Cowgirls Wrap Up Tourney With Three Game Win Over Gonzaga

Sept. 20, 2003

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LARAMIE, Wyo. -

In their final match of the Wingate Invitational, the Cowgirl Volleyball Team improved their record to 10-4 overall with a three game victory, 30-22, 32-30, 30-21, against the Gonzaga Bulldogs (2-10 overall), on Saturday night.

Gonzaga took the very early 3-1 lead, but Wyoming answered with a 5-1 run to take their first lead of the game 6-4. The Bulldogs evened things up at six all and the two teams traded points back and forth. With it all square at 13, the Cowgirls went on a 7-3 run to open up their largest advantage of the game to that point, 20-16. They kept that momentum and aggressiveness going by scoring the next seven of 11 points to increase their margin to 27-20. UW would score those final three points to take game one, 30-21. For the game, Wyoming hit .350 (21-7-40) compared to .147 (11-6-34) for the Bulldogs.

The start of game two began similar to the first with the Bulldogs gaining the early advantage and the Cowgirls making a run to go up 7-5. GU quickly evened things up and each time Wyoming seemed to get anything going in the game the Bulldogs would answer right back. Finally, a 6-1 run by the Cowgirls gave them their most significant lead of the game 21-16. Unfortunately, Gonzaga scored four straight points to pull within one, 21-20. Wyoming pulled away again to open up another four point lead, 26-22, but another run from GU evened it up at 26. It would be a battle until the last point as each team held of a couple of game points with the Cowgirls finally coming out with the 32-30 win.

The Bulldogs took the 5-3 lead to start game four, but the Cowgirls scored the next four of six points to tie it at seven all. The two teams traded points traded points back and forth until a 7-3 run from Wyoming gave them a 16-12 lead. Gonzaga rallied with four straight to pull within one, but UW kept their composure and scored a couple of points to retake a four point lead. From that point, the Cowgirls closed out the match with a 30-21 win in the third game to take the match 3-0.

A couple of Cowgirls finished in double-figures, including Michele Rauter. She recorded 16 kills and 12 digs, along with hitting .424 (16-2-33). Sara Maytorena also finished the night with 15 kills and seven digs. Senior libero Amanda Miller also tallied a team high 16 digs for the match. Wyoming had a better night offensively hitting .365 (61-15-126), while recording nine total team blocks. Both Miller and Rauter earned All-Tournament Team honors.

"We made some improvements offensively in this match against Gonzaga," said head coach Jim Barnes. "It was probably our second best match offensively for the week, besides Montana. We have to have a solid offensive to win against these top teams like Montana State and others. Hopefully, we're getting some consistency and the ladies continue to learn. I also thought we had some tremendous leadership from Amanda Miller and Michele Rauter, who is still playing with some pain, but continues to produce for us."

The Cowgirls will begin Mountain West Conference play this week on the road in Utah. They will open up against the Utah Utes, Friday night at 7:00 p.m., in Salt Lake City, then play Brigham Young, Saturday night at 7:00 p.m., in Provo.