Cowgirls Make Short Work of Horned Frogs in Laramie

Nov. 16, 2005

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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The Wyoming Cowgirl volleyball team (10-15 overall, 5-9 in the MWC) opened up a three game home stand with a three game sweep (30-19, 30-22, 30-19) against the TCU Horned Frogs (15-17 overall, 3-13 in the MWC) on Wednesday night in Laramie.

"This was a nice win for us tonight," said head coach Pat Stangle. "More importantly it gets us out of the eight/nine game on Tuesday in the conference tournament. We've got a chance to move up with some wins this weekend if we continue to play well. For the last month this team has really matured. They've started to develop an identity in that we come ready to play and that's all we can ask."

Sophomore Rachel Smith led the way for the Cowgirls as she finished her night with 13 kills, five digs and no hitting errors, while hitting .481 (13-0-27). She was followed by Lauren Scott and Andrea Seele with nine kills each. The Cowgirls hit .353 (45-9-102) for the match and had five total team blocks.

TCU was led by Talaya Whitfield who had 15 kills and 13 digs. Nirelle Hampton also reached double-figures with 11 kills and 28 assists. The Frogs struggled hitting only .085 (41-31-117) for the match.

Wyoming jumped out early to take a 6-2 lead. TCU pulled to within two, 7-5, but the Cowgirls scored the next five of eight to go up by four, 12-8. The Frogs scored the next two points while UW responded with a 10-2 run to go up double-figures, 22-12. TCU wouldn't go away quietly as they made a small 5-1 run to bring the score to 23-17, but the Cowgirls would close it out 30-19.

It was close in the early going of the second game until the Cowgirls took a 9-6 advantage. They would increase that lead to eight, 20-12, after a 10-5 scoring run. Despite falling behind, the Frogs continued to battle and pulled to within six, 211-5. Unfortunately, it wouldn't be enough as Wyoming closed it out 30-22 to take a 2-0 lead in the match.

Game three was tight until the Frogs went up by the score of 6-3. The Cowgirls came back with an 8-1 run to go up 11-7. They increased the lead to nine, 21-12 after scoring the next 10 of 15 points. TCU tried to hang in their and went on a small 5-2 run to pull within six, 23-17. It wouldn't be enough as UW closed it out to take the game 30-19 and the match 3-0.

The Cowgirls will close out the regular season this week at home as they host two home matches. They will welcome Air Force, on Friday, Nov. 18, and New Mexico, on Saturday, Nov. 19. Both matches will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the UniWyo Sports Complex.