Oct. 30, 2003
Las Vegas, Nev. -- The Wyoming volleyball team (14-11 overall, 3-7 in the MWC) opened up their road trip with a three game loss (21-30, 25-30, 19-30) against the UNLV Rebels (10-12 overall, 2-7 in the MWC) on Thursday night in Las Vegas.
The Cowgirls fell behind early as the Rebels opened up game one with a 7-2 lead. Wyoming hung in there with a 10-6 run to pull within one and eventually tied it up at 14 all. The two teams traded points back and forth until the Rebels scored the next eight of ten points to take a 24-18 advantage. Unfortunately it didn't get much better for the Cowgirls as they only managed to score three more points, while UNLV won the first game, 30-21.
It was close to begin the second game with neither team taking a real significant lead until the Cowgirls gained a three point advantage, 9-6. After UNLV pulled to within one point, Wyoming scored the next seven of eleven points to go up by the score of 17-13. The Rebels responded with a 6-2 run of their own to tie things up at 19 all, and eventually taking the lead 22-20. UW evened up the score at 22, but UNLV quickly regained the lead with three straight points, 28-25. In fact, they would score the final five of seven points to win the game, 30-25, and take a 2-0 lead in the match.
The Rebels took the lead from the start of game three, 6-3. Wyoming battled back to pull within one, but UNLV went on a 9-3 run to go up by the score of 15-8. Despite being down, the Cowgirls continued to fight with a 7-3 run to bring the score to 18-15. Up by three points, the Rebels closed out the game and the match by scoring the final nine of ten points to win the game 30-19 and the match 3-0.
The Cowgirls were led by Michele Rauter, who finished with 11 kills. Sara Maytorena and Amanda Miller tied a team high with seven digs. As a team, the Cowgirls hit .216 (39-18-97), but were out blocked ten to four.
Wyoming will wrap up the weekend with a match against the San Diego State Aztecs on Saturday night at 8:00 p.m. MT in San Diego, Calif.