Cowgirl Volleyball Drops Heartbreaker To BYU

Oct. 19, 2002

vs. BYU 3-2 L

Laramie, Wyo. - The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Team(17-5 overall, 3-4 MWC) came up short against the Brigham Young Cougars(9-12 overall, 4-3 MWC) in a five game thriller (31-33, 30-16, 23-30,31-20, 11-15) on Saturday night in Laramie.

Game one opened up with each team playing very even. The Cowgirls wouldtake their first significant lead at 12-9, but the Cougars battled backgoing on a 10-2 run to go up 19-14. UW continued to fight with a 8-3 runof their own to tie it up at 22-22. From that point on it was a back andforth battle with BYU finally coming out on top 33-31.

Wyoming came out ready to play in game two with an early 12-7 lead, butthe Cougars answered back with a 6-3 run to close within one point,15-14. After that it was all Cowgirls. They outscored BYU 15-2 theremainder of the game, including a stretch of nine in a row, as theytook the game 30-16.

In the third game, BYU started strong opening with a 6-2 advantage.They maintained a lead throughout until the Cowgirls tied it up at 22all. The Cougars meant business as they scored the next eight of ninepoints to win the game 30-23.

The momentum shifted back to the Cowgirls in game four as they took thelead from the very beginning of the game. They held a three to fourpoint lead throughout, but Brigham Young battled to even up the score at22. It was back and forth from that point and despite several runs bythe Cougars, Wyoming ended up with a 31-29 win to force a fifth anddeciding game.

Brigham Young took command of the fifth game early and never lookedback. Despite putting up a good fight, the Cowgirls could only get towithin one point before falling 15-11 in the game and 3-2 in the match.

"I was really proud of this team for their play over the entireweekend," said head coach Jim Barnes. "They really picked up their levelof play up, and tonight you saw two teams that really played a highlevel of volleyball. The hitting percentages were high, not a lot oferrors, so it was a well executed match. I think the difference wasBrigham Young had some plays at opportune moments, in the crucial timesthe ball seemed to bounce their way."

Wyoming was lead by junior outside hitter Michele Rauter, who finishedwith 22 kills and ten digs, along with hitting .359 (22-8-39) on thenight. It was a career night for several Cowgirls, including SaraMaytorena, Amy Doman and Vanessa Latimer. Maytorena finished with acareer high ten block assists and total blocks along with 20 kills onthe evening, while Doman had a career high 64 assists. Latimer recorded19 digs on the evening which was a new career high for her. As a team,the Cowgirls hit .342 (74-23-149), while outblocking the Cougars 14-4. The Cowgirls will now travel to Utah to take on Weber State, Mondaynight at 7:00 p.m., for a non-conference match-up, before facing theColorado State Rams on Friday night at 7:00 p.m.