Cowgirls Win First MWC Match Of The Season

Sept. 28, 2001

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

*Wyoming def. UNLV 3-0 - Box Score

The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Teamopened up the 2001 Mountain West Conference season with a three game winover the UNLV Rebels the road in Las Vegas.

Neither team really took control in the first game of the match witheach only holding a one or two point lead throughout. The Cowgirls wouldhave a game point at 29-28 and 31-30, but could not convert. UNLV wouldhave the same opportunity with the same result. Finally, on their thirdchance the Cowgirls would manage a 34-32 win.

Wyoming would jump out to an early 6-2 to start the second game, theRebels would close the gap to 6-5, but the Cowgirls answered backextending the margin to 11-5. They would maintain a lead and take thegame, 30-20, and a 2-0 lead in the match.

The Cowgirls continued their hot hitting into game three with an early11-6 advantage. UNLV would manage to close that gap to 11-9, but Wyomingwould answer and extend the lead to 18-11. They would close out thethird game and the match, 30-18.

The Rebels were led by Blair Wilkes, who finished the night with 15kills and hit .737. As a team, UNLV hit .155 and tallied 26 digs.

Wyoming was led by senior Rachel Lau, who tallied 15 kills, two blocksolos, and hit .357. Sophomore Michele Rauter added 14kills, seven digs and hit .476. The Cowgirls outblocked the Rebels sevento six, and hit .337 (50-17-98) on the evening.

"This Cowgirl Team has an unbelievable ability to perform as a teamregardless of which six players are on the court," said head coach SusanSteadman. "I was really proud of the way everyone contributed and howwe were able to keep a lead in both the second and third games. This isa great start to the Mountain West Conference season."

The Cowgirls run their record to 6-3 overall and 1-0 in the MountainWest Conference. They will now play San Diego State on Sunday afternoonat 2:00 p.m., Mountain Time, San Diego.