Wyoming Narrowly Falls to New Mexico in Five Sets

Nov. 8, 2008


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After falling behind two games to start the match, the Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball team (4-17 overall, 3-9 in the Mountain West Conference) came back to force a fifth set, but fell 3-2 (11-25, 23-25, 25-22, 25-21, 12-15) against the New Mexico Lobos (19-6 overall, 9-5 in the MWC) on Saturday afternoon in Albuquerque.

"This team played very hard in this match, we just didn't have enough at the end," said UW head coach Carrie Yerty. "We passed and blocked really well tonight. Overall, I'm proud of this team and the way they played, because New Mexico is a very good team."

Four players finished the day in double-figures led by sophomore Jenna Arneson. She recorded a career high 15 kills, along with two solo blocks and six block assists. Dani Bedore followed with 14 kills and 14 digs, while Samantha Eley added a career high 13 kills and ten digs. JennaRae Jester also recorded ten kills and Carissa Lee had a match high 16 digs. As a team, the Cowgirls hit .169 (61-30-183) for the match and had 12 blocks.

New Mexico was led by Jeanne Fairchild with 20 kills and four blocks. Lisa Meeter and Rose Morris each recorded 12 kills. They hit .233 (64-26-163) for the match and had 13.5 total blocks.

The scoring went back and forth to begin the match as neither team took a significant lead. With the score all tied up at seven all, the Lobos went on a 9-0 run to extend the lead to eight, 16-8. An Eley kill finally ended the drought for Wyoming but they would still continue to struggle on the offensive side of the ball. They could only manage to score two more points as the Lobos won the first set 25-11.

The second set started off similar to the first as the scoring went back and forth. With the score tied at six all, New Mexico scored seven of nine to take a five point lead, 13-8. The Cowgirls battled back with a 7-2 run to even it up at 15 all. The Lobos responded with a 5-2 run of their own to go up three, 20-17. Wyoming pulled to within one, 24-23, and held off three set points, but their comeback would fall short. UNM would win the second set 25-23.

The Lobos scored the first two points of the third set, but the Cowgirls stormed back with nine straight points to take a seven point lead, 9-2. New Mexico battled back with a 9-3 run to pull within one, 12-11. Wyoming kept their composure and scored 9 of the next 13 points to extend the lead back to six, 21-15. The Lobos wouldn't go away either as they went on a 6-2 run of their own to pull within two, 23-21. Their comeback would fall short as the Cowgirls held on to win the set 25-22.

It was a tough battle in the early going of the fourth set. The Cowgirls gained a slight upper hand with a 10-7 lead, but the Lobos went on a 5-2 run to even up the score at 12 all. The two teams traded points back and forth until Wyoming took a three point lead, 19-16. UNM scored the next two points to pull within one, 19-18. The Cowgirls kept their composure and scored the next five of eight to win the set 25-21 to force a fifth set.

New Mexico took a slight 3-1 lead to begin the fifth set. The Cowgirls responded with a 6-3 run to gain a one point lead, 7-6. They would extend the lead to two, 10-8, after scoring three of the next five. The Lobos answered with three straight points to take the lead back 11-10. After the Cowgirls scored the next point, New Mexico closed out the set on a 4-1 run to win it 15-12 and the match 3-2.