Oct. 9, 2001
Denver, Colo. -- The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Team(6-7 overall, 1-3 in the MWC) opened up their week with a non-conferenceloss to the the Denver Pioneers (7-8 overall, 2-3 in the Sunbelt) onTuesday night, 3-2. Despite being up 2-0 in the match, (30-22 and30-27), they would fall in three consecutive, 28-30, 26-30 and 10-15.
The Cowgirls would take an early 7-3 lead to begin game one, but Denverquickly came back to narrow the gap to 7-6. Wyoming would maintain anadvantage, despite the Pioneers staying close behind. With the score at19-11, the Cowgirls took control and closed out the game, 30-22.
Game two started out very similar to the first with the Cowgirls takingthe early lead, 6-1, and Denver coming back and hanging around. DespiteDU tieing the game at 26-26, Wyoming would take the game 30-27 and a 2-0lead in the match.
Denver came out fired up in the third game holding a lead throughoutincluding their largest of four points. With the scored tied at 25-25,the Pioneers took a two point lead and would go onto win the game 30-28.
Wyoming seemed to regain some of their intensity in the fourth going up5-2, but like in previous times in the match Denver would come back. ThePioneers would go on an 8-4 run to take the 20-15 lead and to control ofthe game winning 30-26.
In the fifth and deciding game, the Cowgirls went ahead 6-2 and seemedto be in a grove, unfortunately the Pioneers had an answer taking thelead 8-7. It was back and forth until the scored tied at nine when DUwould go on a 6-1 run to win the game 15-10 and the match 3-2.
Freshman Sara Maytorena had a career night with 17 kills, along withhitting .233 (17-7-43) and finishing with ten digs. Despite outhittingthe Pioneers .158 to .137, the Cowgirls were outblocked 10-12.
"There is no doubt Denver outworked us, and wanted the match much morethan we did," said Susan Steadman. "I am extremely disappointed in oureffort both physically and mentally. We have consistently performed at ahigh level all season, and we did not seize the opportunity to winanother match tonight. We have relied on specific individuals throughoutthe season, and they did not show up tonight. The next two practices arecrucial in rebounding for Air Force and New Mexico."
The Cowgirls will now travel to play Air Force, on Friday night, at5:00 p.m., and then New Mexico, on Saturday night, at 7:00 p.m.