Nov. 9, 2002
vs. NEW MEXICO W 3-1
Laramie, Wyoming -- The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Team(20-8 overall, 5-7 MWC) picked up their 20th win of the season bydefeating the New Mexico Lobos (7-18 overall, 2-10 MWC), in four games,on Saturday night in Laramie.
New Mexico would be the first team to take a significant lead in gameone after a 7-3 run put them up 15-11. The next five of six points werescored by the Cowgirls to tie it up at 16. It was back and forth untilthe Cowgirls took the lead for good with a 6-1 run to close out the game30-24.
In game two, Wyoming took an early two point lead but it was shortlived. New Mexico not only tied it up but took a 16-12 lead after 7-3run. The Cowgirls made a run of their own to tie it up at 18 only tohave the Lobos regain the lead. Despite holding off three game points,UW would fall in the second game 30-28.
The Lobos took the lead in game three 10-6, but Wyoming battled back totie it up at ten. After that the fight was on, as each team continued totrade points back and forth. The Cowgirls would take their first lead at17-16, which they never let go of, as they won the game 30-23 to take a2-1 lead in the match.
Game four saw the Lobos jump to the early 7-3 lead, as they maintaineda three to four point cushion. The Cowgirls battled back going on a 9-1run to take an 18-13 lead, but New Mexico made a 7-3 run of their own toclose within one. Wyoming held off several Lobo rallies to take the game30-26 and the match 3-1.
"I'm very proud of tonight's performance, especially on the defensiveside," said head coach Jim Barnes. "That's were we have to continue topick our game if we're going to beat the better teams. Our servingreally picked up tonight and it's probably one of our best servingmatches of the season, which really kept us in the match. I was proud ofthe defensive effort. This is a great momentum builder for us, and welooked at tonight as getting us ready for next week."
Four Cowgirls finished the match in double-figures, including freshmanLindsay Roebken. She finished the night with a career high 15 kills andhit .440 (15-4-25) for the night. Sophomore Jill Roslund chipped in 12kills, along with a team high six service aces. As a team, the Cowgirlshit .298 (72-27-151) and had 16 service aces. This is also the first20-win season for a Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Team since 1989, as theCowgirls went 24-7 that year. It's also the first time since 1983 that afirst year head coach has won 20.
Wyoming will close out the regular season on the road over the weekend.They will face the Brigham Young Cougars, on Friday night, at 7:00 p.m.,in Provo, Utah and then the Utah Utes, on Saturday night, in Salt LakeCity, Utah at 7:00 p.m.