Cowgirls Fall Short Against Aztecs

Sept. 30, 2001

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

*San Diego State def. Wyoming 3-1 - Box Score

The Wyoming Cowgirl VolleyballTeam (6-4 overall, 1-1 MWC) closed out the weekend with a four game loss(24-30, 18-30, 30-24) to the San Diego State Aztecs (9-3 overall, 3-1MWC), on Sunday afternoon, in San Diego.

The Cowgirls opened the first game with an early 4-1 lead, but theAztecs came back to tie it at four all. It would stay close throughoutwith no team really taking control. With the score tied at 14-14, SanDiego State would go on a 6-2 run to take the lead and eventually thegame, 30-24.

Game two saw the Cowgirls struggle as they fell behind early, 11-4. Thelargest lead for the Aztecs was 12 points as they took the second game,30-18, and a 2-0 lead in the match.

Wyoming responded in the third game by taking the lead, 7-3, at thebeginning of the game. They would extend that margin to 18-14 andeventually 30-24 to take the game.

The fourth game was never close as the Aztecs disposed of the Cowgirls bywinning the game,30-21, and the match 3-1.

San Diego State was led by Katie Magnuson, who led the way with 18kills and eleven digs. Zlatina Anguelova and Nicole Akporiaye alsonotched double-figures in kills to help the Aztecs to victory. As ateam, they hit .287 (65-36-136) and outblocked the Cowgirls 10-4.

Senior Rachel Lau was the highlight for the Cowgirls leading the waywith 15 kills, one block assist and hitting .242 for the match. Wyomingstruggled hitting .165 (50-28-133) on the afternoon, along with onlyfour blocks.

"I am very disappointed with our overall effort today," said head coachSusan Steadman. "The 2001 season has been exciting for us because of onemajor element -- our team effort. That was lacking in our performancetoday. Most of the team was able to rally back in games three and four,however, it just isn't going to be enough if we don't do it together. Ithought Rachel Lau gave a nice effort, but coming off the great win inVegas, I am extremely surprise we weren't more prepared for San DiegoState. Hopefully, we will learn from today and realize we can dospectacular things when we all show up to play as a team, and that wewill struggle with when we play as individuals."

Wyoming runs their record to 6-4 overall and 1-1 in the Mountain WestConference. They will host conference rivals Brigham Young and Utah nextweekend.