Cowgirl Volleyball Gets Back to Winning Ways

Sept. 28, 2006


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The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball team (8-5 overall, 2-1 in the MWC) resumed MWC play and got back on track with a three-game victory (30-6, 30-17, 30-23) against the Air Force Academy Falcons (1-12 overall, 0-5 in the MWC) on Thursday night in Laramie.

Two Cowgirls finished the match in double-figures including junior outside hitter Rachel Smith. She recorded a team high 12 kills along with eight digs and a .360 (12-3-25) hitting percentage. Freshman Annie Meyers followed with ten kills and nine digs, while senior middle blocker Andrea Seele had nine kills and four blocks. Libero Samantha Eley had ten digs and setter Tasha Weishahn had 38 assists. As a team, Wyoming hit .302 (45-16-96) for the match, had 41 digs and 41 assists, while out blocking Air Force nine to six.

The Falcons were led by Kristina Stewart who finished with 12 kills and five digs. Setter Kim Kallabis led the way with 18 assists and eight digs. Air Force hit -.067 (22-29-104) for the match, while recording 29 digs and 21 assists.

"I felt like we had a good week of practice, which translated to good play in the match," said head coach Pat Stangle. "We came out in this match and won the serve and pass battle, and never really let Air Force get any momentum going in the match. If you look at the numbers, they only had one hitter in the positive, which speaks well for us. We did a nice job setting the tempo of the match. Overall, I felt like we really improved during this match."

After a kill by Smith gave the Cowgirls their first point of game one, they would run off seven straight points behind the serving of Weishahn to go up 8-0. The Falcons finally scored a point, but Wyoming scored the next 10 of 11 to extend the lead to double-figures, 18-2. Things wouldn't get any easier for Air Force as they really struggled on the offensive end committing 12 errors in the first game. UW closed out the game on a 12-4 to win the game 30-6.

It was all Cowgirls to begin game two as they took an 8-3 advantage. The Falcons scored the next three of four to pull within three 9-6. Wyoming rallied back with a 10-3 scoring run of their own to extend the lead to 19-9. Air Force would finally reach double-figures but it was never close as Wyoming ran away with the game 30-17 to take a 2-0 lead in the match.

Game three was close in the beginning as the Cowgirls managed to gain a 9-7 lead. They would extend that with a 6-2 run which made it 15-9. Air Force scored five of the next eight to bring it to within four, 18-14. Wyoming once again answered with a 7-2 run to regain a nine-point lead, 25-19. The Falcons hung tough with five of six points to make it a five point game, 26-21. In the end, Wyoming's play was just too tough as they would win the game 30-23 and the match 3-0.

The Cowgirls will close out the weekend on Sunday, Oct. 1, as they host the Colorado State Rams at 2:00 p.m. The match will be taped delayed on the Mtn. Sports Network on Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m.