Cowgirl Volleyball Swept in Home Opener by Cougars

Sept. 28, 2007


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The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball team (6-6 overall, 1-3 in the MWC) fell in three games (28-30, 29-31, 21-30) against the 23rd ranked BYU Cougars (9-4, 2-2 in the MWC) on Friday night in Laramie.

"I thought especially in game two when we were up 25-20, we made a couple of bad decisions," said UW head coach Pat Stangle. "Unfortunately it turned the tide and from that point on we got a little inconsistent. We made a lot of mental errors and we haven't done that this season."

Two Cowgirls finished the night in double-figures led by senior Angie Hellbaum. She finished with 13 kills and five digs. Rachel Smith followed with 12 kills, while Lauren Scott added eight. Libero Carissa Lee finished with a team high 17 digs. Wyoming hit .177 (46-24-124) for the match.

BYU was led by Erica Lott who record a team high 13 kills, along with six digs. Chelsea Goodman added 12 kills followed by Rachel Dyer with 11. As a team, the Cougars hit .315 (49-15-108) and out blocked the Cowgirls 11-5.

Wyoming took an early 4-1 lead to begin game one, which was answered with a 5-1 run by the Cougars to go up by one, 6-5. The Cowgirls scored the next five of seven to regain a 10-8 advantage. BYU responded with a 6-2 run of their own to go back up by two, 14-12, and then the two teams traded points back and forth. With it all tied up at 19 all, the Cougars went on a 6-3 run to go up three, 25-22. The Cowgirls battled back and pulled to within one, 27-26 unfortunately BYU scored the final three of five points to win the game 30-28.

In game two, the Cowgirls once again took a 5-3 advantage, but BYU tied it up at six all. Wyoming responded with five straight points to make it 11-6. The Cougars scored the next two points, but the Cowgirls answered with the next seven of ten points to extend the lead to 17-11. BYU responded again with a 5-2 run to pull within three, 19-16. This time Wyoming kept their composure and regained a five point lead, 25-20, unfortunately BYU had some other ideas and scored five straight to even it up at 25 all. The Cowgirls scored the next two, but the Cougars gained game point at 29-28. Wyoming held off two of those but fell 31-29.

BYU jumped out in game three by a score of 6-1. The Cowgirls responded with a 5-1 run to pull within one, 7-6, unfortunately the Cougars answered with a 12-3 scoring run to extend their lead to double-figures, 19-9. In the end the Cowgirls couldn't forge a come back as they fell 30-21 in the game and 3-0 in the match.

Wyoming will close out the weekend tomorrow night against the Utah Utes beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the UniWyo Sports Complex.