UW Tops NDSU Bison 3-0

Sept. 27, 2004

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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The Cowgirl volleyball team improved their record to 8-5 overall with a three game sweep (30-27, 30-14, 30-25) of the North Dakota State Bison on Monday night in Laramie.

It was close in the early going of the first game until an 8-3 run by the Cowgirls, including five straight points, gave them a 15-9 advantage. North Dakota State battled back by recording the next nine of twelve points to even up the score at 18 all. They eventually took a 23-20 lead and seemed to have the momentum going, but the Cowgirls came back and out scored them 10-4 the rest of the way to take the game 30-27.

The Cowgirls dominated game two as the got up 11-3 on the Bison. It continued to be a struggle for NDSU as they managed to score only 14 points in the game. Wyoming took the game 30-14 and a 2-0 lead in the match.

Wyoming led from the beginning of game three despite a good effort from North Dakota State. The Cowgirls closed out the game 30-25 and the match 3-0.

"It was our third match in four days, so we started off the match a little sluggish," said head coach Pat Stangle. "We got behind in game one, but found a way to come back with good serving, which I felt was a big difference in tonight's match."

Two Cowgirls finished the match in double-figures, including freshman Angie Hellbaum. She finished the night with ten kills, eight digs, three service aces and a .353 (10-4-17) hitting percentage. Middle blocker Shelby Heggie also recorded ten kills and a .429 (10-1-21) hitting percentage. Wyoming hit .229 (45-18-118) as a team compared to .050 (38-32-119) by North Dakota State.

"I think we knew we had to be really focused coming in to tonight's match, because the match was on a Monday and not a normal day we play on," said outside hitter Angie Hellbaum. "I think we all came out, played focused and got the job done. We now have to get ready for this weekend and realize that we can't take any team lightly."

The Cowgirls will resume Mountain West Conference play this weekend as they head out on the road to play San Diego State, on Friday night, at 8:00 p.m. MT and the UNLV Rebels, on Sunday afternoon, at 2:00 p.m. MT.

"It's the first time we've been on the road in conference play this season," he added. "In order to be a good team you have to win at home and on the road. We've done a good job at home. We need to be consistent both nights on the road."