Sept. 13, 2003
Jacksonville, Fla. -- For the second time this season, the Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball team (7-2 overall) defeated the Baylor Bears (4-5 overall) in four games (31-29, 30-21, 23-30, 30-27) at the Jacksonville Classic on Saturday morning.
Wyoming began the match by taking the early 6-3 lead, but Baylor answered with five of the next seven points to even it up at eight all. The Cowgirls quickly regained the lead until five straight points from the Bears gave them their first lead of the game 15-13. A 6-2 run from UW helped them regain a two point margin which was short lived as the BU tied it back up at 19-19. From that point each team traded point back and forth with neither one gaining a real big advantage. In the end, Wyoming would pull out the 31-29 win after holding off a game point from Baylor.
The Bears jumped to the early 7-4 advantage to start the second game, but Wyoming answered with an 8-5 run even it up at 12. It went back and forth for a couple of points before the Cowgirls went on another 8-1 run to open up their largest lead of the game 21-14. Baylor continued to battle and came to within five points, 22-17. It was all Cowgirls though as they pulled away with the 30-21 win to take a 2-0 lead in the match.
Baylor seemed to be the team more fired up to begin game three by gaining a 10-5 lead. The Cowgirls kept their composure by scoring the next seven of ten points to pull within one, 13-12, but the Bears quickly regained another four point margin. Wyoming continued to battle unfortunately BU had an answer for everything. They stayed in the match by taking the third game, 30-23.
Wyoming fell behind early but went on a 5-2 run to take their first lead of the game 8-7. Baylor tied it all up and the battle was on as neither team could gain a lead larger than a point or two. With the score all even at 18, the Cowgirls went on a 4-1 run to take their largest lead of the game, 23-19, but the Bears responded with a 6-2 run to tie it up at 25 all. After that UW gained the upper hand not only to win the game 30-7, but the match 3-1.
"This the biggest win of the season for us, because we've been struggling this past week," said head coach Jim Barnes. "The team came together and is now ready to move forward. Several players stepped up today, especially Michele Rauter. She probably had one of the best games of the season. Amanda Miller kept us in the match with outstanding defense and continues to be the most solid player for our team."
Wyoming was led by several individuals in the match, including senior Michele Rauter. She finished with a season high 26 kills, along with ten digs. Four other individuals also recorded double-figures in digs. Senior Amanda Miller recorded a team and career high 24 digs, along with Amy Doman who tallied a career high 15 digs. The Cowgirls finished the match with a .300 (62-17-150) hitting percentage and 77 digs.
The Cowgirls will wrap up the tournament this afternoon with a 4:00 p.m. Mountain Time match against the Florida International Golden Panthers.