Nov. 5, 2005
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl volleyball team (9-13 overall, 4-7 in the MWC) wrapped up the weekend with an impressive four game win (32-30, 30-18, 21-30, 30-24) over the UNLV Rebels (12-12 overall, 8-4 in the MWC) on Saturday night in Laramie.
"I think that first game was key for us," said head coach Pat Stangle. "We got down 29-27, managed to get a few points to tie it up and then win it. I felt it really set the tone, because in game two we went on a run and that gave us a two game lead, which was a nice cushion.
"We've won the last four out of five conference matches, and it's just a matter of a young team figuring out what works and doesn't work. We had a great week of practice and it translated in to two big matches for us."
Three Cowgirls finished the night in double-digits, including sophomore Rachel Smith, She recorded a career high 34 kills, which eclipsed her previous mark of 27 set earlier this year, while finishing with nine digs and hitting .384 (34-6-73) for the match. Middle blocker Andrea Seele tied her season high with 14 kills, followed by Kelsey Loop with 13. Libero Michelle Weydert finished with 22 kills followed by Tasha Weishahn with 13 and Samantha Eley with ten. Wyoming hit .314 (77-19-185) for the match.
UNLV was led by Lauren Miramontes who had 24 kills and hit .413 (24-5-46). Maria Aladjova had 17 kills followed by Michelle Banks and Mariana Pencheva with 11. The Rebels hit .290 (70-21-169) on the night and had eight total team blocks.
In game one, the lead went back and forth as neither team seemed to gain more than a one or two point advantage. With the score at 8-6 in favor of UNLV, the Cowgirls went on a 5-1 run to go up 11-9. The Rebels would tie it up at 12, but Wyoming answered back by scoring the next eight of twelve to regain a four point advantage, 20-16. UNLV continued to battle back as they went on a 7-5 run to pull within two 25-23. After a couple of points by the Cowgirls which put them back up by four, the Rebels rallied back again with six unanswered to gain game point 29-27. The Cowgirls would hold two of those off and score four straight to go back up by one, 30-29. UNLV tied it up once again at 30 all, but Wyoming kept their composure and scored the final two points to win the game 32-30.
UNLV took charge in the early going of the second game as they went up 6-3. The Cowgirls responded with 11 straight to take an eight point lead, 14-6. Wyoming would increase their advantage to double-digits as they went on an 11-7 run to make the score 25-13. They would close it out 30-18 to take a 2-0 lead in the match.
The Rebels came out strong in game three as they went up 8-5. Wyoming pulled to within two, but UNLV went on a 7-2 run to make it 15-8. The Cowgirls answered back with six of the next nine to pull within four unfortunately that would be as close as they would get. UNLV would take the third game, 30-21.
Neither team really gained the upper hand to begin the fourth game. With the score tied at four, the Cowgirls went on an 8-3 run to open up a five point lead, 12-7. UNLV scored the next three of four to pull within three, 13-10, but Wyoming came back with another 8-3 run to go up 21-13. The Rebels wouldn't give up down nine, 25-16, they scored the next eight of eleven to pull within four, but the Cowgirls would score the final two points to win the game 30-24 and the match 3-1.
The Cowgirls will head out on the road next week as they travel to the state of Utah. They will face the Utah Utes, on Friday, Nov. 11, and the BYU Cougars, on Saturday, Nov. 12. Both matches are set to begin at 7:00 p.m.