September 20, 1998
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Cowgirls went 0-3 over the weekend as they participated in the First Bank Classic. In the first match of the tournament the Cowgirls took on the 10th ranked Florida Gators. In game one, Wyoming only hit .037 percent and added three service errors to let Florida take the first game 15-3. Florida overpowered the Cowgirls as they only allowed Wyoming to score one point in the second game to win 15-1. In the third game the Cowgirls put up a valient fight, but the Gators were just too much. After fighting back to make the score 6-11, Florida scored four unanswered to win the game 15-6 and the match, 3-0. Wyoming was led by freshman middle blocker Rachel Lau, who had eight kills, one dig and one block assist.
The road didn't get any easier for Wyoming as they faced the third ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers in their second match. The Cowgirls would fall behind early 6-2 and could never regain their footing. Nebraska would take the game, 15-4. The second game was no different as they fell behind once again, 7-1 and things didn't get much better as the Cornhuskers took game two, 15-3. Wyoming came out in game three fighting gaining an early 5-0 lead. With the Cowgirls up 7-2, Nebraska went on a 7-0 run to take a 9-7 lead. Wyoming would then take back the lead 11-9, but Nebraska was too tough to handle as they came back to win 15-11 and take the match, 3-0.
In the final match of the tournament the Cowgirls faced another nationally ranked team in Loyola Marymount. Game one saw the Cowgirls struggling to serve and score. Wyoming committed six service errors in a game in which the Lions won, 15-4. The second game had very even scoring throughout, with Wyoming breaking out to an 11-5 lead. LMU would make a run of its own, making the score 11-9, but the Cowgirls would hold on to win 15-10. The Cowgirls stayed close in the third game, but Loyola would score five unanswered for the 15-7 win. The Lions dominated game four allowing wyoming to score one point and take a 12-1 lead. The Cowgirls fought back and went on an 8-2 run before Loyola would eventually close out the game 15-9 and the match 3-1.