Nov. 15, 2001
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Team(9-15 overall, 4-10 MWC) closed out the 2001 season with a three gameloss, 30-13, 30-16, 30-23, to the 18th ranked Brigham Young Cougars(19-6 overall, 10-4 MWC), on Thursday night, at the Mountain WestConference Championship.
The Cougars came out and established themselves early in the first gameallowing the Cowgirls to only score four points to take the 16-4 lead.After that Brigham Young closed out the game going on a 14-5 run and afinal of 30-13.
Game two started out very similar to the first with Brigham Youngtaking the early 12-4 advantage. The Cowgirls were never really in it,as the Cougars would win the game 30-16 and take a 2-0 lead in thematch.
Despite a good effort by the Cowgirls, BYU closed out the match with a30-23 score in game three taking the match 3-0. Brigham Young will facethe Utah Utes in the semi-final match tomorrow night.
Senior Rachel Lau finished her night with 11 kills and hit .200 on theevening to lead the Cowgirls. For her career, she finishes sixth inservice aces and ninth in blocks all-time in school history, plusrecorded 788 career kills.
"Obviously, this wasn't the outcome we were looking for," said headcoach Susan Steadman. "We didn't come out very aggressively, maybe wewere a little nervous, but we were not able to get into our offensebecause of our poor serve receive. BYU is too good of a team to givefree balls and easy points, and that was essentially how we started outthe match. We fought hard to get back into the flow of things, but itwas too late."
"I was proud of the way Rachel Lau played tonight. She really has beenour steady player throughout the year. I wish we could have come out alittle more aggressively, because BYU got the momentum from thebeginning and we weren't able to stop that."
This marked the third time these two teams met this season and thefourth time in as many years they've matched up in post-season play. TheCowgirls finish the 2001 Volleyball Season with a 9-15 overall recordand 4-10 mark in the Mountain West Conference.