Oct. 17, 2003
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Cowgirl Volleyball team (13-8 overall, 2-4 in the MWC) opened up the weekend with a three game loss (30-26, 30-28, 30-26) to the Air Force Academy Falcons (11-8 overall, 2-4 in the MWC), on Friday night in Colorado Springs.
It was close to begin the match as Air Force took the early 4-2 lead, but the Cowgirls answered with three straight to take their first lead of the game 5-4. The Falcons evened things up at five and then the two teams traded points back and forth with neither gaining a big advantage. With the score tied at ten, Air Force went on a 7-2 run to open up their largest lead of the game, 17-12. Wyoming responded by scoring the next four of five points to pull within two, but again the Falcons answered with four straight to regain a 22-16 lead. Down 26-20, the Cowgirls continued to battle scoring six of the next nine points to close within three and holding off three game points unfortunately Air Force would pull out game one,
After Air Force scored the first point of game two, the Cowgirls went on a 7-3 run to take a three point lead. The Falcons answered by scoring the next four of six points to close within one, but Wyoming scored three straight to regain a four point margin. It seemed every time the Cowgirls tried to pull away the Falcons would answer as they once again closed to within one, 13-12. Wyoming kept their composure by going on a 7-4 run take gain a four point lead, 20-16, unfortunately the Falcons answered with a run of their own to even things up at 25 all. It would be a battle of wills as neither team wanted to lose this game. After going up 27-25 the Cowgirls seemed to be in control, but Air Force scored the next five of six points to win the game 30-28 to take a 2-0 lead in the match.
The Cowgirls took a very early lead in game three but the Falcons quickly evened things up at four all. No one really took significant lead until Air Force went on 8-1 run to open up a seven point margin, 17-10. Wyoming continued to battle by scoring the next nine of 13 points to pull within two, 21-19. The Falcons would respond by regaining a 26-23, but the Cowgirls hung tough by closing the margin to one, 27-26. In the end, Air Force was too much to overcome as they would win the game 30-26 and the match 3-0.
Wyoming was led by middle blocker Jill Roslund, who finished the night with seven kills, one block solo, two block assists and a .538 (7-0-13) hitting percentage. Junior Vanessa Latimer led the Cowgirls in digs with 14. As a team, they hit .163 (41-21-123), but committed ten service aces.
Wyoming will continue their road trip with a match-up against the New Mexico Lobos, tomorrow night at 7:00 p.m., in Albuquerque.