Wyoming Volleyball Loses Tough One To Utah Valley State

Oct. 14, 2005


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The Wyoming Cowgirl volleyball team (5-11 overall, 0-6 in the MWC) took a break from MWC play and hosted the Utah Valley State Wolverines (7-8 overall), on Friday night, in Laramie. After going up 2-0, the Cowgirls lost the final three games to fall in five (30-21, 31-29, 30-32, 26-30, 9-15) to the Wolverines who are now 8-8 overall.

"We were in the position to win this match tonight," said head coach Pat Stangle. "We were up 29-27 in the third game and didn't execute. That's what it's about executing and realizing that you don't give people second chances to come back. I give Utah Valley State credit they were down two games and they didn't give up. It's one of those things we learn from it, move on and get ready for Texas Tech."

Four Cowgirls finished the night with double-digits in kills, along with digs. Sophomore outside hitter Rachel Smith tallied a career high 27 kills, along with 16 digs and three block assists. Both Angie Hellbaum and Kelsey Loop recorded 13 kills, followed by Jessie Carlson who had a career high ten kills while hitting .316 (10-4-19) for the match. Libero Michelle Weydert had a career high 26 digs, followed by Samantha Eley and Carissa Lee with 14 each. Wyoming hit .177 976-38-215) for the match, while recording ten total team blocks.

Wyoming started off game one by taking an early 7-3 lead, which they would extend to 9-5. Utah Valley State battled their way back in it with a 7-4 run to pull within two, but the Cowgirls scored the next four of five to extend their lead to 17-12. With the score 20-15 in favor of UW, the Wolverines made another attempt to come back and brought the score within three. It wouldn't be enough as the Cowgirls out scored them 10-4 the remainder of the way to take the game 30-21.

In the second game, UVSC jumped out to an early 6-3 advantage. The Cowgirls rallied back with a 7-4 scoring run to even it up at ten all. The two teams traded points back and forth with neither one gaining a real advantage. With the score tied at 22, Wyoming went up by two but it was quickly evened up by the Wolverines. Finally after Utah Valley State held off two game points, the Cowgirls held on for the 31-29 win to take a 2-0 lead in the match.

No one really gained the upper hand to begin game three until a small run by the Cowgirls put them up 11-7. Utah Valley State would come back with a 10-4 run to take the lead 17-15. After Wyoming tied it up at 18 the battle was on as it was a fight for each point. With the score knotted up at 20, UW went on a 5-1 run to make it 25-21, but UVSC rallied back again as they held of two match points to earn game point, 31-30, and then took the game, 32-30.

Game four saw the Cowgirls open up to a 6-3 advantage which was quickly closed by an 8-3 scoring run by the Wolverines to take the lead, 11-9. Things didn't fair much better for Wyoming as they were out scored 9-2 as UVSC went up 20-11. The Cowgirls tried to rally back with a 7-3 run of the own to pull within five, 23-18, and eventually one, 26-25. Unfortunately, they couldn't get over the final hurdle as Utah Valley State won the game 30-26 to force a game five.

The Wolverines took the lead from the beginning, but the Cowgirls kept the score close, 8-5, as the two teams switched sides. In the end they couldn't make any head way as they only managed to score four more points. Utah Valley State won the game, 15-9, and the match, 3-2.

The Cowgirls will host another non-conference match on Sunday afternoon as they welcome the Texas Tech Red Raiders.