Oct. 22, 2009
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Team (10-13 overall, 1-8 in the Mountain West Conference) fell in three sets (23-25, 19-25, 22-25) against the New Mexico Lobos (14-7 overall, 5-4 in the MWC), on Thursday night, in Albuquerque.
Jodi Purdy led the way for Wyoming with 12 kills and five digs. She was followed by Lauren Whitney with seven kills and a .304 (7-0-23) hitting percentage. The Cowgirls hit .120 (34-21-108) for the match and had seven total team blocks.
The Lobos were led by Taylor Hadfield with ten kills and a .412 (10-3-17) hitting percentage. Ashley Rhoades added eight kills and four block assists. UNM hit .217 (42-19-106) for the match.
After the Cowgirls scored the first point of the match, New Mexico ran off five of seven to take a 5-3 advantage. Wyoming answered back with an 8-1 run to take a five point advantage 11-6. The Lobos would score six of ten to pull within three, 15-12, but UW would regain an 18-14 lead. Unfortunately, UNM would chip away at the lead and tie it up at 19 all. The Cowgirls would score the next three points to go up 22-19, which again was answered by a Lobo run to not only even it up but win the set 25-23.
New Mexico took the early 4-2 to begin the second set, which was answered with a 6-2 run by the Cowgirls to go up 8-6. The Lobos would tie it up at eight and then the two teams would go back and forth for the next couple of points. With Wyoming up 10-9, UNM ran off eight straight points to make the score 17-10. A service error would end the run and the Cowgirls would go on a run to pull within five, 23-18, unfortunately the Lobos scored the final two of three points to win the set 25-19 to take a 2-0 lead in the match.
It was a tough go for the Cowgirls to begin the third set as the Lobos stormed out to a 9-3 lead. The Cowgirls would chip away at the deficit and closed the gap to four, 15-11. A 9-5 run from Wyoming brought them even closer as they tied it up at 20 all. Unfortunately, their comeback would fall short as New Mexico scored the final five of seven to win the set 25-21 and the match 3-0.
The Cowgirls will close out the weekend against the TCU Horned Frogs, on Saturday, Oct. 24, at 12 p.m. MT.