Oct. 30, 2004
Laramie, Wyoming -- The Wyoming Cowgirl volleyball team (12-10 overall, 5-5 in the MWC) lost a disappointing four game match (30-20, 24-30, 32-34, 26-30) against the UNLV Rebels on Friday night in Laramie.
Things looked really promising in game one as the Cowgirls took a 10-5 lead early. They continued to build upon that lead as UNLV struggled to push points. Wyoming would run away with the game 30-20.
It was much closer to begin the second game as the two team traded points back and forth. With the score tied at 7-7, UNLV gained the upper hand with a 5-1 run to go up by four. The Cowgirls responded with a run of their own to tie it up at 13, but the Rebels came back and scored the next nine of twelve to regain a 22-16 lead. Wyoming managed to pull within three, but UNLV would take the game 30-24.
The Rebels jumped out quickly in the third game by taking a 9-5 lead. The Cowgirls tried to climb their way back in it with a 7-4 run to pull within one, 13-12, and eventually tied it up at 15 all. The two teams went back and forth until four unanswered by UNLV let the take a 23-19, which the Cowgirls promptly fought back to even it up at 23. It would take 66 points in this game before the Rebels pulled out a 34-32 win.
In game four, the scoring was very tight in the early going. Wyoming gained a small advantage at 9-7, but the Rebels came back with a 7-2 run to regain the lead 14-11. The Cowgirls responded by scoring the next six of nine to tie it up at 17. With the score at 21 all, the momentum shifted to UNLV as they closed out the game 30-26 and the match 3-1.
Wyoming was led by Andrea Tuck, who finished her night with 19 kills, and a .425 (19-2-40) hitting percentage. She was followed by Rachel Smith with 15 kills and nine digs, and Emily Veenker with a career high 11 kills. Despite out hitting the Rebels .235 (65-25-170) to .215 (73-34-181), the Cowgirls couldn't come away with the victory.
They will resume play tomorrow night at 7:00 p.m. as they host the San Diego State Aztecs.