Wyoming Volleyball Falls Short Against Aztecs

Oct. 31, 2002

at San Diego State 3-1 L

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

In a hard fought match, theWyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Team (18-7 overall, 3-6 MWC) fell in fourgames to the San Diego State Aztecs (17-10 overall, 8-2 MWC) on Thursdaynight in San Diego, Calif.

Wyoming jumped out early in the first game with a 5-1 lead, but SDSUscored the next eight of eleven points to go up 9-8. A 6-1 run by theCowgirls put them up 14-10 just to have the Aztecs tie it back up at 14all. But they hung tough, took the lead back the very next point andheld onto that lead for the remainder of the game, as the Cowgirls won30-27.

It was back and forth scoring from both teams to begin the game two.San Diego State would be first to gain a significant lead 11-8, whichwould grow after the Aztecs scored nine unanswered to go up 21-10. TheCowgirls were held to only five more points in the game, as SDSU tookthe game 30-15 to tie the match up at one game apiece.

In game three, the Cowgirls were the first to strike with an early butshort lived advantage. With the score tied up at seven, Wyoming went ona 9-4 run to open up a 16-11 lead. The Aztecs answered with their own10-6 run to tie it up at 22. It would be a hard fought battle theremainder of the way as San Diego State finally won the game 30-27.

The Aztecs opened up the fourth game with an 8-4 lead, but the Cowgirlsevened it up at ten after a 6-2 run. With the score at 15 all, theCowgirls opened up a three point lead only to have the Aztecs not onlytie it up, but take a two point lead, 22-20. San Diego State pulled awayas they out scored the Cowgirls 8-2 in the final moments of the game towin the game 30-22 and the match 3-1.

"This match was really ours for the taking," said head coach JimBarnes. "We just needed to be a little bit tougher and played betterdefense maybe the outcome would have been different. That's what is sodiscouraging is that we're right on the edge of beating these topschools, and we're not tough enough to pull it out at the end. We'regoing to continue to work hard, keep preparing and hopefully get to thatlevel when in crucial situations we have the ability to pull out a win."

Wyoming was led by Michele Rauter, who finished with 19 kills and ninedigs. Sophomore Jill Roslund hit a team high .579 (11-0-19), whilefreshman Lindsey Roebken recorded a career high 13 kills.

The Cowgirls will now travel to Las Vegas to take on the UNLV Rebels,on Saturday night, at 8:00 p.m., MT.