Wyoming Volleyball Closes Out Weekend With Loss

Sept. 17, 2005


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The Cowgirl Volleyball team (5-4 overall) had a disappointing night as they fell to the New Mexico State Aggies in three-games (24-30, 17-30, 21-30) on Saturday night in Laramie.

The Cowgirls struggled offensively as they hit a dismal .074 (31-23-108) for the match, while recording only 27 digs and seven total blocks. Sophomore Rachel Smith finished with ten kills and three digs, followed by Kelsey Loop with eight kills.

"We really had a tough night because of several factors, including having our starting setter out for the match," said head coach Pat Stangle. "Tasha (Weishahn) was the tournament MVP last weekend and has been really developing in to a great college setter. Anytime you lose someone that plays such a significant role you're going to struggle. I was disappointed because I thought maybe our mind set may be a little bit different than it was."

The Cowgirls started game one by taking the early lead 4-2, but New Mexico State answered with a 7-2 run to go up by a score of 9-6. Wyoming would score the next three of four to pull within one, 10-9, unfortunately the Aggies stormed back with seven straight to go back up by eight. Things didn't fair much better for Wyoming as NMSU built a double-digit lead. They hung tough down 29-16 and scored eight straight but still came up on the short end, 30-24.

New Mexico State went up 4-1 in the early going of the second game. The Cowgirls hung around and even things up at seven all, but the Aggies answered with a 7-3 run to go back up 14-10. UW pulled to within two unfortunately yet another six straight points from New Mexico State put them up 20-12. They would close out the game on a 10-5 run to take the game 30-17 and a 2-0 lead in the match.

UW scored the opening point of the third game and that would be the only time they would lead. New Mexico State ran off the next 12 of 15 points to open up a 12-4 advantage. The Cowgirls scored three to pull within five, but another big scoring run helped the Aggies extend their lead. Down 20-11, Wyoming wouldn't give up and went on a 7-2 run to make the score 22-18, it would be too much for them to overcome, as NMSU took the game 30-21 and the match, 3-0.

The Cowgirls will open up the 2005 MWC season next weekend as they travel to face the UNLV Rebels, on Thursday night, in Las Vegas, and the San Diego State Aztecs, on Saturday afternoon, in San Diego, Calif.