Cowgirl Volleyball Falls in Five to Cougars

Nov. 15, 2002

at BYU L 3-2

Provo, Utah - Despite coming back from a 2-0 deficit,the Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Team (20-9 overall, 5-8 MWC) lost aheartbreaking match, 3-2, against the Brigham Young Cougars (12-15overall, 7-6 MWC), on Friday night in Provo.

The Cowgirls opened up the first game with the early 6-2 advantage, butBYU answered with a 9-3 run to take their first lead of the match 12-9.An 8-5 run by Wyoming not only tied the game, but put them on top 18-17and the battle was on. With it tied up at 22 all, the Cougars wouldtake the lead for good, as they outscored the Cowgirls 8-3 to win thegame 30-25.

Brigham Young was the team to go on top early in the second game 10-6,which would grow to 18-8 after a 8-2 run. It didn't get any easier forthe Cowgirls as the Cougar defense only allowed six more points to takethe game, 30-14 and a 2-0 lead in the match.

Wyoming started out the third game with an 11-5 lead, but it was theCougars who would fight their way back into the game. BYU went on an11-4 run to take a 17-15 advantage. The Cowgirls hung tough and cameback from a 25-20 deficit by outscoring BYU 10-3 to win game three30-28.

It was all Cougars to start the fourth game, as they jumped out to the9-2 lead. The Cowgirls closed within three points, 10-7, but BYU openedup another five point lead. Down 15-10, Wyoming made a 9-3 rally totake their first lead of the game 19-18. It was a battle of wills afterthat as both teams traded points back and forth. The Cowgirls took thefirst significant lead of the game 27-24 and would hold off several runsby the Cougars to win the game 30-28 to force a fifth and deciding game.

BYU was the first team to strike in the fifth game going up 7-3. TheCowgirls continued to fight and closed within one point, 11-10, but fellshort in the game 15-12 and the match 3-2.

"You really saw BYU play a great match and the top of their game," saidhead coach Jim Barnes. "We weren't playing our best, but you saw ourkids just pouring their hearts out on the court, trying to scratch awayat this match. I'm really proud of the kids and how they represented theUniversity of Wyoming with fighting hard and finding ways to win.Unfortunately in that fifth game BYU just executed a little bit betterthat us and deserved to win this match."

Four Cowgirls finished the night in double-figures in kills, includingjunior outside hitter Michele Rauter. She finished the night with a teamleading 15 kills and 12 digs. Sophomore Sara Maytorena and junior LeahPowers both finished the evening with 12 kills respectively. As a team,the Cowgirls struggled hitting only .148 (59-32-182).

The Cowgirls will close out their weekend with a match-up against theUtah Utes, on Saturday night, in Salt Lake City at 7:00 p.m.