Cowgirls Even Up Conference Record

Oct. 4, 2003

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Laramie, Wyoming (Oct. 4, 2003) --

The Wyoming Volleyball team improved their record to 12-6 overall and 2-2 in the Mountain West Conference after a three game victory (30-11, 30-14, 30-19) over the UNLV Rebels (6-8 overall, 0-3 in the MWC), on Saturday night, in Laramie.

After falling behind 2-1 in the first game, the Cowgirls scored eight straight points to open up a 9-3 lead. That margin would grow as Wyoming outscored the Rebels 12-3, which included a stretch of nine in a row, to increase the lead to 21-6. UNLV struggled as they only could manage to score five more points in the remainder of the game. The Cowgirls would win game one convincingly, 30-11.

Wyoming picked up where they left off in game two by taking a 9-4 lead. After the Rebels scored their fifth point, the Cowgirls went on a 10-1 run to widen their advantage, 19-6. UNLV scored a couple of points unfortunately it was all UW as they'd take the second game 30-14 and a 2-0 lead in the match.

The Rebels gained a little momentum by taking an 8-5 lead to begin game three, which was their first since game one, but the Cowgirls scored a couple of points to even it up. UNLV responded with two quick points, but a 12-4 run from UW gave them a six point lead, 20-14. It was all Cowgirls from that point as they closed out the match by scoring the final ten of fifteen points to win the game 30-19 and the match 3-0.

The Cowgirls were led by Michele Rauter and Sara Maytorena. Rauter tallied a team high 14 kills, while hitting .321 (14-5-28) for the match. Maytorena topped her season high from last night by hitting .588 (11-1-17) and chipping in 11 kills and nine digs. Middle blocker Jill Roslund led the team in hitting percentage, .600 (7-1-10) and blocks with five. As a team, Wyoming out hit and out blocked the Rebels by equaling their hitting percentage from last night, .396 (46-10-91) and out blocking UNLV ten to one.

"It was a tremendous weekend for us," said head coach Jim Barnes. "After losing our first two conference matches on the road, we responded with great practices all week and the intensity we had in practice carried over into these two matches. We set the tone and started strong in every game, and really put the teams on their heels and never let them come back. The kids did a tremendous job."

The Cowgirls will have a non-conference match-up on Monday night against the Creighton Bluejays, in Omaha, Neb., at 6:00 p.m. MT. They will continue conference play by hosting rival Colorado State, on Friday night, at 7:00 p.m. in Laramie.