Oct. 18, 2006
GREELEY, Colo. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball team (8-11 overall, 2-6) stepped out of conference play and fell in three straight (24-30, 25-30, 28-30) against the Northern Colorado Bears (10-9 overall, 6-3 in the Big Sky) on Wednesday night in Greeley.
Junior Lauren Scott led the way for Wyoming with ten kills, four block assists and a .444 (10-2-18) hitting percentage. She was followed by Annie Meyers and Rachel Smith with nine kills each. Setter Tasha Weishahn posted 15 digs and 29 assists. Carissa Lee had 13 digs, while Sam Eley recorded nine. As a team, the Cowgirls hit .171 (46-20-152) and had seven total team blocks.
Four players for Northern Colorado finished with double-figures including Dulcie Stone. She recorded 17 kills and 11 digs. Lizzy Rhoads had 11 kills followed by Meredith Alder and Lenay Goble with ten each. Abby Mayne had a match high 23 digs, while the Bears hit .258 (59-20-151) for the match.
The Cowgirls got off to a good start as they took the early 5-3 lead in game one. Northern Colorado responded with a 4-2 run to even things up at seven all. Wyoming would score the next point, but the Bears answered with three straight points to take their first lead of the game. This time the Cowgirls battled back with a 6-4 run of their own to tie up the score 14-14. UNC came back with a quick kill by Meredith Alder, but UW scored the next three of five to go up 17-16. Unfortunately, the Bears scored the next six of seven take a four point advantage, 22-18. Wyoming made a small run to pull within three, 23-20, but in the end Northern Colorado held on to win the first game, 30-24.
After falling behind 4-2 in the early going of the second game, the Cowgirls came back with a small scoring run to pull within one, 5-4. UNC scored the next three of five to help them regain a two point advantage, 8-6. Wyoming scored the next point to make it 8-7, unfortunately the Bears scored five of six make it 13-8. Another 3-2 run by the Cowgirls brought them to within four, 15-11, but UNC continued to counter every point by Wyoming. They even extended their lead to six points 20-14. Despite a struggle on the offensive end, the Cowgirls tried to battle back and went on an 8-5 run to pull within three, 25-22. Unfortunately that would be as close as they would get as UNC scored the final five points to take the game 30-25 and a 2-0 lead in the match.
In game three, it was Northern Colorado that took the early 7-4 advantage. Wyoming went on a 3-2 run to pull within two, 9-7, but the Bears extended their lead to four, 11-7. It wouldn't get any better for the Cowgirls as the lead grew to six points 15-9 and eventually 19-13. UW made a run once again as they scored seven of ten to make it a three point game 22-20. The Bears quickly scored three straight to bring the score to five points 25-20, but Wyoming answered right back with three unanswered to make it 25-23. With the score 27-23 in favor of UNC, the Cowgirls made it interesting and went on a 4-1 run to pull within one, 28-27. Despite all of that, the Bears won the game 30-28 and the match 3-0.
The Cowgirls will be off until next week when they resume Mountain West Conference play against the Colorado State Rams, on Thursday, Oct. 26, at 7:00 p.m.