Sept. 16, 2004
Pocatello, Idaho -
In their opening match of the Idaho State Classic, the Cowgirl volleyball team improved their record to 4-4 overall with a four game win (27-30, 30-27, 30-17, 30-27) over the Idaho State Bengals, on Thursday night, in Pocatello, Idaho.
This is the second meeting between the two teams this season as Wyoming came away with a 3-2 victory over the Bengals at the Cowgirl Classic earlier this month. It was still a difficult battle between the two teams as ISU opened up with the game one victory, but the Cowgirls would take the following three games to earn the win.
Four of six starters recorded double-figures in kills including senior Sara Maytorena. She led the way with 19 kills, along with eight digs and a .326 (19-4-46) hitting percentage. Freshman Rachel Smith helped the cause with 14 kill and 12 digs, followed by Lauren Scott with 13 kills and Shelby Heggie with 11 kills. Libero Rachael Scott continued to pile up the digs with 23 for the match. As a team, they had a .318 (67-17-157) compared to .177 (65-33-181) by the Bengals.
Idaho State was led by senior Ali Gorny who finished with 15 kills and 12 digs, along with Ashley VanderBloomen recording 17 digs.
"We came out and battled extremely hard tonight," said head coach Pat Stangle. "Despite all of the adversity we've had all week, the team really came together as a whole to come away with a victory. Also, I really felt our middle blockers really stepped up and made a big difference in the match. Now we have to focus and concentrate on the next match against New Mexico State."
The Cowgirls will continue play at the Idaho State Classic on Friday afternoon against New Mexico State at 4:30 p.m.