Cowgirls Fall In Three to Brigham Young

Sept. 30, 2000

LARAMIE, Wyo. - BYU at WYOMING - BYU 3-0 - Box Score
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For the fifth match in a row, theWyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Team faced a Top 25 volleyball team. The 14thranked Brigham Young Cougars traveled to Laramie to face the Cowgirls onSaturday night.

The Cowgirls played a competitive first and second game to open up thematch, but a good Brigham Young team took the games 15-8 and 15-12. Adevastating blow game to the Cowgirls in the second game when seniorJamie Burke went down with a ankle injury and did not return to thematch. Wyoming struggled in the third game falling 15-3 and losing thematch 3-0.

"Overall, we were not defending ourselves at the net early, but thencame on later in the match," said head coach Susan Judge. "Also, we wereout of sync in the back row, which is really a discipline issue, and weneed to make sure we're taking of our responsibilities as individuals.Those are things that should not of happened. I think we picked it upand that was the difference in competing with Brigham Young, when wewere passing and defending well we looked like a team that could play ata high level. But it's too sporadic to win matches, and we've got topull it together."

"I think it was really tough to regroup after one of your best playersgets injured, especially when as a team we don't have a lot of depth inthat area. Jamie had really started to play like an upperclassman, andshe's someone we have come to rely on. I don't think we gave up as ateam, but there was definitely something missing."

Brigham Young was led by junior middle blocker Nina Puikkonen, whofinished with 13 kills and a .409 hitting percentage. The Cougars hit.243 for the match and finished with six total team blocks.

Senior Melody Friehauf had nine kills, two block solos and a .389hitting percentage. The Cowgirls struggled in the hitting departmentwith a .120 percentage for the match.

The Cowgirls are now 6-12 overall and 0-3 in the Mountain WestConference. They will continue conference play on the road next weekagainst New Mexico and Air Force.