Sept. 14, 2006
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -
In their opening match of the 2006 Mountain West Conference season, the Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball team (7-3 overall, 1-0 in the MWC) earned a hard fought, three game win (30-28, 32-30, 30-27) over the New Mexico Lobos (4-8 overall, 0-1 in the MWC) on Thursday night in Albuquerque.
Two Cowgirls finished the night in double-figures, including freshman Annie Meyers. She recorded 16 kills, a career high 16 digs, while hitting .317 (16-3-41) for the match. In the first start of her career, freshman outside hitter Micah Lines had a career high 13 kills and 33 attempts. Meyers led the way with 16 digs followed by Tasha Weishahn with ten. As a team, the Cowgirls hit .222 (50-20-135) while recording 51 digs, 45 assists and six total team blocks.
New Mexico was led by Jeanne Fairchild with 14 kills and two block assists. Rose Morris also had a good night with 11 kills. Gayle Tripp had 17 digs followed by Kathleen Crawley with ten. The Lobos hit .178 (48-24-135) for the match.
"We played well enough to win tonight," said head coach Pat Stangle. "New Mexico was with us the entire way in each game, so we had to keep our composure to pull out these games. I was pleased with the play of Lauren Scott, Annie Meyers and Micah Lines, who started in the first match of her career. It was nice to get a conference win under our belt."
In game one, it was very close in the early going, until with the score tied at five all, the Cowgirls went on a four point run to take a small lead. The Lobos pulled to within one, 9-8, but Wyoming answered with two of three points to go back up by two, 11-9. New Mexico battled back as they went on a 9-3 run to take a four-point lead, 18-14. The Cowgirls responded with a 7-3 run of their own to even it back up at 21 all. It would be a battle from that point on as neither team took a lead larger than two points. UNM seemed to gain the upper hand with a 27-25 lead, but the Cowgirls scored the next five of six to win the first game 30-28.
It was back and forth in the early going of the second game as neither team really gained the upper hand. With it all tied up at ten, the Lobos scored seven of ten to go up by four, 17-13. Wyoming continued to compete and ended up evening the score at 19 all. This game would be a battle of wills as each team seemed to have an answer for the others attack and neither could really pull away. It would go down to the end with the score all tied up at 30, the Cowgirls would score the final two points to win the game 32-30.
Wyoming took the early 6-4 lead in the third game, but the Lobos tied it up at six all. The Cowgirls would pull away with a 6-3 run to make it a 15-9 game. They would maintain their lead until a 6-2 run by UNM brought them to within one, 17-16. Wyoming kept their composure and ran off eight of eleven points to make it a five point advantage, 25-20. New Mexico tried to make it interesting, but in the end the Cowgirls came away with the game 30-27 and the match 3-0.
The Cowgirls will continue MWC play on the road as they take on the TCU Horned Frogs on Saturday, Sept. 16, at 1:00 p.m. MT in Fort Worth, Texas.