Cowgirl Volleyball Falls In First Round of the MWC Tournament

Nov. 16, 2000

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The Wyoming Cowgirl VolleyballTeam finished up the 2000 volleyball season by losing in the first roundof the Mountain West Conference Tournament, Thursday, in Ft Collins. TheCowgirls came up short against the 13th ranked Brigham Young Cougars infour games, 15-6, 15-.5, 7-15, 15-5.

Brigham Young took a 4-1 advantage early in game one, and built ontheir lead from that. With the 10-3 in favor of the Cougars, theCowgirls tried to fight back to get only as close as 10-5. They wouldfall 15-6.

The Cougars picked up in game two were they left off by taking a 7-0lead before the Cowgirls even scored a point. With the score at 12-3,the Cowgirls would try to make a come back scoring a couple of points.Unfortunately, it was a little too late and despite holding off fivegame points, Brigham Young would take the game 15-6 and a 2-0 lead inthe match.

Wyoming didn't give up in the match coming out to take an early 4-2lead in the third game. With the score tied at six all, the Cowgirlsscored the next eight straight points to run the score to 14-6. BrighamYoung would hold off two game points, but a kill by freshman MelissaRobinett sealed the 15-7 victory for Wyoming.

Brigham Young rebounded in the fourth game taking the early 4-1advantage. The Cowgirls would hang close, but it wasn't enough as theywould fall short 15-5.

Freshmen Michele Rauter and Melissa Robinett were the big stories forthe Cowgirls. Rauter finished the match with 13 kills and ten digs,while Robinett finished with six kills and four digs. Senior MelodyFriehauf ended her career today with 12 kills and four blocks. Shefinishes her career with 1,297 kills and 618 blocks. On the night,Wyoming only hit .095 and seven total team blocks.

"It was a typical Wyoming performance in that we have great points inthe match, but then unfortunately go the other way, which was a littledisappointing. I am proud of what I see happening on our team, and justvery excited about next year. I would like to start practice next week,but I think my players would kill me."

"Our goal was to beat BYU and we underachieved. We're working ondeveloping leadership, and the ultimate goal is to creep up and be amongthe elite ourselves. The issue isn't defense, it's an intensity factor,a focus factor. We have the ability to plan really well, it comes downto what we are focused on."

The Cowgirls finish the season 10-22 overall and 2-12 in the MountainWest Conference.