Four Game Loss at Utah for Cowgirl Volleyball

Nov. 11, 2005

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah -

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The Wyoming Cowgirl volleyball team (9-14 overall, 4-8 in the MWC) started off the weekend with a tough four game loss (30-27, 26-30, 26-30, 17-30) against the Utah Utes (18-6 overall, 10-3 in the MWC) on Friday night in Salt Lake City.

"We took game one which got us off to a great start and we were in it during games two and three, but just couldn't finish," said head coach Pat Stangle. "We're playing well right now, but Utah is a good team and really used the home court to their advantage. I was proud of our team, because I felt we put ourselves in a position to win this one, we just need to learn how to play better on the road."

Five Cowgirls finished the night in double-digits, including sophomore Rachel Smith, She recorded a match high 17 kills along with 12 digs. Freshman Kelsey Loop had 11 kills followed by Angie Hellbaum, Lauren Scott and Andrea Seele with ten. Libero Michelle Weydert had a team high 21 digs, while freshman Tasha Weishahn had 14. Wyoming hit .146 (63-35-192) for the match.

Utah was led by freshman Airial Salvo, who had 15 kills and 13 digs. The Utes hit .243 (66-22-181) for the match and out blocked the Cowgirls 16-7.

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 tied at six all, the Cowgirls scored the next eight of fourteen to go up by two, 14-12. The Utes answered with a 4-1 run to regain the lead by one. Wyoming wouldn't back down as they out scored Utah 8-4 to take their largest lead of the game 24-20. The Utes rallied back to pull within one, but UW maintained their advantage and went back up by three 27-24, and would hold them off to take the first game, 30-27.

Utah quickly took charge in the early going of the second game as they went up 10-6. The Cowgirls responded with an 11-3 run to regain the lead 17-13. They couldn't hold on as the Utes ran off the next seven of nine points to even it up at 19 all. Wyoming seemed to gain the upper hand one more time as they went back up by three 23-20 unfortunately the Utah had other ideas. They out scored the Cowgirls 10-3 including the last four straight to win the game, 30-26.

Neither team really gained the upper hand to begin the third game until a 7-3 run by Utah put them up 15-11. They would maintain a four to five point advantage while the Cowgirls struggled to string of points together on a consistent basis. Unfortunately, Wyoming only managed to pull within two points as Utah took the game 30-26 and a 2-1 lead in the match.

Utah dominated the fourth game as they took the lead early and never looked back. They would win 30-17 and 3-1 in the match.

The Cowgirls will close out the weekend tomorrow night against the 16th-ranked BYU Cougars, on Saturday, Nov. 12, at 7:00 p.m. in Provo.