Oct. 12, 2004
Laramie, Wyo. -- It took the Cowgirl volleyball team five games (30-21, 28-30, 33-31, 25-30, 15-10) to defeat the South Dakota State Jackrabbits (9-10 overall) on Tuesday night in Laramie. The Cowgirls improve to 9-8 overall.
The teams traded points back and forth with neither team taking a significant lead. The Cowgirls finally broke out with a 13-4 run to go up by nine points, 20-11. SDSU scored the next five of eight points, but it would be enough as UW took the game 30-21.
Game two started out very similar with the teams staying within a point or two of each other. The Jackrabbits made a small run to go up by two,18-16, but the Cowgirls quickly evened it up at 19. Wyoming seemed to gain some momentum by scoring the next six of nine to take a three point lead. Unfortunately, SDSU would go on an 8-3 run to win the game 30-28.
The Cowgirls came out and took a very early 7-3 lead and maintained an advantage until South Dakota State tied it up at 13. Momentum seemed to shift toward the Jackrabbits as they opened up a four point lead, but UW fought back with an 8-3 run to go up 24-23. After that it was a dogfight until the Cowgirls finally pulled out the 33-31 win.
SDSU went out front, 6-2, to begin game four. The Cowgirls pulled to within one, but the Jackrabbits went on a 6-3 run to go up 12-8. Wyoming crawled back in it by scoring the next eight of 12 to tie it up at 16, unfortunately SDSU answered with a 12-7 run to go up 28-23. UW managed to make the score 28-25, but it wasn't enough as South Dakota State won the game 30-25 to force a fifth and deciding game.
Wyoming led from the beginning to the end of game five despite the Jackrabbits aggressive play. In the end, the Cowgirls would come out on top 15-10 and take the match 3-2.
Four of the Cowgirls six starters finished the night in double-figures, including senior Sara Maytorena. She had a team leading 23 kills, while recording 15 digs and a .328 (23-4-58) hitting percentage. Freshman Rachel Smith had 18 kills, followed by Lauren Scott with a career high 17 kills, and Shelby Heggie with ten kills. Two seniors also had career high nights. Setter Amy Doman finished with a career high 71 assists, and in only her second match of the season Jill Roslund recorded a career high 21 digs. As a team, Wyoming hit .307 (81-22-192) compared to .277 (79-28-184) by the Jackrabbits.
"We came out on fire in game one, didn't play well in game two, which is a characteristic of this team," said head coach Pat Stangle. "Game three, we were down and fought back to win it and the fifth game we finally put it together. It would be easy for this team at times when they get down to quit, but we seem to get back to the fundamentals and put it together. Right now, we're still learning to play solid all of the time, and it's obvious it is not happening all of the time.
"We really had the opportunity to work on some things tonight," he added. "I thought Jill (Roslund) came back and played the libero position as a middle hitter, and seemed to make a difference tonight."
The Cowgirls will resume Mountain West Conference play this weekend as they host the BYU Cougars, on Friday night, and the Utah Utes, on Saturday night. Both matches are set to begin at 7:00 p.m.