Oct. 22, 2004
Albuquerque, N.M. - The Wyoming Cowgirl volleyball team (11-9 overall, 4-4 in the MWC) opened up the week with a three game victory (30-28, 30-23, 30-26) over the New Mexico Lobos (7-12 overall, 1-7 in the MWC) on Thursday night in Albuquerque.
After New Mexico scored the first two points of game one, the Cowgirls came back with four straight points to take their first lead, 4-2. The Lobos came back to tie it up and then scored the next four of six points to make the score 8-6. UW responded with a small run of their own, to even up the game 10-10, but it was short lived as UNM regained a 14-11 advantage. The Cowgirls kept their composure and made a 9-4 run to go up 20-18, which UNM evened up at 21 and the battle was on. In the end, it would be Wyoming who would pull out the 30-28 win in the game.
The Lobos jumped out to a very early lead in the second game, and then the Cowgirls tied it up and took a small advantage. With the score even at seven, UNM scored the next four of five to regain an 11-8 lead, but Wyoming answered with a 7-2 run to take a two point advantage, 15-13. The Cowgirls continued to maintain that lead for the remainder of the game, while out scoring New Mexico, 15-8, to win the game, 30-23, and take a 2-0 lead in the match.
Wyoming started off game three by taking a 9-4 lead. New Mexico scored the next three straight to pull within two, but the Cowgirls extended their lead with a 6-2 run to go up 15-9. The Lobos wouldn't give up as they scored the next ten of fourteen to even things up at 19, and eventually took the lead 23-21. UW responded with a 6-2 run to regain a 27-25 advantage, and closed it out 30-26 to win the match in three.
"That's probably the best we have played on the road from beginning to end," said head coach Pat Stangle. "We talked about composure all week and the team that won tonight was going to have more composure, which was the case."
Four of the six starters finished the night in double figures, including senior Sara Maytorena. She finished with 14 kills and 12 digs, while hitting .542 (14-1-24) for the match. She was followed by Andrea Tuck with 13 kills, Shelby Heggie with 11 and Rachel Smith with ten. As a team, they hit .276 (56-21-127) compared to .168 (40-21-113).
The Cowgirls will continue their road trip as they travel to Colorado Springs to face the Air Force Academy Falcons tomorrow night beginning at 7:00 p.m.