Cowgirl Volleyball Downs New Mexico

Oct. 11, 2002

at New Mexico W 3-1

Albuquerque, N.M. - The Wyoming Cowgirl VolleyballTeam (16-4 overall, 2-3 MWC) rebounded from an earlier loss in the weekwith a four game victory over the New Mexico Lobos (6-11 overall, 1-3MWC), on Friday night in Albuquerque.

Wyoming opened up the match strong by taking an early 7-2 lead, but NewMexico fought back to close the gap to one point. With the score tied at12 all, the Lobos would score the next two points to take their firstlead of the game 14-12. It was short lived as the Cowgirls would go on a7-2 run to go up 19-16. UW increased their lead to 26-21, the largest ofthe game, but UNM evened it up at 26 all. Scoring the next four of sixpoints, Wyoming won the game 30-28.

It was a trading points game for both teams in the early going of gametwo. After an 8-2 run, the Cowgirls would take a 17-11 lead, but NewMexico battled back to tie the game at 24 and scored the next fourunanswered to go up by four points. UW not only fought back to tie thescore, but won the game 31-29 to take a 2-0 lead in the match.

New Mexico was the first team to take a significant lead in game threeby going up 12-8, and despite several runs by the Cowgirls theycontinued to maintain an advantage. With the Lobos up 19-13, theCowgirls stormed back going on a 9-3 run to tie the game up at 22 all.It would go back and forth, until New Mexico pulled it out a 30-27 win.

The early advantage went to the Cowgirls to start of the fourth game,10-5, which they maintained. A very scrappy New Mexico team continued tobattle and took the lead 14-13, but Wyoming answered right back with a7-2 run to regain the lead 20-16. Despite a great effort by the Lobos,UW would win the game 30-27 and the match 3-1.

"It was definitely a win we needed to get our confidence back andheaded into the right direction," said head coach Jim Barnes. "We hadgood leadership from Sara Maytorena and Michele Rauter tonight. Theyboth did a good job leading the team and played very well, especiallyMichele who had a tremendous match. If we play the kind of defense wedid tonight, we'll be able to compete with most teams."

Three Cowgirls hit in double-figures on the night, including junioroutside hitter Michele Rauter. She finished with 21 kills, a season high23 digs and a .410 (21-5-39) hitting percentage. Sara Maytorena alsofinished with 21 kills, along with freshman Lindsey Roebken, who had acareer high 12 kills. As a team, UW hit .202 (72-34-188).

The Cowgirls now head home for conference play next weekend inLaramie. They will host the nationally ranked Utah Utes, on Fridaynight, and the Brigham Young Cougars, on Saturday night. Both matchesare at 7:00 p.m. in the MPG.