Oct. 9, 2008
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
In their opening match of the week, the Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball team (3-11 overall, 2-3 in the MWC) fell in three sets (20-25, 20-25, 13-25) against the New Mexico Lobos (14-3 overall, 4-2 in the MWC) on Thursday night in Laramie.
"I really felt our team questioned tonight whether they could play with New Mexico," said UW head coach Carrie Yerty. "It doesn't matter who is on the other side of the net, it's what you bring to the court every night. I think our team is at a point that we are going to move forward or sit back. I'm excited to see what happens on Saturday, because we are training hard every day and we are coming in with good attitudes and good leadership. We need to play every team point for point, and not from behind. We are going to be okay."
Wyoming was led by sophomore outside hitter Dani Bedore who recorded 11 kills, five digs and hit .231 (11-5-26) for the match. She was followed by Lauren Whitney with nine kills, while Jenna Arneson added eight. Senior Samantha Eley recorded a team high six digs, while Tasha Weishahn finished with 29 assists. The Cowgirls hit .153 (36-21-98) for the match and had five total team blocks.
The Lobos where led by Jeanne Fairchild with 14 kills, two block assists and a .444 (14-2-27) hitting percentage. Anna Lehne added nine kills and six blocks assists. Libero Gayle Tripp recorded a match high ten digs. UNM hit .349 (39-10-83) for the match.
It was close in the early going of the first set until five straight points by New Mexico put them up six, 9-3. The Cowgirls answered by scoring five of the next eight to pull within four, 12-8. This time, the Lobos responded with a 6-2 run to extend their advantage back to eight, 18-10. Wyoming tried to make a dent in that lead with a 6-2 run of their own make it a five point contest, 21-6. Unfortunately, UNM scored three of the next four points to earn set point, 24-16. The Cowgirls held off four set points, but fell short in their comeback, 25-20.
In set two, UNM jumped out to a 7-3 lead, which was answered with a 4-2 run by the Cowgirls to pull within two, 9-7. The Lobos answered with seven of the next ten to extend their lead back to six, 16-10. Wyoming inched their way back in to making it a three point set, 23-20. That would be as close as they would get with New Mexico scoring the final two points to win the set 25-20 to take a 2-0 lead in the match.
The Lobos stormed out to a 10-3 advantage to begin the third set, but the Cowgirls responded by scoring seven of nine to make it a two point set, 12-10. New Mexico had an answer with a 7-2 run to extend that lead back to seven, 19-12. It was never close as Wyoming was held to just one point the remainder of the way with the Lobos winning the set, 25-13 and the match 3-0.
Wyoming will close out their weekend at home against the TCU Frogs, on Saturday, Oct. 11, beginning at 7 p.m. in the UniWyo Sports Complex.