Cowgirl Volleyball Falls in Three to Rebels

Oct. 4, 2007

LAS VEGAS, Nev. -

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The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball team (6-8 overall, 1-5 in the MWC) fell in three straight games (26-30, 17-30, 13-30) against the UNLV Rebels (12-3, 3-2 in the MWC) on Thursday night in Las Vegas.

"We really struggled as a team tonight," said head coach Pat Stangle. "UNLV is a good team and really exposed a lot of our weaknesses tonight."

Angie Hellbaum led the way for the Cowgirls with 11 kills and nine digs, while hitting .219 (11-4-32). Rachel Smith followed with nine kills and seven digs as Lauren Scott added six kills. Wyoming hit just .119 (39-23-135) for the match.

The Rebels were led by Jessica Walters with 13 kills along with a .476 (13-3-210 hitting percentage. Lauren Miramontes recorded 11 kills, seven digs and a .526 (11-1-19) hitting percentage. Erin Greenwood added nine kills followed by Maria Aladjova with eight. UNLV hit .351 (52-12-114) for the match and out blocked the Cowgirls ten to three.

The Cowgirls jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the early going of game one. They continued to maintain a two or three point lead until a 5-2 run by the Rebels evened it up at ten all. Wyoming scored the next point to go back up but UNLV scored the next two straight to take a 12-11 lead. Over the next several points each team traded points until the Rebels gained a 17-15 advantage. The Cowgirls evened it up at 18 unfortunately UNLV scored seven of eleven to make it a four point game, 25-21. Despite playing even the rest of the way, Wyoming came up short 30-26.

It was fairly even in the second game until the Rebels took a three point lead 7-4. They would extend their lead to nine points, 16-7, with a 9-3 scoring run. The Cowgirls scored the next three straight points to make it 16-10, unfortunately UNLV scored five of the next six to go up by ten, 21-11. The game was never really close as the Cowgirls were outscored 9-6 the remainder of the way as the Rebels took the game 30-17.

The third game was dominated by the Rebels as they went up by a score of 9-2. After the Cowgirls scored a couple of points UNLV took over the game going on a 12-4 run to open up the lead 23-8. It didn't fair much better the rest of the way for Wyoming as the Rebels ran away with the game 30-13 and the match 3-0.

Wyoming will be back in action against the San Diego State Aztecs, on Saturday, Oct. 6, in San Diego, Calif. The match is slated to begin at 3 p.m. MT.