Oct. 24, 2003
LARAMIE, Wyo. - The Cowgirl volleyball team (14-9overall, 3-5 in the MWC) opened up the weekend with a four game loss(30-26, 28-30, 25-30, 17-30) to the BYU Cougars (16-5 overall, 6-2 inthe MWC) on Friday night.
The Cowgirls took the lead from the beginning of game one, 4-1.After the Cougars pulled to within a couple of points, Wyoming scoredthe next four of five to regain a 10-5 advantage. Down 13-8, BYUcontinued to hang around by going on a 9-4 run to even the game up at 17all. Wyoming responded with a 7-4 run to go up three, but the Cougarswouldn't let the Cowgirls pull away closing the score to one,27-26. UW kept their composure and scored the final three points to wingame one, 30-26.
After the Cougars scored the first couple of points, UW scored thenext five of six to gain an early 5-3 lead. BYU answered by not onlytieing up the score but went on a 6-3 run to go up 12-9. The Cowgirlsbattled back to even things up at 17, and from that point the fight wason as each team traded points back and forth. With it all square at 26,the Cougars scored the next four of six to win game two 30-28.
It was very close throughout the first part of game three untilBYU took a 9-6 lead. Wyoming scored three straight to tie it up, but theCougars quickly regained a four point advantage with a 6-2 run. UWresponded by scoring the next six of eight to tie the score at 17unfortunately BYU ran off four straight to go up 21-17. Despite beingdown, Wyoming fought back to pull within two, but they couldn't completethe comeback as the Cougars would win the game 30-25.
BYU dominated the fourth game as the Cowgirls really never seemedto be able to get anything going. Several big runs including eightstraight unanswered points would seal the game for the Cougars, 30-17,and a 3-1 win in the match.
"It's one of those matches that's tough to swallow," said headcoach Jim Barnes. "You go into it thinking you have a good game plan andthe team ready to play. We controlled the entire first game, played wellin the second game and really had our chances to win, but the third andfourth game it was more our mistakes than anything BYU was doing. We hadtoo many mistakes, people start to tighten up and then it snowballedfrom there."
Junior Sara Maytorena led the Cowgirls as she recorded a seasonhigh 23 kills and chipped in eight digs and two block assists. Fourplayers finished the night with double-figure digs including VanessaLatimer. She led the team with a season high 17 digs and a career hightwo block solos. Amanda Miller and Hana Perlee chipped in 13 and tendigs, along with Amy Doman finishing the night with 12.
The Cowgirls close out the weekend with a match against the UtahUtes, tomorrow night, at 7:00 p.m.