Oct. 22, 2005
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl volleyball team (7-12 overall, 2-6 in the MWC) closed out the weekend with a three game sweep (30-19, 30-15, 30-16) of the Air Force Academy Falcons (4-21 overall, 0-10 in the MWC) on Saturday night in Colorado Springs.
"We've been on task in the last two matches," said head coach Pat Stangle. "We always talk about our systems and tonight was a perfect of example of what happens when we stay in system. After a couple of days of rest we'll start preparing for Colorado State."
Wyoming was led by Rachel Smith, who finished the night with ten kills, 11 digs and a .348 (10-2-23) hitting percentage. Kelsey Loop and Andrea Seele recorded eight kills, while Angie Hellbaum had seven. As a team, the Cowgirls hit .278 (43-16-98) compared to -.019 (28-30-107) by Air Force.
The Cowgirls started off game one by taking an early 7-4 lead. The Falcons pulled to within one, 8-7, but Wyoming answered back with an 8-0 scoring run to increase their lead to 16-7. Air Force wouldn't go away as they battled back with an 11-4 run of their own which brought the score to within two, 20-18. Wyoming kept their composure by scoring the next ten of eleven to win the first game, 30-19.
In game two, the Cowgirls started off on a good note by getting the lead 9-3. Despite the good effort of the Flacons, Wyoming continued to maintain a five or six point advantage. With the score 13-8 in favor of UW, they would run off eight straight to increase their lead to double-digits, 21-8. The Falcons would go on a 6-4 run to pull within ten, but that would be as close as they would get. The Cowgirls scored the final six of seven to take the game 30-15, and a 2-0 lead in the match.
Wyoming jumped out early in game three as they gained a 10-4 lead. Air Force pulled to within four, but the Cowgirls continued to score at will, increasing their advantage with an 11-3 scoring run, 20-9. It was never close as UW would win the game, 30-16, and the match 3-0.
The Cowgirls host one match next week as they welcome the Colorado State Rams, on Friday, Oct. 28. The match is set to begin at 7:00 p.m.