classic by defeating Idaho Stateand Wake Forest on the Final day of the tournament.
Against Idaho State, the Cowgirls won 34-32, 30-23 and 30-21 to takethe victory.
Joy Deatherage tallied 16 kills and six digs to lead the way for theBengals. They finished with 43 assists and digs after hitting .172 forthe match.
The Cowgirls were led by sophomore Melissa Robinett, who finished witha team high 16 kills and a phenomenal .714 hitting percentage. She alsoadded three block assists. Senior Rachel Lau also contributed 15 killsand three block solos. The Cowgirls hit over .300 for the first timethis season and finished the match with eight blocks.
"I was more pleased with the third game than the first," said headcoach Susan Steadman. "We didn't come out and play very well, but weended up winning the game and continued to gain confidence throughoutthe match. As a young team, you are always trying to overcomeobstacles, and I really couldn't be anymore happy with the way we'replaying right now. We're still making mistakes, but volleyball is asport that lends itself to more mistakes than successes. I'm very proudof our team and of Rachel Lau, who had a great match. Shannon Patrickcame in and played some defense after starting out slowly. Overall, itwas a great team effort, we just need to keep it up against WakeForest."
To wrap up the tournament, the Cowgirls would face the Wake ForestDemon Deacons. They would sweep the Deacons in three by scores of 30-19,30-28 and 30-24.
Wake Forest was led by senior Margaret Davidson, who finished with ninekills. Trina Maso de Moya also added 13 digs.
Wyoming was led by freshman Sara Maytorena, who tallied 14 kills, 12digs and hit .500 on the night. The Cowgirls hit .293 for the match andnotched seven blocks. Senior Rachel Lau was named the MVP of thetournament and Michele Rauter earned All-Tournament Team honors for thesecond time this season.
"It's awesome to win this tournament," said head coach Susan Steadman."We haven't won four straight matches in long time. I feel better than Idid the day I stepped on the Wyoming campus. I'm very proud of thisgroup, a little shocked that we were able to go the entire weekendplaying good volleyball. They continued to raise their level of play,and I'm very excited. We have great potential to do well next week whenwe go on the road, and I think we've done everything to prepare forthat."
The Cowgirls now run their record to 4-2. They will be on the road nextweek as they travel to Baltimore, Md and Washington D.C. They will faceUM-Baltimore County on Wednesday night, and then play in the GeorgetownClassic with match-ups with East Carolina, Cornell and host schoolGeorgetown.
2001 UniWyo Cowgirl Classic All-Tournament Team
Most Valuable Player
Rachel Lau, Wyoming
Michele Rauter, Wyoming
Margaret Davidson, Wake Forest
Trina Maso de Moya, Wake Forest
Denise Griffin, Oklahoma
Melanie Tucker, Idaho State
Olaya Pazo, UT-Arlington