Nov. 15, 2003
Laramie, Wyoming (Nov. 15, 2003) -- The Wyoming volleyball team (15-15 overall, 4-10 in the MWC) fell in three games (26-30, 28-30, 26-30) to the Air Force Academy Falcons (14-14 overall, 4-10 overall) on Saturday night in Laramie.
After the Cowgirls took an early 3-2 lead, Air Force scored five straight to go up 7-3. Wyoming quickly tied it up and the battle was on as the score went back and forth. Down 14-12, the Falcons went on a 7-4 run to take a three point lead 21-18. Despite a fight from the Cowgirls, Air Force would hold on to that lead for the remainder of the way by scoring the final nine of 17 to take game one, 30-26. Wyoming struggled offensively hitting only .258 (13-5-31) compared to .438 (20-6-32) by Air Force.
The Falcons again jumped out to grab the lead in the second game, 6-3, but the Cowgirls scored the next four of six to pull within one. It was short lived as Air Force went back up 11-8, but a determined Wyoming team went on an 8-5 run to tie it up at 16. They just couldn't seem to score the next point as the Falcons went up 19-16. Down by that same score, the Cowgirls went on another run to take their first lead of the game, 23-21, which was answered by a 5-3 run from Air Force to even the score at 26. It would go down to the wire with the Falcons coming out on top 30-28.
Wyoming fell behind to begin the third game, but battled back scoring the next seven of ten to even up the score at ten all, and they would then go on a 7-4 scoring run to go up 17-14. The Falcons fought back to pull within one, but the Cowgirls kept their composure and scored eight of twelve to take a five point lead. Then it was Air Force's turn as they would out score the Cowgirls 10-1 to take the game 30-26 and the match 3-0.
The Cowgirls were led by freshman Andrea Seele, who finished with a team high ten kills. Junior middle blocker Jill Roslund finished the night by hitting .357 (7-2-14). As a team, they hit .168 (38-20-107), while only recording 28 digs.
"The weekend started on a high note by defeating New Mexico," said head coach Jim Barnes. "We knew tonight would be much tougher and we'd have to play better because Air Force is a better team. They always play strong against us and really out played us tonight."
Next up for the Cowgirls is the Mountain West Conference Championships, Thursday Nov. 20 through Saturday Nov. 22, in San Diego, California.