Cowgirls Fall To Aztecs

Oct. 26, 2001

*San Diego State def. Wyoming 3-1 - Box Score

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Laramie, Wyo. -- The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Team(8-9, 3-5 in MWC) lost to the San Diego State Aztecs (13-7, 7-3 in MWC),28-30, 22-30, 31-29, 20-30, on Friday night in Laramie.

The scoring stayed close throughout the first part of game one. Withthe score at 12-11, the Cowgirls took charge going on a 9-3 run to takea 21-14 lead. But, the Aztecs fought back scoring the next points nineto close the margin to one point. Wyoming seemed to take control againregaining a 26-22 advantage, but unfortunately, San Diego State wouldscore the next eight out of ten points and win the game 30-28.

In game two, the Aztecs jumped out to a 7-3 early lead. The Cowgirlswould only get as close as 10-11 in the game, as San Diego State won thegame 30-22 and take a 2-0 lead in the match.

The Cowgirls would have to fight their way back in game three, as theyfell behind early. With the score tied at 11-11, they would take a leadand seemed to get some momentum, but the Aztecs would once again make acomeback to take the lead. It would go back and forth, until Wyomingfinally would come out on top 31-29.

The Aztecs took over in the fourth game taking the lead from thebeginning and never looked back. They closed out the match winning thegame 30-20 and the match 3-1.

San Diego State was led by Rochelle Currier, who finished with a teamhigh 19 kills, six digs and a .389 hitting percentage. As a team, theAztecs hit .290 (74-27-162) on the evening, along with nine total teamblocks.

Three Cowgirls hit in double-figures on the night, including seniorRachel Lau. She finished with 17 kills, one block solo, six blockassists and hit .379. Sophomore middle blocker Melissa Robinett alsonotched a career high 17 kills, along with a team high .419 hittingpercentage. The Cowgirls hit .238 (66-30-151) on the evening, along withten total team blocks.

"It was really frustrating when we had a lead in the first game tobreakdown in a pretty easy part of the game. San Diego State wasn'tserving that tough and after we lost the lead we couldn't get it done,"said head coach Susan Steadman. "That typically happens when you loseyour focus, we couldn't pass the ball, and our offense suffered."

"I thought we made some great plays tonight, certain parts of our gamewere good and then I was frustrated with other parts. Our middles had aphenomenal night and did their job. They hit well and put up goodblocks. Our defensive specialists also had some good plays, and I wasproud of how they played. There were just some other areas that wereinconsistent."

Wyoming will host the UNLV Rebels tomorrow night in the MPG at 8:00p.m.