Nov. 14, 2003
Laramie, Wyoming (Nov. 14, 2003) -- The Wyoming volleyball team (15-14 overall, 4-9 in the MWC) broke a six match losing streak with a four game victory over the New Mexico Lobos (4-23 overall, 1-12 in the MWC) on Friday night in Laramie. The scores were 31-29, 22-30, 42-40, 30-28.
The Lobos took the lead to begin game one, 7-4, but Wyoming answered with three straight points to even things up. New Mexico quickly responded with a 6-1 run to go up five, 13-8. The Cowgirls kept their composure and scored the next 11 of 15 points to take their first lead of the game, 19-18. From that point, the two teams traded points back and forth with neither taking a lead larger than two. With the score tied at 24, Wyoming would score three straight points, but UNM stormed back to even the score. Finally, the Cowgirls would hold off a Lobo game point to come away with a 31-29 win.
It was close to start the second game until the Lobos went on a 10-2 run to open up a 17-8 lead. The Cowgirls hung tough despite their struggles on the offensive side of the ball. A 7-2 run from Wyoming pulled them to within five, but their comeback would fall short as the Lobos would close out the game 30-22.
Wyoming took a very early 3-1 lead, but the Lobos quickly tied i up. It was back and forth scoring until the Cowgirls went on a 5-2 run to gain a three point advantage. New Mexico responded by scoring the next six of eight to regain the lead,
13-12. It was point for point from each of the teams with neither taking a significant lead. With the score tied at 18 all, UNM made a small run to go up 22-19, but the Cowgirls answered by scoring the next five of seven points to tie the score at 24. The game seemed to go on forever and it did as neither team wanted to lose this game, but finally Wyoming would score two straight points to come away with game three 42-40.
After the Lobos jumped out to a 5-1 lead, the Cowgirls answered with a 6-2 run to tie the score at seven. Not to be out done New Mexico battled back to go up 11-9, but again the Cowgirls would even things up. The score went back and forth until UNM took a three point lead which quickly disappeared. The momentum seemed to shift Wyoming's way as they went on a 7-3 run to take a 26-22 lead, but the Lobos scored six straight to take a two point lead, 28-26. The Cowgirls wrapped up the match by scoring the final four points to take the game 30-28 and the match 3-1.
"It was a battle back and forth tonight," head coach Jim Barnes said. "I'm proud of the way we fought back, showed heart and determination to find a way to win. It was our goal tonight to play like winners and that came through tonight."
Three players finished the night in double-figures including true freshman Andrea Seele. She finished with a career high 22 kills, along with hitting a team high .326 (22-7-46). Michele Rauter chipped in 19 kills along with 11 digs, while Sara Maytorena recorded ten kills. Senior setter Katy Brown, who filled in for injured Amy Doman, set a season high with 59 assists only two short of her career high. As a team, the Cowgirls finished the night hitting .223 (66-26-179) and out blocked the Lobos 9.5 to 6.5.
"I'm extremely proud of Katy (Brown)," said Barnes. "She found out last minute that she was going to play tonight, and she did exactly what we needed to win. It really shows that she's working hard in practice to step in like she did tonight. Andrea Seele also had a career night and had some big kills for us on offense. I think the biggest key for us was having Michele all the way around for the first time in a long time. Her steadiness helped keep us in the match, and I pleased with that."
The Cowgirls will wrap up the regular conference season tomorrow night against the Air Force Academy Falcons at 7:00 p.m. in the MPG.