Wyoming Goes Three and Out in New Mexico

Sept. 21, 2007

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -

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The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball team (6-5 overall, 1-2 in the MWC) fell in three games (27-30, 25-30, 32-34) against the New Mexico Lobos (11-3, 2-1 in the MWC) on Friday night in Albuquerque.

Senior Rachel Smith led the way for the Cowgirls with 13 kills, along with six digs and a .178 (13-5-45) hitting percentage. She was followed by Angie Hellbaum with nine kills and nine digs, and Lauren Whitney six kills. Wyoming hit .167 (42-20-132) and had six blocks.

Jeanne Fairchild recorded a match high 17 kills, while hitting .270 (17-17-37). Lisa Meeter followed with 14 kills and 16 digs, and libero Gayle Tripp finished with 20 digs. The Lobos hit .216 (56-26-139) and had eight total team blocks.

The two teams traded points back and forth in the early going of the first game. With it 7-5 in favor of the Cowgirls, New Mexico went on an 8-4 run to take a two point advantage 13-11. Wyoming evened it up at 14 all and then it continued to be close as neither team gained a lead larger than a point. Finally, the Lobos scored the next six of nine to take a three point advantage, 26-23, but UW pulled to within one, 26-25. Unfortunately that would be as close as they would get as UNM went on a 4-2 run to close out the game 30-27.

Game two started off very similar as it was even through the first 18 points at 9-9. The Lobos took the scoring edge as they went on a 6-3 run to open up a 15-12 lead. They extended that lead to seven points, 21-14, as the Cowgirls struggled to score points. With the score 25-15 in favor of New Mexico, the Cowgirls battled back and even held off four game points, but came up shorts 30-25 in the game.

The Cowgirls took a very early 3-1 lead to begin game three, but the Lobos responded with a 5-1 run to take a two point advantage, 6-4. Wyoming responded by scoring the next eight of twelve, 12-9. New Mexico pulled to within one, 12-11, which was answered by a 5-2 scoring run by UW to make it a 17-13 game. The Lobos battled back again and made it a 17-16 and again Wyoming gained the upper hand at 24-19. The game seemed to be in hand for the Cowgirls, but with the score 28-25 in their favor New Mexico made another run at them. They held off a game point at 29-28 and scored the next six of nine to win the game, 34-32, and the match 3-0.

Wyoming will open up play at home next week as they host two conference matches. They welcome the BYU Cougars, on Friday, Sept. 28, and the Utah Utes, on Saturday, Sept. 29. Both matches are set to begin at 7 p.m. in the UniWyo Sports Complex.