Volleyball Takes Two on the Road From SMU and TCU

October 12, 1998

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The Cowgirls went 2-0 over the weekend, as they earned their first road wins on the season against the SMU Mustangs and the TCU Volleyfrogs.

The Cowgirls started off the weekend on a good note as they defeated SMU. Game one against the Mustangs saw the Cowgirls score the first six points unanswered. Behind a team combined 16 kills, a .324 hitting percentage and a 9-4 run, allowed the Cowgirls to take the first game 15-4. SMU came out fired up in game two as they would stay even with the Cowgirls and eventually would take the lead for most of the game. But down as many as five points the Cowgirls would come back to take the lead 13-12. SMU put up a good fight, but Wyoming would hold on 15-13. The Cowgirls looked like they were going to run away with the third game and the match as they jumped out to an early 6-0 lead. But SMU fought back, down 11-5, the Mustangs scored seven unanswered to take the lead 12-11. The Cowgirls kept their composure, and went on to take the game 15-13 and the match 3-0. Wyoming was led offensively by sophomore middle blocker Melody Friehauf, who had 12 kills and hit .435. Defensively, Friehuaf added a team high eight total blocks.

In their second match of the weekend the Cowgirls faced the TCU Volleyfrogs. The first game saw a very fired up TCU volleyball team, as they jumped all over the Cowgirls. The Volleyfrogs would take a 9-3 lead over the Cowgirls. Wyoming would make a comeback going on a 5-1 run to make the score 8-10, and eventually would take the 14-10 lead. But TCU would hold off the Cowgirls match points and take game one 16-14. Game two saw a different Wyoming team as the Cowgirls took the early lead and never looked back. Wyoming only allowed the Volleyfrogs to score four points in the second game, to take it 15-4. Game three was very similar to game one as TCU stayed close with the Cowgirls. The score went back and forth, with the score tied 10-10, Wyoming would score five unanswered to win 15-10. The fourth game and the match belonged to Wyoming as they outscored the Volleyfrogs 15-3 in game four to take the match 3-1. Wyoming was led by senior outside hitter Jami Laya, who tallied 20 kills, 11 digs and a .432 hiiting percentage. Sophomore middle blocker Jessica Zehr, also added 13 kills and a team high 16 digs. The Cowgirls are now 9-8 overall and 4-0 in the conference.

Next up the Wyoming Cowgirl volleyball team will play long time WAC rival Colorado State in the "Border War" on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. Both teams come into the weekend undefeated in the conference at 4-0.