Sept. 20, 1999
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Wyoming at Pittsburgh Tournament
(James Madison, Pittsburgh)
Wyoming vs. James Madison - James Madison 3-0
Wyoming vs. Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh 3-1
The Wyoming Cowgirls went 0-2 over the weekend at the tournament inPittsburgh.
The Cowgirls faced the James Madison Dukes in the firstmatch of the weekend. The Cowgirls started off the match a little shakyfalling behind 6-2 in game one. The Dukes of James Madison would keepthe pressure on outscoring Wyoming 9-3 to take the opening game, 15-5.Game two of the match started out very similar to the previous with theCowgirls once again falling behind 5-2. But they would fight back tieingthe game and then taking the lead 7-6. Each team would exchange pointswith James Madison eventually taking the lead for good. The Dukes tookgame tow 15-11. The Cowgirls looked like a different team in gamethree, gaining an early 7-1 lead. But the Dukes scored 11 unansweredpoints to take the game 15-9, and the match 3-0. The Cowgirls were ledby junior outside hitter Jamie Burke, who finished the match with tenkills and nine digs. Middle blocker Melody Friehauf added eight kills,two digs and hit .333 for the match.
Wyoming faced the host schoolPittsburgh in the second match of the weekend. They would hold their ownin game one earning an early 7-7 tie with the Panthers. Unfortunately,Pitt would start pulling away outscoring the Cowgirls 8-2 to take thefirst game 15-9. Wyoming's woes continued into the second game as theyfell behind 5-0. They would fight back to make it 5-3, but Pitt wouldreel off ten unanswered points, a deficit the Cowgirls could notovercome. The Panthers take game two 15-3 and a 2-0 lead in the match.Each team went point for point in game three. Pittsburgh gained the 12-8advantage, but the Cowgirls had some fight left in them. They wouldscore the next seven of eight points to win game three 15-13. Game fourlooked like it was going to start off like the previous game, but Pitttook the 8-2 lead, which eventually ballooned up to 13-3. The Cowgirlsdidn't give up easily as they got as close as 13-7. Pitt won the game15-7 and the match 3-1. Wyoming was led by Melody Friehauf, who finishedwith eight kills, two digs and hitting .333.
Quotes from head coach Susan Judge:
Against James Madison -?Unfortunately in this match the roller coaster took a dip down.Hopefully tomorrow against Pittsburgh, we can move forward in a positivemanner, be more prepared to play as individuals and play morecollectively as a team. The key is that we continue to be positive, andset our sights on getting better each time we play."
Against Pittsburgh - "We need to come off this road trip knowing that we will be at home forthe next three weeks. This non-conference schedule has been difficult inthe sense that it's all been on the road. We just need to refocus bothmentally and recover physically, and look to the upcoming week. We playtwo good opponents in Notre Dame and Evansville, and it should be agreat opportunity to redeem ourselves."
The Cowgirls are now 5-6 overall on the season. They will host NotreDame on Friday night, and Evansville on Saturday night, both matches at7:00 p.m. in the MPG.