Sept. 13, 2003
Jacksonville, Florida - In their final match of the Jacksonville Classic, the Cowgirls (7-3 overall) lost a heartbreaker in five, 26-30, 30-25, 31-29, 21-30, 11-15 to the Florida International Golden Panthers (6-2 overall) on Saturday night.
The Cowgirls grabbed the lead quickly to start the match, 6-3, but FIU answered to even things up. On the very next serve, Wyoming regained the lead, which would grow to four points, 12-8, and eventually six after a small run. After a timeout by the Golden Panthers, FIU scored the next seven of nine points to pull within one 22-21 and then evened things up at 23. The battle was on after that as the Cowgirls would gain momentum, FIU would answer back. All tied up at 26, Florida International scored the final four points to win game one, 30-26.
Wyoming was the dominate team to open up game two by taking the an early lead 7-3. The Golden Panthers rallied with a 10-3 run to take the lead of the game, 13-10. The Cowgirls responded with a 7-2 run, not only to tie it up, but take the lead 17-15. FIU scored the next three of four points to tie it up at 18, but again UW scored three unanswered to regain an advantage, 21-18. The Cowgirls maintained that lead despite several close calls from the Golden Panthers to take game two 30-25.
The teams traded points in the early going of game three with neither team taking a significant lead. With the score tied at 12 all, the Golden Panthers scored five straight to open up a 17-12 advantage, which they maintained for a majority of the game despite the efforts of the Cowgirls. Down 24-20, UW went on an 8-3 run to take the lead 28-27 and the eventually win, 31-29.
After the Cowgirls scored the first couple points of the fourth game, the Golden Panthers built a lead, 12-8. They held on to it despite every effort from the Cowgirls. Down, 21-15, UW made a small run to close the margin to four points, unfortunately the deficit was too much to overcome. FIU would force a fifth and final game by winning 30-21.
Wyoming took the early lead 6-2, but FIU stormed back with six straight points to take the lead, 8-6. The Cowgirls scored three straight to take a one point lead, 9-8. The Golden Panthers had other ideas by scoring the final seven points to win the game 15-11 and the match 3-2.
Junior Sara Maytorena had a career night as she recorded the first triple double-double of her career. She finished with a career high 22 kills, 11 assists along with 18 kills and seven block assists. Michele Rauter also recorded 17 kills and 23 digs for the night. As a team, they hit .176 (70-33-210) .
The Cowgirls will continue to be on the road next week as they have a single match against the Montana Lady Griz, on Thursday night, Missoula and then participate in the Wingate Invitational in Bozeman, Montana, over the weekend. Their first opponent will be Friday night against Montana State, and two matches on Saturday against Marquette and Gonzaga.