Cowgirl Volleyball Earns Victory over Aztecs

Nov. 4, 2006

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Laramie, Wyo. - The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball team (11-12 overall, 5-7) closed out the weekend on a high note with a four game victory (30-23, 30-25, 23-30, 30-23) over the San Diego State Aztecs (10-15 overall, 4-9 in the Mountain West Conference) on Saturday night in Laramie.

"We played a really good team tonight," said head coach Pat Stangle. "San Diego State is very physical and has a lot of talented players. I first felt like we won the serve and pass battle, which in turn helped us on the offensive end with our hitters. Our middles, Lauren and Andrea, did nice job setting the tempo in the middle which was the case against UNLV as well and in turn helped open up opportunities for our outside hitters."

Five Cowgirls finished the night in double-figures including Lauren Scott. The middle blocker from Lone Tree, Colo. finished with a career high 20 kills along with four total blocks and a .389 (20-6-36) hitting percentage. Rachel Smith recorded 15 kills, while Angie Hellbaum and Annie Meyers both finished with 13 and senior Andrea Seele had ten. Samantha Eley led the way with 24 digs while Annie Meyers had 16. Wyoming hit .268 (72-23-183) and had 68 digs, 65 assists and six total team blocks.

San Diego State was led by Stephanie Darnall who had a team leading 15 kills along with 17 digs. Lindsay Mahan followed with 13 while Melanie Greene had 12 and Audra Dent had 11. Aime Cordeiro had a match high 25 digs and Leah Lathrop chipped in 15. The Aztecs hit .262 (63-21-160) and had 11 total team blocks.

Wyoming jumped out to an early 3-1 lead in the first game, but the Aztecs answered with four straight points to go up 5-3. The Cowgirls responded by scoring three of four to tie it up at six and then the two teams traded points back and forth. With it all tied up at ten, the Cowgirls went on a 6-2 run to take a four point lead, 16-12. San Diego State continued to battle scoring five of seven to pull within one, 18-17, but Wyoming came back with a 6-1 run to make it a six point game, 24-18. Despite playing even the rest of the way, the Cowgirls took the first game 30-23.

Wyoming fell behind 2-1 in the early going of the second game, but the Cowgirls scored six of seven points to go up 7-3. The Aztecs scored a couple of points to pull within three, 8-5, while UW went on a 4-2 run to take a five point advantage, 14-9. Again SDSU rallied back again by scoring eight of eleven to pull even at 17 all. Two quick points by Wyoming put them up 19-17, but San Diego scored three straight to go up 20-19. Once again, Wyoming responded with a 5-1 run take a 24-21 lead. They would hold the Aztecs to four points the remainder of the game to win 30-25 to take a 2-0 lead in the match.

In game three, the Aztecs jumped out to a 2-0 lead which the Cowgirls evened up at three. San Diego State responded with a 7-2 run to go up 10-5. After Wyoming scored the next point, SDSU scored six of seven to make it a nine point game, 16-7. Wyoming battled back with a 6-2 run to pull within five, 18-13, unfortunately that would be as close as they would get. The Aztecs won game three 30-23.

Wyoming started strong in game four as they went up 3-0, which they made 7-4. SDSU pulled to within two 8-6 but Wyoming came back with a 5-1 scoring run to go up 13-7. The Aztecs scored two quick points to pull within four, 13-9, which was answered by five of the next seven points by the Cowgirls to make it 18-11. San Diego State made a little dent in the lead and pulled to within five, 22-17, but Wyoming held it together and finished off the game 30-23 and the match 3-1.

The Cowgirls will be on the road next week in Utah against two ranked opponents. They will take on the Utah Utes, on Thursday, Nov. 9, in Salt Lake City and the BYU Cougars, on Saturday, Nov. 11, in Provo. Both matches are set to begin at 7:00 p.m.