Wyoming Volleyball Falls in Four to Utah

Oct. 7, 2005

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The Wyoming Cowgirl volleyball team (5-8 overall, 0-4 in the MWC) lost in four games (25-30, 31-29, 21-30, 19-30) against the Utah Utes (11-5 overall, 3-2 in the MWC) on Friday night in Laramie.

Three Cowgirls finished the night in double-figures in both kills and digs. Rachel Smith led the way with 14 kills and 14 digs. She was followed by Lauren Scott and Andrea Seele with ten kills each. Samantha Eley recorded 12 digs, while Carissa Lee had ten. As a team, Wyoming struggled hitting only .063 (54-43-175) for the match compared to .215 (61-27-158). They were also out blocked 15-7 by the Utes.

"We talked about battling back tonight, and a lot of times when we have scoring streaks against us it's because we're not working together as a team," said head coach Pat Stangle. "We're not old enough, big enough and physical enough to not play the right way and come away with wins in matches like this. We need to be six people playing together on the court and it sometimes turns in to six individuals. I feel like we can compete with teams like CSU and Utah tonight, but it still runs in streaks and we need to be more consistent."

The Cowgirls started out early by taking a 4-2 lead, which was answered by three straight by Utah as they took their first lead of the game, 5-4. Wyoming answered with a 9-2 scoring run as they went up by six, 13-7, but the Utes responded with a 10-3 run of their own to go up by one, 17-16. The two teams traded points back and forth until Utah, with the scored tied at 22 all, ran off four straight and never looked back as they took game one, 30-25.

The Utes jumped out to the early 4-2 lead in the second game, but Wyoming responded with a 10-1 run to go up 12-5. The Cowgirls maintained a four to five point advantage through out despite a persistent Utah team. With the score 27-20 in favor of UW, the Utes made one final push and scored six straight to pull within one, 27-26, but Cowgirls would keep their composure and hold on to the 31-29 win.

After the Cowgirls went up 2-1, Utah went on a 12-2 scoring run to go up by nine points, 13-4. It wouldn't get better for Wyoming as Utah increased that lead to double-figures, 20-8. In fact, the closest they would get was seven points as the Utes would win the game 30-21 to take a 2-1 lead in the match.

It was close in the early going of the fourth game until a small run from Utah put them up by five, 10-5. The Cowgirls gained a little momentum by scoring the next six of nine to pull within two, 13-11, unfortunately the Utes quickly went back up by five, 19-14. Wyoming took one more shot and brought the score to within two, 19-17, but it was short lived as they were out scored 11-2 the remainder of the way. Utah would win the game, 30-19 and the match 3-1.

The Cowgirls will continue play at home by hosting the BYU Cougars on Saturday, Oct. 8. The match is set to begin at 7:00 p.m.