Oct. 18, 2003
Albuquerque, N.M. (Oct. 18, 2003) -- The Cowgirl volleyball team (14-8 overall, 3-4 in the MWC) earned a split over the weekend after defeating the New Mexico Lobos (3-17 overall, 0-7 in the MWC) in three games, 30-19, 30-25, 30-24, on Saturday night in Albuquerque.
Wyoming opened up the first game by taking a very early 5-3 lead. After New Mexico scored their fourth point, the Cowgirls went on a 9-1 run, which included six unanswered, to gain a 14-5 advantage. The Lobos continued to battle and pulled to within five points 17-12, but a couple of points from UW helped them regain another nine point lead, 21-12. New Mexico responded to that by scoring the next seven of eleven to pull even closer, 25-19. UW kept their composure and scored the final five points to win the game 30-19.
It was pretty tight scoring to begin the second game as neither team gained a big lead until a 4-1 run from the Lobos gave them an 8-5 advantage. The Cowgirls answered by scoring the next six of nine points to even things up at 11 all. From that point momentum seemed to shift in Wyoming's favor as they went on a 10-2 run, including a stretch of five in a row, to take an eight point lead, 21-13. After the Cowgirls went up ten, New Mexico continued to battle with an 8-3 run of their own to close the margin to five points, but Wyoming hung on to take the second game 30-25 and a 2-0 lead in the match.
After the Lobos scored the first point of game three, the Cowgirls turned it on as they went on a 9-1 run to gain a seven point advantage, 9-2. That lead would grow to nine, but a determined New Mexico team scored the next six of eight points to pull within five, 14-9. Wyoming would pull away a couple of more times but again the Lobos kept with four or five points. Up 18-12, the Cowgirls closed out the game 30-24 and the match 3-0.
Junior Sara Maytorena led the Cowgirls with 11 kills, six digs and five service aces. She also hit .526 (11-1-19) for the match. Setter Amy Doman had a season high .600 (6-0-10) hitting percentage, while recording 30 assists. As a team, the Cowgirls hit .318 (42-15-85) while out blocking the Lobos eight to four.
The Cowgirls will be at home next weekend as they will host the BYU Cougars on Friday night and the Utah Utes on Saturday night. Both matches will be at 7:00 p.m. in the MPG.