Volleyball Falls In Three To New Mexico

Oct. 6, 2000

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

* WYOMING at NEW MEXICO - New Mexico 3-0 - Box Score

Despite a well fought match, theCowgirls were defeated by the New Mexico Lobos on Friday night inAlbuquerque.

It was a game of runs to begin the match. The Cowgirls took the early4-0 lead, and seemed to gain some momentum. New Mexico had an answerwith five points of their own. Up 11-7, the Cowgirls would not scoreanother point as the Lobos would run off eight straight unanswered totake the game 15-11. Game two once again saw the Cowgirls take an early6-2 lead. But they were unable to hold, with New Mexico taking advantageof several mistakes and a 9-7 advantage. A nine all tie was all theywould be able to manage falling 12-15 in the game and 0-2 in the match.Despite scoring points early in game three, Wyoming fell behind 5-8. Butgreat serving by Barbie Bragg got the Cowgirls back into the game witheight unanswered, and a 10-8 advantage. Unfortunately, a 7-1 run wouldput the match away for the Lobos. They would take the game 15-11 and thematch 3-0.

"This was a really disappointing performance," said head coach SusanJudge. "I felt like we had more talent than we used tonight. Our teamchemistry can't seem to get on the same page, which destroys anymomentum we build in good rallies. I think our middles had a prettysuccessful night, despite the odds. I also have to give Melissa Robinettsome credit for coming in and playing a position that she doesn't havemuch experience at. All we can do is regroup, and hopefully have abetter performance against Air Force."

Middle blocker Ericka Sansoni led the way for New Mexico with ten killsand 18 digs.

On the night, Wyoming finished the night off hitting only .105(42-27-143) and with eight total team blocks. Senior Melody Friehaufnotched 13 kills, three block solos and four block assists.

The Cowgirls are now 6-13 overall and 0-4 in the conference. They willface the Air Force Falcons tomorrow night at 7:00 p.m. in ColoradoSprings.