Sept. 22, 2005
LAS VEGAS, Nev. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl volleyball team (5-4 overall, 0-1 in the MWC) had a rough start to the conference season as they fell in three games (22-30, 18-30, 26-30) to the UNLV Rebels (5-7, 1-0 in the MWC) on Thursday night in Las Vegas.
Three Cowgirls finished the night with eight kills, including Lauren Scott. She hit .545 (8-2-11) to go with those eight kills. Freshmen libero Carissa Lee and Samantha Eley led the way with 12 and 10 digs respectively. As a team, Wyoming hit .209 (41-17-115) compared to .325 (57-17-123) by the Rebels.
"We really had a tough night all the way around," said head coach Pat Stangle. "I did feel our middles did a nice job, but the outside hitters really struggled and need to step it up in the next match. We'll have to get back in to the gym tomorrow and work on some things."
It was back and forth in the early going of game one until UNLV took a 7-4 lead, but Wyoming rallied back with a 6-3 run to even things up eventually taking the lead at 15-13. The Rebels answered back by scoring the next six of seven to regain a three point advantage, 19-16. They would never look back from that point as the Cowgirls never were any closer than five points as UNLV took game one, 30-22.
Game two started off rough for the Cowgirls as they scored the first point and then the Rebels ran off 11 of the next 13 points to go up by eight, 11-3. After Wyoming scored a couple of points, UNLV built their lead to double-digits as UW really struggled to push points as they barely managed to reach double-figures in the game. Unfortunately, the deficit was too much to overcome as UNLV took the game, 30-18, and a 2-0 lead in the match.
Wyoming kept in close in the early part of game, but then UNLV jumped ahead 11-8. The Cowgirls hung tough and went on a 9-2 run to take their first significant lead of the match 17-13. They maintained a three to four point advantage until the Rebels ran off seven of nine to even things up at 24 all. In fact they would go on to score the final six of eight to close out the game 30-26 and the match, 3-0.
The Cowgirls will close out the weekend as they travel to San Diego to face the Aztecs on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. MT.