Cowgirls Close Out Weekend With A Loss To The Cougars

Nov. 3, 2001

Provo, Utah -- The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Team (8-12overall, 3-8 in the MWC) closed out the weekend with a three game lossto the 16th ranked BYU Cougars (17-5 overall, 9-3), 30-16, 30-20, and30-27, on Saturday night in Provo.

The Cougars jumped out early in game one, as it was senior night,taking an 11-5 lead. Brigham Young would then proceed to go on animpressive 19-11 run to win the first game 30-16.

The Cowgirls stayed close to start game two with a score of 8-9, butthen the Cougars went on an 10-3 run to take a 19-11 advantage. Afterscoring the next 11 of 20 points and allowing the Cowgirls to only scorenine, the Cougars would take the game 30-20 and a 2-0 lead in the match.

Wyoming hung tough in the third game and several times were only downby one point. But they were didn't have enough to take over the veteranBYU team, who would win the game 30-27 and take the match 3-0.

Senior Jackie Bundy led the way for the Cougars, as she finished thenight with 12 kills and seven digs. As a team, BYU hit .294 (53-21-109)on the evening and outblocked the Cowgirls nine to four.

Wyoming was led by senior Rachel Lau, who tallied a team high tenkills, along with four digs and one block solo. The Cowgirls struggledhitting only .070 (35-27-114) on the evening.

"I'm really baffled by our inability to start matches aggressively,"said head coach Susan Steadman. "I think it still has a lot to do withthe fluctuation of individual play. Rachel Lau continues to be a leaderon this team. BYU is a very strong team that we have to more aggressiveagainst especially on their home court. My hope is that we will be moreaggressive against Colorado State on Tuesday, and finish the last threematches strong at home."

The Cowgirls will now host Colorado State, New Mexico and Air Forcenext week as they close out the regular conference season.