October 6, 1998
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Cowgirls went 3-0 over the weekend as they hosted Rice and Tulsa in their conference openers, and defeated Utah State in a non-conference match.
In the first match of the weekend the Cowgirls faced the Rice Owls. The Cowgirls dominated the Owls, both offensively and defensively, throughout the match. The Cowgirls hit .400 for the match with 55 kills and only 11 hitting errors on offense, and defensively ended the match with 15 team blocks. Senior Jami Laya led the way on offense with 13 kills and a .476 hitting percentage. Sophomore Melody Friehauf recorded 12 kills and hit .524, and junior Jessica Zehr tallied 11 kills and hit a team high .526. Defensively, Friehauf led the way with nine blocks. Sophomore Marci Hammack came off the bench and had a team high 14 digs. Wyoming defeated Rice in three games by the scores of 15-6 15-4 and 15-6.
In the second match of the weekend the Cowgirls hosted the Tulsa Golden Hurricane. The Cowgirls held Tulsa to 34 kills and a .126 hitting percentage. Offensively, the Cowgirls hit .304 for the match with 63 kills. Wyoming was led by seniors Jami Laya, who had 17 kills and 11 digs, Anne Stohrer added 12 kills and had eight digs. Sophomore Melody Friehauf also recorded 12 kills, and a team leading six blocks. Wyoming would take the match in three games, 15-7, 15-7 and 15-5.
In their third match in four days the Cowgirls took on the Utah State Aggies. In game one, the score was pretty even throughout. with the score tied at 7-7, the Cowgirls went on an 8-4 run to take the first game 15-11. Wyoming jumped out to an early lead in game two and would never relinquish it. Utah State would make a comeback, down 12-5 they would go on a 5-2 run, but it wasn't enough as the Cowgirls would take the game 15-10. Wyoming dominated the Aggies in game three by jumping out to a 9-1 lead. The Cowgirls would only allow the Aggies to score two more points in the game to take it 15-3 and the match 3-0. The Cowgirls are now 7-8 overall and 2-0 in the conference.