Oct. 18, 2007
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball team (9-9 overall, 3-6 in the MWC) had an impressive three-game win (30-28, 30-23, 30-19) against the New Mexico Lobos (14-7 overall, 5-4 in the MWC in the MWC) on Thursday night in Laramie.
"If you look at the numbers it wasn't a real pretty match," said UW head coach Pat Stangle. "New Mexico is a very good offensive and defensive team, plus very scrappy and it wasn't easy for us. That's what makes the win so special, because it was so hard fought. They came out at the beginning of the match as the aggressor and we had to get up and battle back. I will take an ugly win over a pretty loss."
The Cowgirls were led by senior Rachel Smith, who recorded a team high 12 kills along with seven digs and two service aces. Freshman Lauren Whitney followed with 11 kills, while Angie Hellbaum added eight. Wyoming hit .139 (40-23-122) for the match and had eight total team blocks.
New Mexico was led by Jeanne Fairchild with 13 kills, while two players followed with five kills each. The Lobos hit .051 (37-31-117) for the match.
In game one, the Cowgirls opened up a 4-1 lead which was answered with three straight by the Lobos to tie it up at four all. Wyoming went on a 4-1 run to go back up, 8-5, but UNM scored four of five to take a one point advantage, 9-8. The Cowgirls went on a small run to even it up at 12 all. The two teams went back and forth for the next few points until the Lobos scored six straight to open up a 20-14 lead. Wyoming battled back by scoring nine of thirteen to pull within one, 24-23. The momentum shifted back to New Mexico as they went back up 26-23. Wyoming kept their composure and scored the final seven of nine to win the game 30-28.
The Cowgirls took control early in game two, 6-2, but the Lobos answered with a 5-2 scoring run to pull within one, 8-7. After Wyoming scored the next point, the Lobos responded with the next three to make it 10-9 in their favor. The Cowgirls tied it up at ten all and then the scoring went back and forth. With it all even at 14, UW scored five straight to take a 19-14 advantage which they increased to seven, 23-16. UNM came back to pull within four, 23-19, but Wyoming closed out the game on a 7-4 run to take the game 30-23 and a 2-0 lead in the match.
Game three had Wyoming open up with another 6-2 lead. UNM scored the next two points followed by a 5-2 Cowgirl run to make it 11-6. They extended their lead to double-figures, 21-8, before the Lobos scored their next point. New Mexico would then go on a 7-2 run to put a dent in the Cowgirl lead 23-16. Wyoming held their composure and closed out the game scoring seven of ten to win 30-19 and the 3-0 in the match.
The Cowgirls will close out the week tomorrow, Friday, October 19, as they host the TCU Horned Frogs. The match is set to begin at 7 p.m.