Cowgirl Volleyball Sweeps Rebels

Oct. 4, 2002

vs. UNLV W 3-0

Laramie, Wyo. - A huge crowd of 1,382 watched theWyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Team (15-2, 1-1 MWC) open up the weekend witha three game sweep (30-25, 30-24, 30-22) over the UNLV Rebels (4-12, 0-3MWC) on Friday night in Laramie. With this victory, their winningstreak now stands at 11 straight.

The two teams would battle for position in the early going of game one,before the Cowgirls took a 10-7 lead. They continued to build on thatmargin going up by as many as seven points. The Rebels were never closeand the Cowgirls took the game 30-25.

In game two, the scoring went back and forth with no team gaining areal advantage. With the score tied up at 17, the Cowgirls went up byone and never relinquished their lead, as they outscored UNLV 13-7 totake game two 30-24 and a 2-0 lead in the match.

Wyoming wrapped up the match dominating UNLV. The Rebels tried to keepit close in the beginning of the game, but the Cowgirls shut them downin every area. They went on the win the game 30-22 and the match inthree.

"We came out and really executed," said head coach Jim Barnes. "Wetalked about playing consistently throughout the match, and I felt thatUNLV was an inconsistent team, but still very dangerous. We've had somematches were it has been a good team effort, but tonight every singleperson played well and was ready when the opportunity came. It was agreat team effort with consistent play team effort and we kept ourfocus."

The Cowgirls were led by junior outside hitter Michele Rauter, whofinished with a team high 13 kills, seven digs, one block solo and twoblock assists. Sara Maytorena finished the night with a career highseven block assists, while adding eight kills and a .353 hittingpercentage. Wyoming out hit the Rebels .365 (47-12-96) to .112(41-29-107), along with 12 total team blocks compared to two by theRebels.

San Diego State will make their way into town tomorrow for a showdownwith the Cowgirls. The match will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the MPG.