Cowgirl Volleyball Falls Short Against Rebels

Nov. 9, 2000

LARAMIE, Wyo. - * WYOMING at UNLV - UNLV 3-1 - Box Score

In a battle of wills, the WyomingCowgirl Volleyball Team came up short in four games to the UNLV Rebelsin Las Vegas, Nev., on Thursday night.

The opening game of the match was one of several lead changes with noteam clearly taking control. The Rebels struck first taking the early3-1 lead, but it didn't last long as Wyoming came back to tie the scoreand take a 6-3 lead. With an eight all tie, the Cowgirls seemed to gainthe advantage running off three straight points, but UNLV had otherideas scoring three points of their own. Wyoming finally closed out thegame 15-11. The Rebels came out fired up in game two with the 9-1advantage. With the score virtually in control by UNLV at 11-2, theCowgirls made a run of their own to close the gap, 11-8. Unfortunately,it wasn't enough with the Rebels winning the game 15-8 to tie the matchup at one game a piece.

UNLV picked up were they left off in game three with an early 6-3 lead,but the Cowgirls showed some integrity fighting back to tie the score atsix. Unfortunately, UNLV would score the next nine of eleven points totake the game 15-8.

The Rebels would close the match out with a 15-5 win in the fourth gameand a 3-1 victory.

Rightside hitter Michelle Johnson led the way for the Rebels with 13kills, five block assists and a .462 hitting percentage. UNLV hit .350on the night and finished with 11 total team blocks.

The Cowgirls were led senior middle blocker, who notched 12 kills, fourblock assists and a .375 hitting percentage. A poor hitting nightseemed to be the downfall for the Cowgirls, as they had 47 kills and 125attempts for a .160 percentage.

"I was very pleased with the way we came out at the beginning of thematch," said head coach Susan Judge. "We played with some realintensity, and had some momentum going. Unfortunately for us, they madeadjustments to what we were doing and started to play better. We didn'tmake the adjustments, which hurt us throughout the rest of the match. Asa group now, we just need to refocus and get ready for San Diego Stateon Saturday night."

Wyoming now moves to 10-20 overall and 2-11 in the Mountain WestConference. They will now travel to San Diego, Calif., to face the SanDiego State Aztecs on Saturday night at 8:00 p.m.