UW Volleyball Resumes Play After Layoff

Sept. 24, 2001

LARAMIE, Wyo. - San Diego def. WYOMING 3-1 - Box Score

After almost a two week layoff, theWyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Team resumed their season in Laramie onFriday night. This was the first University of Wyoming Athletic eventsince the tragedies on the east coast, and the deaths of eight UW CrossCountry and Track athletes last Sunday. They hosted the University ofSan Diego Toreros (7-2 overall) in a non-conference match-up, andunfortunately, the Cowgirls (4-3 overall) came up short, 3-1, by scoresof 30-24, 30-23, 30-21, 30-26.

San Diego was led by Joycelyn Roy, who finished the night with 17 killsand 12 digs. Freshman Kristen Hurst also tallied 11 kills and 13 digs tohelp her team to the victory. The Toreros finished the night hitting.194 (67-35-165), along with 75 digs.

Despite outblocking the Toreros 13-4, the Cowgirls struggled hittingonly .112 (52-33-169. Sophomore Michele Rauter finished the evening with15 kills, 11 digs and hit .257. With 15 kills and hitting .235, seniorRachel Lau notched two block solos and six block assists.

"Our moral really went up and down over the last two weeks. I think wecame out and played as well as can be expected based upon the fact wehaven't been in competition since the Cowgirl Classic," said head coachSusan Steadman. "That wasn't my disappointment at all it was just theway we came out in game two. We really hit a lull and didn't take overand finish the match. The tragedies that hit both the east coast andhere on campus have been quite an emotional experience and devastatingto a point. For everyone coming out of our last matches, knowing whatwas ahead of us and being excited it has been disappointing and howeverything has affected us. But the kids love playing together, theyknow they can be successful and I have no doubt we're going to comebackstronger than ever."

The Cowgirls run their record to 4-3 overall, and will host SaintMary's (CA) tomorrow night at 7:00 p.m.