Cowgirl Volleyball Sweeps Pioneers In Three

Oct. 24, 2000

LARAMIE, Wyo. - Denver at WYOMING - Wyoming 3-0 - Box Score

The University of Wyoming CowgirlVolleyball Team swept the Denver Pioneers, 15-8, 15-9, 15-8, on Tuesdaynight in Laramie.

The Cowgirls led the entire way in the first two games behind the goodhitting of Barbie Bragg and Rachel Lau, who hit .333 and .273 on thenight. The Pioneers tried to keep it close in game three gaining anearly 4-0 lead. Unfortunately, Wyoming was too tough to handle winningthe game 15-8 and the match 3-0.

On the night, the Cowgirls finished with 55 kills, 15 total team blocksand hit .254. Bragg and Lau also added 11 kills each. It was also a bignight for senior Melody Friehauf, as she moved into first place on theall-time blocks list with a match high 11 on the night, and 581 in hercareer. She moves in front of Kristina Dzelme, who held the previousrecord of 573 total blocks.

"I think we had a little bit of a drop off in game two in our passingand we started to get off track. We were making small errors that led tous not getting things done," said head coach Susan Judge. "Overall, itwas a pretty good performance by Wyoming. We challenged Denver'spassers, and kept them out of their offense. I can't talk enough aboutour blocking. Melody has really stepped it up, and raised her level ofblocking. Barbie Bragg and Jansen Siplon have also done a tremendous jobof learning the right things to do, and executing what we're doingdefensively. But right now, I feel like we're playing at a pretty highlevel."

"Melody has been a phenomenal blocker her entire career. Her firsttwo seasons she was ranked in the top 20, which is quite an impressiveway to start your career off. She has been the cornerstone of whyWyoming has been a good blocking team for the last four years."

Wyoming moves to 9-16 overall and 1-7 in the conference. They return toMountain West Conference play this weekend on the road in Utah. Theywill face Brigham Young on Friday night at 7:00 p.m., and Utah onSaturday night at 7:00 p.m.