Cowgirls Open Tourney With Win

Sept. 20, 2002

at Texas A&M-CC W 3-0

Corpus Christi, Texas -- The Wyoming CowgirlVolleyball Team (9-2 overall, 0-1 MWC) opened up the Islander Classicwith a three game victory (30-21, 34-32, 30-19) over the TexasA&M-Corpus Christi Islanders (4-9 overall), on Friday night.

The Cowgirls opened up the first game by taking the early 8-3 lead, andmaintained a four to five point margin throughout. TAMU-CC hung tough byclosing the gap to 21-19, but it wasn't enough as UW outscored theIslanders 8-3 to take the game 30-21.

The Islanders jumped to an early three point lead over the Cowgirls9-6, but they would storm back with 6-0 run to not only tie the scorebut to take a 12-9 lead. With it all even at 14, the Cowgirls went on an11-4 run to go up 25-19. A 10-4 rally by TAMU-CC tied the game at 29 alland the fight was on, and when the dust settled it was the Cowgirls ontop 34-32 and a 2-0 lead in the match.

Wyoming gained the advantage to begin game three, 12-8. They wouldmaintain that lead even holding one as large as nine points, as theCowgirls took the game 30-19 and the match 3-0.

"I thought we came out and started each game aggressively and set thetone, which allowed us to get ahead by six or seven points in eachgame," said head coach Jim Barnes. "Our other focus was to maintain alead throughout the match, which we didn't do at different times. But inthe third game, we did what we had planned on we started strong, playedsmart and finished them off. It was a good first match and I'm lookingforward to the next two matches."

Wyoming was led by sophomore outside hitter Sara Maytorena, whofinished the night with 13 kills, ten digs and hit .310 (13-4-29) forthe match. Michele Rauter also finished with 12 kills, seven digs andhit .345 (12-2-29). As a team, the Cowgirls hit .280 (50-17-118)compared to .172 (44-22-128) by the Islanders, and outblocked them 12 tofive.

The Cowgirls will continue play in the Islander Classic tomorrow withtwo matches. They will face Texas Southern, at 10:00 a.m. MT, and the UTPan American Lady Broncs at 2:00 p.m. MT.