Cowgirls Swept By Utes

Nov. 2, 2001

Salt Lake City, Utah (Nov. 2, 2001) -- The Wyoming Cowgirl VolleyballTeam (8-11, 3-7) fell in three games to the 15th ranked Utah Utes (17-2,9-2), 30-19, 30-21, and 30-28, on Friday night in Salt Lake City. The Utes jumped out early against the Cowgirls taking a 7-2 lead ingame one, but Wyoming would score the next six out of seven points totie the score at eight. That would be as close as the Cowgirls wouldget, as Utah would go on a 22-11 run to close out the first game, 30-19.

The Cowgirls kept it close to begin game two, at times holding a twopoint advantage, but then the Utes turned it on. With the game tied upat seven, Utah would score the next 19 of 29 points to take a 26-18lead. Despite the Cowgirls making a small rally, the Utes would take thesecond game, 30-21, and a 2-0 lead in the match. Game three saw Wyoming take the early 10-5 lead. They would maintainthat advantage until the Utes tied the score at 13 and took the eventuallead 15-13. The Cowgirls would stay within a couple of points and atone time was only down, 28-29. But despite holding off five matchpoints, the Utes closed out the game 30-28 and the match 3-0.

Senior McKelle Stilson led the Utes with 11 kills and a .556 hittingpercentage.

The Cowgirls were led by freshman Sara Mayotrena, who finished thenight with ten kills and a team high .286 hitting percentage. SeniorRachel Lau also recorded ten kills and a season high six digs.

"It was really hard to get our offense rolling tonight with ourinconsistent serve/receive," said head coach Susan Steadman. "Once wegot the ball in play, I thought we competed very well. Rachel Lau had anice consistent performance, both offensively and defensively, alongwith Sara Maytorena, who had one of her better hitting nights plus ledthe team in digs. We picked up the pace at the end of the match and mygoal is to carry that momentum into tomorrow night."

The Cowgirls will face the Brigham Young Cougars tomorrow night, inProvo, at 7:00 p.m.