Volleyball Falls In Opening Game Of Panther Invitational Tournament

Sept. 8, 2000

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

WYOMING at UW-Milwaukee Tournament

WYOMING at UW-Milwaukee - UW-Milwaukee 3-0 - Box Score

The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Teamstarted off the weekend with a 3-0 loss (6-15, 12-15, 13-15) to the hostteam UW-Milwaukee in the opening match of the Panther Invitational onFriday night.

The Cowgirls seem to start out the match slowly and struggled to gaintheir footing, which allowed the home team to take the early 9-2 lead.Scoring only four more points in the game, the Panthers took a 15-6first game victory.

Wyoming managed to stay close in game two, but once again UW-Milwaukeejumped on the Cowgirls mistakes. Down 13-6, a very determined Cowgirlteam put up a fight to close the gap to 13-12, but fell just short to godown 0-2 in the match.

Unfortunately, a comeback wasn't in the cards tonight with a 15-13 winby the Panthers. The Cowgirls made it close leading at one point 13-12,but it was to little to late.

"This was a disappointing loss for the Cowgirls," said head coach SusanJudge. "I had hoped to comeout with a lot more fire and zest in our playcoming off of our victory against UT-Arlington."

Sophomore middle blocker Larissa Cattanach led the way for UW-Milwaukee(11 kills and four blocks) and Laura Dallenbach (12 kills, .280%), tomove to 3-1 overall on the season.

Wyoming was led by senior middle blocker Melody Friehauf, who finishedthe match with nine kills, five block assists and a .438 hittingpercentage. Jamie Burke also added nine kills and seven digs.

"Jamie Burke played very aggressively, and it was nice to see her playwith that intensity. Jansen Siplon came in and played very hard, andMelody Friehauf also put up some good numbers. There just wasn't enoughchemistry tonight, and unfortunately that is going to be a key to oursuccess."

The Cowgirls are now 2-4 overall on the season. They will play AustinPeay at 11:00 a.m., M.T., and close out the tournament with Portland at4:00 p.m., M.T.

"We now need to regroup and get ready for tomorrow. These are twomatches that we can win, provided we have a strong work ethic and goodchemistry."