Sept. 29, 2007
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball team (6-7 overall, 1-4 in the MWC) lost in four games (30-26, 30-32, 25-30, 30-32) against the Utah Utes (6-7, 3-2 in the MWC) on Saturday night in Laramie.
"We were in the match and had chances to win," said UW head coach Pat Stangle. "I would rather be in it and competitive with a chance to win than not. We have a few things we need to work on and get better at this week. Utah is a good team. They were in the Top 10 much of last season and have played several top teams this season, so they weren't going to come in and get rattled."
Three Cowgirls finished the night in double-figures led by senior Angie Hellbaum. She recorded 19 kills, 11 digs and hit .244 (19-9-41). Rachel Smith also had a double-double with 15 kills and 12 digs, while Lauren Scott added 11 kills. Wyoming hit .193 (67-33-176) and out blocked the Utes 11-10 for the match.
For the Utes, Kate Robison and Kathryn Haynie each finished with 15 kills, while Haynie added 13 digs. Lori Baird followed with 13 while Karolina Bartkowiak added 12. Utah hit .217 (64-28-166) for the match.
The scoring went back and forth in the early part of game one until Utah took a slight lead, 6-4. Wyoming came back with a 6-3 scoring run to take their first lead of the game, 10-9, which they increased to five points, 18-13. After the Utes scored a point, the Cowgirls scored the next seven of twelve to extend the lead to seven, 25-18. Utah battled back with a 6-1 scoring run to pull within two 26-24. UW kept their composure and came away with a 30-26 win.
Utah stormed out in game two by taking a commanding 10-1 lead. The Cowgirls responded with a 6-1 run to pull within four, 11-7, but three straight points by Utah make it a seven point game 14-7. The Cowgirls would score a couple of points and then Utah answered with a 6-3 run to extend the lead to double-figures 20-10. Wyoming wouldn't give up as they battled back to make it a four point game, 20-16. Unfortunately the Utes quickly extended it back to a six point game, 24-18, but once again Wyoming fought back and pulled even at 25. The Utes scored the next two points, but the Cowgirls scored four of the next five to earn game point at 29-28.
After Wyoming scored the first two points of game three, Utah responded with a 6-1 scoring run to go up 6-3. The Cowgirls answered back scoring the next six of ten to pull within one, 10-9. The Utes continued to maintain a small lead until five straight points game them a 21-14 advantage. Wyoming again responded by scoring five of seven to pull within four, 23-19. Unfortunately they couldn't' overcome the Utah deficit as they fell 30-25 in the game and 2-1 in the match.
Utah went up 3-1 to start off the fourth game, but Wyoming scored four straight to take a 5-3 lead. After the Utes tied it up at five all the two teams traded the next 12 points to make it an 11-11 game. Utah scored the next three points to gain a 14-11 advantage, but the Cowgirls evened it up and took a 17-16 lead. They also seemed to gain some momentum with an 8-5 run to go up 25-21. Utah battled back to tie it up at 26 all, but the Cowgirls responded with three unanswered to earn game point at 29-26. Unfortunately, the Utes rallied, and ran off six of the final seven points to win the game 32-30 and the match 3-1.
Wyoming will be back out on the road for two matches against UNLV, on Thursday, Oct. 4, and the San Diego State Aztecs, on Saturday, Oct. 6.