Wyoming Volleyball Wins Thriller In Five

Sept. 9, 2002

at Idaho State W 3-2


In a thrilling come from behindvictory, the Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Team (5-2 overall, 0-1 MWC)closed out their weekend road trip with a victory in five games(29-31, 22-30, 30-28, 30-20, 15-11) over the Idaho State Bengals (2-4overall), on Monday night in Pocatello, Idaho.

Wyoming opened up the first game by taking the early lead, but theBengals would tie the score up at six all. They would also score thenext six points to take a 12-7 advantage and hold the lead until theCowgirls came storming back to tie it up at 15 all. The score remainedclose throughout the remainder of the game until the Bengals wouldfinally take it 31-29.

Game two started off very similar with the teams exchanging pointsuntil with the score tied at nine all, Idaho State would score the nextfour points to take a 13-9 advantage. They would maintain a three tofour point lead over the Cowgirls and would take the game 30-22 and a2-0 lead in the match.

Each team traded points early in game three until four straight pointsby the Bengals put them up 10-6, but the Cowgirls came back with ananswer of their own to tie it up at ten. Another run made by ISU putthem up by several points until the Cowgirls would catch them at 27-27.UW would score the next three of four points to win game three 30-28.

The Cowgirls seemed to take control in game four. With the score tied9-9, they would make a 9-3 run to go up 18-12. They would maintain thatadvantage by outscoring the Bengals 12-7 and close out the game 30-20 toforce a fifth and deciding game.

It would go point for point in the final game with neither team willingto give up. With the scored tied at ten, the Cowgirls scored the lastfive of six points to take the game 15-11 and the match, 3-2.

"We knew that coming off two losses it was a matter of getting ourconfidence back," said head coach Jim Barnes. "Our focus was to startstrong, and in the first game it was close but just couldn't get anymomentum going, if we would have the match probably would have won thematch in three. Once we started playing defense in that third game, wegave ourselves a chance and in the fourth game the passing got betterand the offense started to take over and so did we in the match. It's amatter of the girls playing with confidence and we have some defensivethings we need to get better at."

Three Cowgirls finished with double-figures in kills, while twofinished with double-doubles. Sophomore Sara Maytorena recorded 20kills, five block assists, a season high 14 digs, along with hitting ateam high .459 (20-3-37) for the match. Michele Rauter and Jill Roslundalso finished with 20 and 13 kills respectively. Roslund also recordeda career high seven block assists. As a team, the Cowgirls hit .286(75-25-175) for the match, and recorded 68 assists, 62 digs and tentotal blocks.

The Cowgirls will return to Laramie for a couple of days before hittingthe road again at the War Eagle Invitational, Sept. 14-15, in Auburn,Alabama. They will face Middle Tennessee State and UNC Greensboro onSaturday and then finish up the weekend against Auburn on Sunday.