Volleyball Finishes Four Straight Days Of Matches 2-3

Sept. 17, 2000

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

September 14 (Thursday)
Utah State at WYOMING - Utah State 3-1 - Box Score

September 15 (Friday)
WYOMING hosts Cowgirl Classic
Xavier vs. WYOMING - Xavier 3-0 - Box Score

September 16 (Saturday)
WYOMING hosts Cowgirl Classic
Pittsburgh vs. WYOMING - Pittsburgh 3-1
UW-Green Bay vs. WYOMING - Wyoming 3-1

September 17 (Sunday)
Loyola-Chicago at WYOMING - Wyoming 3-2

The University of Wyoming women's volleyball team opened up their home schedulethis past Thursday through Sunday with five matches

Wyoming started their homestand with a four-game lossto Utah State, 8-15, 6-15, 15-13, 6-15 on Thursday. Unfortunately, the first matchof the Cowgirl Classic Tournament on Friday also didn't fair well for the team. Xavierdefeated the Cowgirls 16-14, 15-2, 15-12.

The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Teamwrapped up the final two matches of the Cowgirl Classic with a split onSaturday in Laramie.

The day opened for the Cowgirls with a match-up with the Pitt Panthers.It was a close match throughout, but despite out hitting the Panthersthe Cowgirls would fall 13-15, 15-2, 13-15, 10-15.

Cowgirl Classic MVP Stacy Renick led the way for the Panthers with 13 kills and 13digs. Pittsburgh hit .168 for the match, along with ten total teamblocks.

The Cowgirls were led by senior Melody Friehauf, who finished the matchwith 11 kills, four block assists and a .444 hitting percentage. As ateam, Wyoming hit .207 for the match, and tallied ten total team blocks.

"You can look at the stats, and you'll find that we didn't play thatpoorly, in fact we're were even or better in some categories," said headcoach Susan Judge. "What it comes down to is making the easy plays, andthere were a number of plays that we had opportunities to score on, wejust made silly mistakes. When you're playing a team that's prettycomprable in talent and style, and the score is close mistakes anderrors can cost you."

Wyoming would close out the tournament with a four-game victory overthe Wisconsin-Green Bay Phoenix. The Cowgirls jumped out early in gameone in taking an 8-3 lead. They would only allow five more points to thePhoenix, and take the game 15-8. In game two, Wisconsin-Green Bay wouldrebound with a 15-7 win after finishing with 19 kills and hitting .267.Behind some solid hitting and blocking, the Cowgirls would seal thevictory winning 15-6, 15-13 in the final two games.

"We wanted and needed a home victory all weekend, and it finally gametonight. I think it's important to point out that several people cameoff the bench, contributed and added something to the match, when otherpeople weren't on their games. That's something I see as a key, due tothe youth and inexperience of our team. Our performances will probablyfluxuate, and we hope that will balance out as we progress through theseason."

"It feels great to win this match. Nothing feels better than winning,and especially when the coaches and players prepare for this everyday."

Wyoming had several players contribute to the victory, including JamieBurke and Michele Rauter. Both finished with 19 kills each, plus acombined 24 digs. The team finished the match hitting .208, and withnine total team blocks.

Cowgirl Classic All-Tournament Team

Janelle Tomlinson, UW-Green BayCarrie Norris, PittsburghSara Bachus, XavierGina Geraci, XavierMelody Friehauf, WyomingBarbie Bragg, Wyoming

MVP-Stacy Renick, Pittsburgh

Tournament Champions-University of Pittsburgh

With a season record of 5-7, the Cowgirl wrapped up their weekendwith a single-match against Loyola-Chicago on Sunday afternoon in the MPG.

The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball teamrallied in the final two games to defeat the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers,6-15, 15-11, 7-15, 15-6, 17-15.

The match started a little shaky for the Cowgirls as hitting only .050in the first and third games. They would rebound in games two and fourwinning 15-11 and 15-6 to force a game five. A late scoring rally wouldbe needed as the Cowgirls would fall behind 10-13 in the fifth anddeciding game. With great serving and some key blocks, Wyoming wouldseal up the 3-2 victory with a 17-15 final score.

"Once again we showed what kind of character we can come up with as ateam," said head coach Susan Judge. "When you are able to bring inpeople off the bench and they contribute, it's really exciting for me asa coach. I like to see each player contributing when they have theopportunity, and it's important that we continue to build our confidencearound team play."

The Cowgirls finished the match with 57 kills and 13 total team blocks,despite only hitting .141 for the match. Jamie Burke and Barbie Braggdominated the match for the Cowgirls. Burke tallied a team high 17kills, 13 digs, and a .342 hitting percentage. Bragg finished the matchwith 15 kills, eight digs and two block solos.

"Jamie Burke and Barbie Bragg came in and had very solid performances.It was also nice to see Melody get blocks at crucial times in the match.We now have to rest up, and start preparing for Colorado State and theconference schedule."

Wyoming finished the weekend with a 6-7 record overall. They will openup conference play on Wed. in Ft. Collins against Colorado State, andthen travel to South Bend, Ind. to participate in the Golden DomeInvitational.