Oct. 8, 2005
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl volleyball team (5-9 overall, 0-5 in the MWC) fell in three games (22-30, 22-30, 29-31) to the nationally ranked BYU Cougars (13-0 overall, 6-0 in the MWC) on Saturday night in Laramie.
Two Cowgirls finished the night in double-digits, including freshman Kelsey Loop. She recorded 11 kills, while hitting .400 (11-3-20) on the evening, followed by Rachel Smith with 13 kills and six digs. As a team, Wyoming hit .219 (39-16-105) and recorded five total team blocks.
BYU was led by Erica Lott, who had 16 kills and hit .379 (16-5-29). Chelsea Goodman had 13 kills, while Janvier Beaumont had ten digs. The Cougars hit .354 (58-18-113) and had 6.5 total team blocks.
"We played better tonight," said head coach Pat Stangle. "We did some things that we've been doing in practice and finally transferred a little of that over to the match. The thing we can't be satisfied with is playing good enough to play we need to play good enough to win. BYU is the best team we've played all year. They're a top caliber team, very poised and they make very few errors."
The Cowgirls jumped out and gained an early 5-3 advantage which was answered with a BYU 5-1 scoring run as they went up 8-6. UW rallied back with three of the next four points to tie it up at nine unfortunately the Cougars scored the next 9 of 12 to make the score 18-12. Down by seven, 21-14, the Cowgirls made one more push with a 6-3 run to pull within four, but BYU closed out the game scoring six of the last eight points to win game one, 30-22.
In the second game, Wyoming hung in there as they went up 7-4. BYU pulled to within one, but the Cowgirls continued to maintain a two or three point advantage. Down 11-9, the Cougars went on a 7-3 scoring run to take their first lead of the game, 16-14. UW tied it up at 16, which was quickly answered by BYU who scored seven of the next nine to go up five, 23-18. Wyoming pulled to within three, but it wouldn't be enough as the Cougars closed out the game on a 7-2 run to take it 30-22 and a 2-0 lead in the match.
Once again, the Cowgirls took the lead 9-4 to game three, but a 9-4 run by the Cougars evened things up at 13 all. After Wyoming scored a point, BYU would score five unanswered to go up 18-14. The two teams played pretty evenly until the Cowgirls made a run to pull within one, 21-20, unfortunately, the Cougars came back scoring the next 7 of 11 to go back up 28-24. Wyoming tried one more comeback scoring three straight to again pull within one, 28-27, and even held off two game points to tie it up at 29. In the end, BYU was too much and scored the final two points to take the game 31-29 and the match, 3-0.
The Cowgirls will continue conference play on the road as they travel to Ft. Worth, Texas to face the TCU Horned Frogs, on Tuesday night, beginning at 6:00 p.m. MT.