Sept. 11, 2004
CARBONDALE, Illinois - The Cowgirl volleyball team (3-4 overall) closed out the Saluki Invitational by falling short in their final two matches on Saturday in Carbondale, Ill.
The Cowgirls opened up the day with a four game loss (30-28, 26-30, 27-30, 23-30) to the Eastern Illinois Panthers. With the win, EIU would improve to 5-1 overall.
Three players finished the match with double-digits in kills for Wyoming, including senior Sara Maytorena. She recorded a double-double with 21 kills, along with 11 digs and a .372 (21-5-43) hitting percentage. Freshman Rachel Smith notched 11 kills and a career high ten digs, followed by Lauren Scott with ten kills. Libero Rachael Booth followed up her career performance from the night before and recorded a career high 22 digs.
Five players recorded double-digits in kills for the Panthers. Erica Gerth finished with a match high 22 kills and 15 digs, followed by Shanna Ruxer with 16 kills and a .444 (16-4-27) hitting percentage. Eastern Illinois hit .304 (79-23-184) compared to .254 (67-23-173) by UW.
In the second match of the day, the Cowgirls lost in four games (34-32, 30-12, 30-19, 30-18) to the host school Southern Illinois.
Senior Sara Maytorena paced the way for UW with a season high 23 kills along with hitting .413 (23-4-26). For the third time in as many matches, true freshman Rachael Booth topped her career high in digs as she finished with 27. As a team, they hit .263 (63-23-152) for the match, and struggled with 14 service errors.
Southern Illinois was led by Ashley Saverine, who recorded a team high 18 kills and hit .333 (18-3-45). She was followed by Haley Hann with 12 kills and a .480 (12-0-25) hitting percentage. The Salukis hit .307 (62-16-150) for the match and out blocked the Cowgirls 10-6.
"Despite our record I thought we had a very good tournament overall," said head coach Pat Stangle. "We played very well against UMKC, but due to some injuries and people missing out of the line-up it really affected the flow of our offense in the other two matches. We'll just have to get back in the gym and continue to work on getting better."
The Cowgirls will continue play on the road next week as they head to Pocatello, Idaho for the Idaho State Classic Sept. 16-18. They will face Idaho State, Gonzaga and New Mexico State in the tournament.