Oct. 30, 2004
LARAMIE, Wyo. -- The Wyoming Cowgirl volleyball team (13-10 overall, 6-5 in the MWC) ended their weekend on a high note as they defeated the San Diego State Aztecs (3-20 overall, 3-7 in the MWC) in three games (30-23, 30-25, 30-22) on Saturday night in Laramie.
After the Aztecs opened up game one by scoring the first three points, Wyoming went on a 13-2 run to open up a 13-5 lead. San Diego State pulled to within five points, but the Cowgirls scored the next seven of nine to regain a 22-12 advantage. Despite being out scored by the Aztecs, UW would win the game, 30-23.
Wyoming jumped out to an early 5-2 lead, which was answered by a 4-1 run by the Aztecs to even it up at six all. With the score at 12 all, the Cowgirls scored the next five of seven to go up 17-14, but SDSU battled to pull within one, 21-20. The Cowgirls kept their composure and out scored San Diego State 9-5 to close out the game 30-25 to take a 2-0 lead in the match.
It was back and forth to start off game three until six unanswered by the Cowgirls put them up 12-5. San Diego State managed to pull within five, but that's as close as it would get. Wyoming took the game 30-22 and the match. 3-0
"I thought we played a better game," Stangle said. "We talked last night about how we didn't make the little plays. Tonight we not only made the plays that show up in the stats, we made the little plays. We picked up some balls that we didn't do last night. It allowed us to keep us on our highs and keep tem on their lows a little longer. It allowed us to go on some streaks. Early in all of these games it was kind of close. There was a point where went ahead four, five six points. We were able to maintain that."
Two players finished the night in double-figures, including freshman Rachel Smith. She recorded a team high 21 kills and a .567 (21-4-30) hitting percentage, along with five digs and four total blocks. Outside hitter Andrea Tuck also chipped in 11 kills and five digs. As a team, Wyoming hit .393 (63-17-117) compared to .231 (44-20-104) by the Aztecs.
San Diego State was led by Melissa Stapley, who recorded 13 kills and ten digs. The Aztecs did however out block the Cowgirls 9- 5.5.
The Cowgirls will play their final home match of the season next weekend as they host the Colorado State Rams on Friday night. The match, which is set to begin at 7:00 p.m., is also the final home match for seniors Amy Doman, Vanessa Latimer, Sara Maytorena and Jill Roslund.