Cowgirl Volleyball Comeback Falls Short

Sept. 10, 2003

Denver, Colo. -- The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Team (5-2 overall) fell in four against the Denver Pioneers (6-2 overall) by the scores of 27-30, 27-30, 30-25 and 29-31, on Wednesday night, in Denver.

It was back and forth to begin the match with neither team really taking a significant lead until five straight points from DU opened up a 13-8 advantage. They continued to maintain that lead as the Cowgirls had a difficult time getting things going offensively. A small run from Wyoming pulled them to within two, but the Pioneers seemed to have an answer for everything. With score at 23-21 in favor of Denver, the Pioneers pulled away by scoring the next seven of eleven points to take the game 30- 25. Wyoming struggled offensively hitting -.024 (10-11-42), while DU hit .263 (17-7-38) for the game.

The Pioneers picked up where they left off in the second game by gaining the early 10-5 advantage. They held on to a five to six point margin despite the Cowgirls keeping even in the scoring. Up by the score of 15-10, Denver really started to pour on the offense with a 7-4 run to gain their largest lead of the game, 22-15. Wyoming answered by scoring the next five of seven points to close to within four. With the game seemingly in hand for the Pioneers, UW held off three game points unfortunately falling short. DU would win the game 30-27 to take a 2-0 lead in the match.

Each team played each other point for point to start the third game and finally the Cowgirls would take their first significant lead 12-9. That lead would increase after an 8-3 run and five straight points to put them up, 20-12. Denver battled back by scoring the next seven of nine points to pull within two, 21-19. Wyoming held on to their advantage despite several good efforts from DU and took the third game 30-25.

It was a game of runs as the Pioneers gained the first advantage in the fourth game, 7-4, but the Cowgirls scored three straight to tie it up. The two teams would go back and forth as each one would seem to have an answer to the others score. Down 18-17, the Cowgirls scored three straight to take a 20-18 lead, but Denver tied it right back up at 20. This game would go down to the very end as the Cowgirls, up 28-26, had game point twice before DU evened up at 29 all. They would go on to score the next two points to win the game 31-29 and the match 3-1.

Wyoming was led by senior outside hitter Michele Rauter, who finished the night with 17 kills and eight digs. Sara Maytorena tied a career high with 16 digs, along with recording 12 kills. The Cowgirls finished the match hitting .152 (54-30-158).

The Cowgirls will now travel to Jacksonville, Florida to participate in the Jacksonville Classic. They will open up with the host team Jacksonville Dolphins, on Friday night, and then two matches against the Baylor Bears and Florida International Golden Panthers, on Saturday, to close out the weekend.