Cowgirl Volleyball Gets Back On Winning Track

Oct. 28, 2006


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The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball team (9-12 overall, 3-7) broke a seven match losing streak by earning a three match sweep (30-21, 30-20, 30-14) against the Air Force Academy Falcons (3-19 overall, 0-11 in the Mountain West Conference) on Saturday night in Colorado Springs.

Senior Andrea Seele led the way for the Cowgirls with 13 kills, eight total blocks and a .348 (13-5-23) hitting percentage. She was followed by Rachel Smith and Angie Hellbaum with five kills each. Sophomores Samantha Eley and Carissa Lee led the way with 13 digs, while Annie Meyers recorded ten digs. As a team, Wyoming hit .229 (40-15-109) while recording 11.5 total team blocks.

Air Force was led by Katie Batchelder with ten kills and a .125 (10-6-32) hitting percentage. Hannah Sorber had a team leading 12 digs and Jasmine Pettie followed with ten digs. As a team, the Falcons hit -.048 (21-26-105) and had just four total team blocks.

Air Force took the early 5-3 lead to begin the first game, while the Cowgirls responded with four of five points to take their first lead, 7-6. The Falcons quickly tied it up and then the two teams traded points back and forth. With the score 11-10 in favor of Air Force, the Cowgirls went on an 8-2 run to go up five, 18-13, which they extended to seven, 21-14. The Falcons scored three straight to pull within four, 21-17, but Wyoming rallied off six straight to regain a double-figure advantage, 27-17. The Falcons tried to stay in it by scoring the next four points to pull within six, 27-21. Wyoming held on to win the first game 30-21.

After falling behind 2-1 in the early going of game two, Air Force scored the next five of seven to go up three, 6-3. The Cowgirls responded with a 7-2 scoring run to take a two point lead, 10-8, but four straight by the Falcons put them up 12-10. UW came back by scoring the next five of six to regain a two point advantage of their own, 15-13. Air Force scored the next point to pull within one, 15-14, but Wyoming continued to maintain a two or three point lead. With the score 18-17 in favor of the Cowgirls, they would scored the next 12 of 15 to take the second game 30-20.

It was close only in the early going of the third game with it all tied up at two all. With Wyoming in the lead 4-3, they would run off 9 of the next 10 points to go up nine 13-4. They extended that lead to double figures as they went on a 7-5 run to make it a ten-point lead, 20-10. The Cowgirls never looked back as they closed out game three 30-14 and the match 3-0.

The Cowgirls will be back in action at home next week as they host the UNLV Rebels, on Thursday, Nov. 2, and the San Diego State Aztecs, on Saturday night, Nov. 4. The UNLV match is set to being at 7:00 p.m., while the San Diego State match will begin at 8:00 p.m.