Big MWC Road Win For Cowgirl Volleyball

Oct. 20, 2005


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The Wyoming Cowgirl volleyball team (6-12 overall, 1-6 in the MWC) resumed Mountain West Conference play on Thursday night and earned their first conference victory of the year in five games (23-30, 30-28, 30-20, 30-16, 15-13) against the New Mexico Lobos (11-8 overall, 3-6 in the MWC) in Albuquerque.

"This was a huge win for us tonight," said head coach Pat Stangle. "It was the little plays we made tonight that had we made the last few matches it wouldn't have made this one so significant. We spent this week working on those little things and it transferred to the match tonight.

"There was a lot of emotion with this victory," he added. "It's been pretty emotional over the past ten matches, and to finally finish one it's really a great feeling. We'll enjoy this one tonight and then start getting ready for Air Force."

Four Cowgirls reached double-digits in kills including sophomore Rachel Smith. She finished the night with 19 kills, three blocks and two digs. Kelsey Loop followed with a career high 17 kills, while Andrea Seele recorded 14 kills and Angie Hellbaum had 13 kills. Libero Michelle Weydert had 15 digs, followed by Carissa Lee with 12 and Tasha Weishahn with 11. Wyoming hit .210 (72-35-176) as a team.

Game one started off close until five unanswered by the Lobos gave them an early 9-4 advantage. New Mexico maintained a four to five point lead, but with the score 13-8 the Cowgirls rallied back with a 5-0 run to even it up at 13 all. It was short lived as UNM scored the next five of six to back up 18-14. Wyoming continued to battle and made another comeback with a 7-4 run to pull within one, 22-21, unfortunately the Lobos scored the next eight of ten to win the game, 30-23.

In game two, the Cowgirls started off on a good note by getting the lead 9-5. New Mexico pulled to within three, 10-7, but Wyoming continued to maintain their advantage going back up by five, 13-8. The Lobos continued to battle with a 10-5 run to tie it up at 18 and eventually taking the lead 20-18. The Cowgirls hung tough as they responded by scoring the next seven of eight to regain the lead 25-21. It was New Mexico's turn to make a comeback as a 7-2 scoring run gave them the lead back 28-27. Wyoming kept their composure and scored the next three points to take the game 30-28.

It was all Cowgirls to begin the third game as they stormed out to a 9-3 lead, which increased to 13-4 after a 4-0 run. After a few points from the Lobos pulled them to within eight, 16-8, Wyoming increased their lead to double-digits, 20-10. New Mexico continued to battle going on a 6-2 scoring run which brought the score to within six, which would be as close as they would get. Wyoming answered by a 5-1 run by UW to get the lead back in to double-figures, 27-17, and eventually won the game 30-20 in order to gain a 2-1 lead in the match.

New Mexico responded in game four by taking the 6-0 lead. After the Cowgirls came back with three points, the Lobos went on an 8-1 scoring run to go up by double-digits, 14-4. Wyoming continued to fight down 19-9, they scored five straight to pull with five, 19-14, unfortunately New Mexico had other ideas as they ran off nine straight to go up 28-14. They would close out the game 30-16 to force a game five.

Game five was a real battle as the two teams went back and forth with the lead as it was 8-7 in favor of the Cowgirls when the two teams switched sides. With the score tied at nine, the Cowgirls seemed to gain some momentum by scoring three points to take a 12-10 advantage. New Mexico scored the next three of five to pull within one, but Wyoming held on to win the game 15-13 and the match 3-2.

The Cowgirls will continue their road trip as they travel to Colorado Springs, Colo. to take on the Air Force Academy Falcons, on Saturday night, at 7:00 p.m.