Nov. 8, 2002
vs. AIR FORCE W 3-2
Laramie, Wyoming - Coming back from a 2-1 deficit, theWyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Team (19-8 overall, 4-7 MWC) defeated the AirForce Academy Falcons (8-18 overall, 2-9 MWC), on Friday night inLaramie, 3-2.
Wyoming opened up game one by taking a 6-1 lead, which would grow to14-8. They continued to build on that with a 9-6 scoring run to open itup to 23-15. Air Force made a small run to close within six points, butUW came out on top 30-23.
Game two started out much closer as each team traded points. Down 6-4,the Falcons went on an 8-1 run to take their first lead 12-7. TheCowgirls scored five unanswered and closed within two, but Air Forcestormed back with an 8-4 run to go up 20-14. They would maintain thatlead the rest of the way despite several runs by Wyoming, as Air Forcetook the game 30-25.
It was back and fourth to start game three. With it all tied up at ten,the Falcons went on a 12-4 run to take a 22-14 lead. The Cowgirls couldonly get as close as six as Air Force won the game 30-22 to take a 2-1lead in the match.
It was a do or die situation for the Cowgirls in the fourth game, asthey needed to win to force a fifth and deciding game. Wyoming gainedtheir first significant lead after a 4-0 put them up 12-8. They wouldhold on to the lead until the Falcons made a run to tie it up at 21 all.Despite several tries by Air Force, the Cowgirls would go on a 9-5 runto win the game 30-26 and force that fifth game.
Neither team really ever gained a huge advantage in the fifth game, asthey continued to go back and forth on the scoring. With it all tied upat 10, the Cowgirls seemed to gain a little momentum, but Air Forcewould come back to tie it up. Finally, they score two unanswered to goup 14-12 and eventually took the game 15-13 to win the match 3-2.
"We didn't play to the level we wanted, but still came away with awin," said head coach Jim Barnes. "The basic idea is to come away with avictory against your conference opponents even if it's not that pretty.I think we can learn from this and hopefully winning can give this teama spark as far as their confidence is concerned. We still need tocontinue to work on our defense, which is something we're stillstruggling with."
Wyoming was led by Michele Rauter, who finished the night with a teamhigh 22 kills. She also chipped in seven digs and two blocks assists,while hitting .341 (22-7-44). Sophomore rightside hitter Sara Maytorenafinished with a team high .432 (21-5-37) hitting percentage, 13 digs and21 kills. As a team the Cowgirls hit .286 (74-28-161) and out blockedthe Falcons 9-4.
The Cowgirls will host their final home match of the season tomorrownight against the New Mexico Lobos at 7:00 p.m.