Sept. 20, 2003
Bozeman, Montana - The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Team (9-4 overall) earned a four game victory, 33-31, 30-25, 25-30, 30-21, over the Marquette Golden Eagles (2-9 overall) on Saturday morning.
Wyoming opened up with a 5-3 lead, but Marquette quickly responded with five straight points to take their first lead of the game, 8-5. The Cowgirls answered back with a 5-2 run to even things all up at ten and then regained the lead 13-10. The Golden Eagles fought back to close within one, 14-13, but UW scored the next seven of eight to gain a seven point advantage, 21-14. This game was far from over as Marquette went on a 10-2 run to take back the lead 24-23. From that point it was a battle between the two teams with neither taking a significant lead. With it all tied up at 27, Marquette scored two points to have game point, but the Cowgirls held their ground to even it up at 29. In all, UW would hold off four game points to eventually win 33-31.
The Cowgirls gained the early advantage to begin game two, 8-4. They maintained a three to four point margin until a 9-5 run from Marquette evened it all up at 13. UW quickly regained the lead, but Marquette rallied to tie things up and eventually took the lead 21-19. Wyoming answered by scoring the next six of seven points to reclaim the lead 25-22. Despite a good fight from Marquette, the Cowgirls held on to win the game 30-25 to take a 2-0 lead in the match.
Marquette scored the first couple of points to start game three, but the Cowgirls scored the next six of nine points to even it up. It was really a game of runs as one team made one the other would rally so neither could really gain any real advantage. A 7-1 run from the Golden Eagles gave them a 20-14 lead their largest of the game. Wyoming continued to battle by scoring the next seven of ten to pull within two, but Marquette wouldn't allow them to pull any closer as they forced a fourth game winning 30-25.
With a couple of early runs, UW gained the lead from the beginning to start the fourth game, 11-6. They continued to maintain a four to five point margin for a significant amount of the game holding off any rally from the Golden Eagles. Up by seven, the Cowgirls took control of the game with a 7-5 run to take a 25-16 lead. They'd close it out, 30-21, to win the match 3-1.
Three players finished the match in double-figures, including Michele Rauter. She recorded 14 kills and 15 digs. Jill Roslund and Sara Maytorena also finished with ten kills each. Senior Amanda Miller finished with a team high 17 digs. As a team, the Cowgirls hit .188 (59-28-165) and recorded 72 digs.
"We did what we needed to do in order to win," said head coach Jim Barnes. "We're still working on our consistency, which we're not doing right now. We have runs of points where we could be a solid club if we can get everyone on the same page. We need to stay aggressive throughout the entire match, because we sometimes let teams get back in to it, so that's one thing we need to continue to work on."
The Cowgirls will wrap up the tournament with a match against the Gonzaga Bulldogs, this afternoon, at 5:00 p.m.