Cowgirls Close Out Weekend With A Five Game Victory

Oct. 13, 2001

*Wyoming def. New Mexico 3-2 - Box Score

Albuquerque, N.M. - In dramatic fashion, the WyomingCowgirl Volleyball Team (8-7, 3-3 in the MWC) would defeat the NewMexico Lobos (3-13, 1-6 in the MWC), 3-2 to sweep the weekend.

The Lobos jumped out early in game one by going on an 8-1 run to takethe 15-8 lead. Wyoming would close the margin to 16-18, but New Mexicowould score seven out of the next ten to go up 25-19. With the score at28-20, it looked the Lobos would run away with it, but the Cowgirlswould manage six points in a row closing the gap to two points. Itwouldn't be enough as the Lobos would take game one, 30-27.

The Cowgirls continued to look a little sluggish to begin the secondgame, despite staying point for point with the Lobos. Wyoming would gaina cushion of a couple of points, but New Mexico would always seem tohave an answer. With the score tied at 19-19, the Cowgirls would go on a5-1 run to build a 24-19 margin, but the Lobos closed the gap to onepoint. Finally, Wyoming would win the game 30-27 and tie up the matchone game apiece.

In game three, no team really seem to take control with the pointsgoing back and forth. The Lobos would finally take a lead at 23-19, butWyoming would go on a 4-1 run to close the gap to one. With the scoretied at 27-27, New Mexico would score the next three to win the game30-27.

The Cowgirls dominated the fourth game scoring the first 17 of 21points. But, New Mexico would make a small run of their own by scoringthe next 10 out of 12 points to make the score 19-15. They wouldcontinue their rally closing the gap to 22-21. Wyoming would go on a8-5 run to win the game 30-26 and force a fifth game.

In the fifth and deciding game, Wyoming jumped out to 8-4 lead. TheLobos would try to push the Cowgirls, but they would prevail 15-11 andwin the match 3-2.

The Cowgirls were led by sophomore Michele Rauter, who finished with ateam high 25 kills and 13 digs. Senior Rachel Lau also added 18 kills.As a team, they hit .378 (74-20-143), along with eight team blocks. Thisalso was the first conference road sweep since 1998, when the Cowgirlsswept SMU and TCU as a member of the Western Athletic Conference.

"I'm extremely thankful for this win on the road. I was pleased withthe way we attacked the ball as a team. The key for us to get better asa team is to reduce unforced errors, like missed serves and blockingerrors. Rachel had a steady performance and provided a necessary sparkin key plays."

Wyoming will be on the road next week with just a single match. Theywill travel to Ft. Collins to face the #8 ranked Colorado State Rams, at7:00 p.m., on Friday night.