Cowgirls Come Up Short Against Lobos

Nov. 4, 2000


* NEW MEXICO at WYOMING - New Mexico 3-2 - Box Score

The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Teamlost in a five game thriller on Saturday night against the New MexicoLobos.

Wyoming started out the match taking the first and third games 15-10,15-11, with the Lobos taking the second game 15-11. In the fifth andfinal game, the Cowgirls gained an advantage a 10-6 lead and seemed tobe in control of the match. But the Lobos wouldn't quit, fighting backto score nine of the next ten points taking the game 15-11 and the match3-2.

New Mexico was led by Jessie Goffard, who notched a team high 26 killsand 20 digs. The Lobos finished the night with 89 digs and 12 teamblocks.

The Cowgirls were led by Michele Rauter, who finished with 15 kills and27 digs. Unfortunately, Wyoming was plagued by poor hitting finishingthe night with 64 kills and a .088 percentage.

"I think both teams came out really flat, but the difference happenedon the other side of the net when New Mexico started diggingeverything," said head coach Susan Judge. "They're known for being agood defensive team, and they geared their level of play towards that,and made it simpler to attack the ball. We never really found a rhythm,there were spurts, but unfortunately we seemed to relax. I have to giveNew Mexico credit, because they picked up their level of play. We putthem in a position to look really well, and I can't explain why. Thiswas an opportunity to move ahead in the conference standings and somehowour focus wasn't very sharp, which was a big disappointment."

Wyoming falls to 10-19 overall and 2-10 in the conference. They willwrap up conference play next week against UNLV and San Diego State.