Cowgirls Earn First Conference Victory Of The Season

Oct. 3, 2003

Box Score

Laramie, Wyo. - For only the third time in the series history, the Cowgirl Volleyball team (11-6, 1-2 in the MWC) defeated the San Diego State Aztecs (9-7, 1-1 in the MWC) in three games (30-19, 31-29, 30-28) on Friday night in Laramie.

The Cowgirls started off the match strong by taking an 11-3 lead which included a 7-1 run. Wyoming remained aggressive on the offensive end as they didn't allow the Aztecs to pull any closer than six points the entire game. In fact, they would win by an 11-point margin to take game one, 30-19.

It was extremely close as the two teams traded points in the early going of game two. San Diego State took the first significant lead 10-8, but an 8-4 run from the Cowgirls gave them a two-point advantage, 16-14. The Aztecs quickly tied it up and scored the next nine of fifteen points to seemingly take control of the game, 25-22. Wyoming hung tough fighting their way back and holding off two game points by SDSU to eventually tie it up at 29 all and then on to the 31-29 win.

Game three started off very similar to the second as each team battled back and forth for the lead. With it all tied up at seven all, the Cowgirls scored a couple of points to open up a 10-7 lead, but San Diego State answered with a 5-2 run to even things up again at 12. Wyoming quickly took back the lead unfortunately the Aztecs wouldn't go away as they continued to hang around. Finally, the Cowgirls would hold off an SDSU rally to win the third game 30-28 and the match 3-0.

"We were very consistent on offense tonight," said head coach Jim Barnes. "San Diego State isn't a strong serving team, but a good blocking team, so they like to serve it in and try to block you. I thought it was a pretty good match-up, because when we pass well we have a good offense and that was the case tonight."

Three Cowgirls finished with double-figures, including junior middle blocker Jill Roslund. She finished the night with 15 kills, six block assists and a season high .650 (15-2-20) hitting percentage. Senior Michele Rauter and opposite hitter Sara Maytorena recorded 17 and 13 kills respectively. Maytorena also hit .579 (13-2-19) for the match, while Rauter finished with a .516 (17-1-31) hitting percentage. As a team, the Cowgirls hit a season high .396 (61-17-111), while outblocking the Aztecs ten to four.

San Diego State was led by Aspen McPartland, who finished with a team high 14 kills and a .455 (14-4-22) hitting percentage.

Wyoming will continue conference play at home tomorrow night against the UNLV Rebels, at 7:00 p.m., in the MPG.