Volleyball Defeats Weber State In Non-Conference Match-Up

Oct. 17, 2000

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Teamended a two-game losing streak on Monday night by defeating the WeberState Wildcats, 3-1.

The Wildcats opened up the game with a 2-0 lead, but the Cowgirls camestorming back scoring the next ten of eleven points to take the 10-3lead. But Weber State had a run of their own to close the gap and tiethe game at 14. It would take 17 points in order for the Cowgirls totake game one, 17-15. Once again, Weber State gained the early 3-0advantage in game two. The Cowgirls would score the next six to take itback, 6-3. The Wildcats would gain game point at 14-8, and eventuallywin 15-12. Game three saw Wyoming dominate to take a 7-1 lead. TheWildcats would claw away at that lead. With the score tied at eleven,the Cowgirls would close out the game 15-13 to take the 2-1 lead in thematch. Wyoming would close out the match in game four by taking theearly lead and never look back. They would win the game 15-6 and thematch 3-1.

Kris Hollingsworth led the way for Weber State with 17 kills, nine digsand a .387 hitting percentage. The Wildcats finished the night hitting.202, and nine total team blocks.

For the Cowgirls, junior middle blocker Rachel Lau notched a careerhigh 20 kills, along with five digs and four block assists. Barbie Braggwas also a big contributor with 15 kills and a .583 hitting percentage.The Cowgirls had several season highs on the night with 84 kills, 76assists and 17 total team blocks.

"This was a total team effort for us, which is always exciting for thecoach and encouraging for our program," said head coach Susan Judge."Everyone on the team played very maturely, and followed through witheach of their responsibilities. I can't say which was better, ouroffense or defense, both were impressive. Offensively, Barbie Bragg,Michele Rauter and Rachel Lau had fantastic matches. Katy Brown had oneof her best matches defensively, and Jamie Burke gave us a great spark.Melody led our blocking on the night, which resulted in 17 total teamblocks. Overall, I'm really pleased with this comeback performance."

The Cowgirls move to 8-15 overall. They return to conference play onFriday night at 7:00 p.m., as they host Colorado State.