Cowgirls Sweep Bears

Oct. 9, 2007

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball team (8-8 overall, 2-5 in the MWC) continued their modest two-game winning streak with a three game victory (30-27, 30-15, 30-24) against the Northern Colorado Bears (5-15, 3-4 in the Big Sky) on Tuesday night in Laramie.

"This was a good win for us," said UW head coach Pat Stangle. "If you look at their record, they have played some of the same teams as us and have been very competitive. This was probably one of the best defensive matches of the season for us and that kept them off balance. Overall, it was nice to get another win under our belts."

Two Cowgirls finished the night with double-figures led by senior Rachel Smith. She recorded a team high 15 kills, along with two service aces and two total team blocks. Outside hitter Angie Hellbaum added 11 kills and nine digs, while Lauren Whitney followed with eight kills. Libero Carissa Lee led the way with 19 digs. Wyoming hit .192 (46-23-120) for the match and outblocked the Bears 7-5.

Northern Colorado was led by Dulcie Stone with nine kills, while Taylor Smith and Allison Raguse each recorded seven kills. Abby Mayne led the way in digs with 12 for UNC. They would hit .034 (30-26-119) for the match.

Both teams traded points back and forth in the early going of game one until the Cowgirls went on an 8-1 scoring run to go up 14-7. Northern Colorado responded with five straight points to pull within two, 14-12. Wyoming regained a five point lead, 18-13, and then the two teams played pretty evenly. The Bears battled back and made it a one point game, 27-26, but the Cowgirls scored the final three of four points to win the game 30-27.

It was all Wyoming in the beginning of game two as they opened up an 11-4 lead. The Bears scored the next couple of points, but Wyoming ran off ten of the next thirteen points to go up double-figures, 21-9. Northern Colorado managed to pull within nine, and that would be close as they would get. The Cowgirls would win the second game 30-15 to take a 2-0 lead in the match.

Game three started off very similar for the Cowgirls as they jumped out to a 12-4 advantage. The Bears answered with a 10-4 run to pull within two, 16-14. Wyoming kept their composure to score the next seven of ten to go back up 23-17. A determined UNC team wouldn't go away and made it a 26-22 contest, but the Cowgirls allowed them to only score two more points to win the game 30-24 and the match 3-0.

The Cowgirls will continue play at home on Saturday, Oct. 13 against the 23rd ranked Colorado State Rams. The match is set to begin at 7 p.m. in the UniWyo Sports Complex.