Cowgirls Take Ranked Cougars to Five, But Fall

Oct. 12, 2006


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The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball team (8-9 overall, 2-5 in the MWC) had an impressive showing, but lost a five game heartbreaker (30-27, 18-30, 24-30, 30-23, 11-15) against the 19th ranked BYU Cougars (16-2 overall, 7-1 in the MWC) on Thursday night in Laramie.

Three Cowgirls finished the match in double-figures including senior Andrea Seele. She recorded a season high 18 kills, tied her career high in total blocks with nine and hit .286 (18-8-35) for the match. Junior Angie Hellbaum followed with a career high 17 kills and seven block assists, while Rachel Smith finished her night with 13 kills, three digs and four block assists. Samantha Eley led the way with 17 digs. Carissa Lee and Annie Meyers both had 11 digs and Tasha Weishahn had ten digs and 49 assists. As a team, Wyoming hit .146 (66-39-185) and recorded 56 digs and 17.5 total team blocks.

Kim Sorensen finished with a match high 22 kills and nine blocks for the Cougars. Erica Lott followed with 20 kills and Chelsea Goodman had 18. Lott also recorded 14 block assists as did Lindsy Hartsock. BYU hit .202 (73-37-178) and had 30.5 total team blocks for the match.

"The fifth game is a short game and if you string together a couple of points it makes a big difference and that's what BYU did," said head coach Pat Stangle. "Overall, I thought the struggles we've been having really seemed to go away tonight. After game two, I still felt like we were in it. The mood of the team and the atmosphere in the locker room was different. It's a credit to our team, they keep working on things and we'll have a breakout one of these matches."

The Cowgirls jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in game one, which BYU quickly came back with four straight to take a 4-3 lead. Wyoming scored 8 of 13 to regain a two point advantage, 11-9. The Cougars answered with a 6-1 run to take the lead 15-12, but Wyoming battled back with four of five points to tie it up at 16. The two teams traded points back and forth until the Cowgirls, with the score tied at 22 all, went on a 5-0 run to go up 27-22. The Cougars had other ideas as they pulled to within one, 27-26. Wyoming kept their composure and held on to win the first game 30-27.

BYU took an early 4-1 to begin the second game. Wyoming pulled to within one, 4-3, but the Cougars scored the next three of four to make it 7-4. UW again made it a one point game, 9-8, which four straight points by BYU put them up 12-8. Wyoming wouldn't go away as they scored four of seven to even it up at 15. That would be as close as the Cowgirls would get as the Cougars out scored them 15-3 the remainder of the way to win the game 30-18.

The Cougars completely dominated the third game as they opened up an 18-3 lead. Wyoming battled back with an 11-6 run to pull within ten, 24-14, and they weren't finished. They scored the next 8 of 11 to make it 27-22. Unfortunately, Wyoming came up short in the end 30-24 to give BYU a 2-1 lead in the match.

In game four, Wyoming took an early 5-2 advantage, but BYU responded by scoring 9 of 12 to take an 11-8 lead. The Cowgirls answered right back with a 6-3 scoring run to tie it up at 14 and eventual took the lead 18-16. BYU tied it up at 18, but the Cowgirls came right back with a 9-2 run to open up a 27-20 advantage. Despite the effort of the Cougars, Wyoming held on to win 30-23 to even up the match and force a fifth game.

BYU took the lead in game five, 6-3, but the Cowgirls pulled to within one 7-6. The Cougars would score the next point to make it 8-6 at the change over. Wyoming kept it close, but with the score 11-10 in favor of the Cougars, they would score the final four of five to win the game 15-11 and the match 3-2.

The Cowgirls will close out the weekend against the 12th ranked Utah Utes, on Saturday, Oct. 14. The match is scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m., and admission is free if you present your Wyoming vs. Utah football ticket stub.