Cowgirls Fall in Four Against Rebels

Nov. 3, 2007

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball team (11-12 overall, 5-9 in the MWC) wrapped up the weekend with a four game loss (29-31, 24-30, 30-26, 28-30) against the UNLV Rebels (19-3 overall, 10-2 in the MWC) on Saturday afternoon in Laramie.

"I think you saw why they are one of the top teams in the MWC," said UW head coach Pat Stangle. "Game one really showed that. We were up 29-25, we didn't make some plays and they did, which led to them winning the game. I feel like we played with one of the best teams in the conference, but in the end they made more plays to win the match."

Four Cowgirls finished the match in double-figures in kills led by senior Angie Hellbaum. She recorded a team high 22 kills along with 11 digs. Rachel Smith finished with 20 kills and 15 digs followed by Lauren Whitney and Lauren Scott with 12 kills each. Whitney also recorded 12 digs, while Carissa Lee led the way with 20 digs. Wyoming hit .185 (70-33-200) for the match.

UNLV was led by Maria Aladjova and Lauren Miramontes who both finished with 22 kills each. Libero Jada Walker led the way in digs with 24 followed by Brittani Lumsden with 17 digs. The Rebels hit .246 (70-26-179) and out blocked the Cowgirls 13- for the match.

Wyoming took the lead in the early going of game, 5-2, which they would extend to 8-4. The Rebels responded with an 8-3 scoring run to take their first lead of the game, 12-11. The Cowgirls evened it up at 12 and then scored seven of ten to regain a 19-15 advantage. UNLV battled back scoring eight of nine to take a two point lead, 22-20. Again UW had an answer with a 5-1 run to go back up by two, 25-23. After UNLV scored the next point, the Cowgirls rallied with four of five points to earn game point 29-25. UNLV held of those four points and scored the remaining two in order to win the first game 31-29.

The two teams played even through the first 14 points to make it seven all. UNLV scored the next couple of points to make it 9-7 which was quickly answered with three straight points by the Cowgirls to go up 10-9. The Rebels stormed back with an 11-3 run to make the lead seven points, 20-13. The Cowgirls tried to climb their way back in it with a small run to pull within five, 22-17. Unfortunately they couldn't make enough of a comeback as they fell 30-24 in the game and down 2-0 in the match.

In game three, Wyoming took a 4-1 lead. UNLV answered with a 5-2 scoring run to tie it up at six. The Cowgirls regained a two point lead at 9-7, but the Rebels responded by scoring five of six to go up 12-10. UW came back again with a 6-1 run to make the score 16-13. UNLV tied it up at 17, but Wyoming put the pressure on scoring seven of nine to go up by five points, 24-19. Despite playing even the remainder of the way, the Cowgirls came away with a 30-26 win.

The two teams played evenly through the first couple of points of game four until the Cowgirls jumped out to a 9-7 lead. UNLV would even things up at ten all, which then started an 8-5 run to give them an 18-15 advantage. Wyoming answered by scoring the next five of seven to tie the score at 20 all. The Rebels quickly took back the lead at 22-20 and the momentum seemed to switch their way. Unfortunately, the Cowgirls could only manage to pull within one as UNLV won the game 30-26 and the match 3-1.

Wyoming will have only one match this next week as they take on the Colorado State Rams, on Wednesday, November 7. The match is set to begin at 7 p.m. in Ft. Collins.