Sept. 12, 2003
Jacksonville, Florida - The Cowgirl Volleyball Team improved their record to 6-2 overall after a four game victory (30-25, 30-20, 25-30,31-29) over the Jacksonville Dolphins (1-4 overall) in their opening match of the Jacksonville Classic, on Friday night.
Wyoming opened up the match scoring the first two points of the game followed by Jacksonville recording the next seven of eight points to open up a 7-3 advantage. The Cowgirls maintained their composure and went on a 7-1 run to take their first lead of the game 10-8. The Dolphins quickly tied it up at ten and the battle was on with each team going back and forth with the lead. Even at 18 all, the Cowgirls scored the next six of eight to regain the lead 24-20 and held on to it for good. UW would take game one 30-25.
Jacksonville scored the first couple of points of game two, but Wyoming rallied with six straight points to open up a 6-3 lead. The Dolphins pulled to within one unfortunately that would be as close as they would get. Up 10-6, the Cowgirls went on a scorching 12-3 run, which included two stretches of five straight unanswered, to widen the lead 22-9. They'd take the game 30-20 and a 2-0 advantage in the match.
The Dolphins stormed out in the third game by scoring the first five points before the Cowgirls recorded anything on the scoreboard. They not only held on to that lead from beginning to end, but it continued to grow as Wyoming struggled to get anything going. Down 22-14, the Cowgirls made a an 8-4 run to pull within four unfortunately it was a little too late as Jacksonville forced a game four, 30-25.
The Cowgirls started out strong to begin game four with an early 7-3 lead, but Jacksonville went on a 5-1 run to even the score at eight. Wyoming quickly regained their advantage unfortunately the Dolphins really battled to not only tie it up but take the lead 16-13. Down three points, UW rallied with nine straight points to open up their largest lead of the game 25-19. JU had different ideas as they went on a 7-2 run to pull within one 27-26, but the Wyoming maintained their composure and held off a couple of late Jacksonville runs to win the game 31-29 and the match 3-1.
"It was a good opportunity for us to look at different players in our line-up," said head coach Jim Barnes. "We played just about everyone and gave some of the younger kids an opportunity to gain experience and show us what they can do. As a team, we're learning a lot about ourselves and I'll think this weekend will be pivotal to set us up for conference in a couple of weekends."
Three Cowgirls recorded double figures in kills, including junior Jill Roslund. She finished with a season high 16 kills, along with seven digs and four service aces. Sara Maytorena and Vanessa Latimer chipped in 11 and ten kills respectively, while Maytorena also finished with 18 digs. As a team, Wyoming finished the night hitting .199 (63-29-171) along with ten total blocks.
Wyoming will wrap up the tournament tomorrow with two matches. They will start the morning against the Baylor Bears, at 9:00 a.m. MT, and finish up against Florida International at 4:00 p.m. MT.