Nov. 16, 2006
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball team (12-14 overall, 6-9 MWC) began their last weekend of regular season conference play on a high note with a three game sweep (30-14, 30-22, 30-22) against the TCU Horned Frogs (17-14 overall, 5-11 MWC) on Thursday night in Laramie.
"We not only hit well, but we kept our errors and the blocks down tonight," said head coach Pat Stangle. "Anytime you do that at home you're going to be tough to beat.
"I told the team not to get discouraged by the road trip last week. I thought we played well against Utah and against BYU it was a night that everything came together for them. So this week we didn't do anything different in practice and I think that helped us going in to this match."
Wyoming was led by junior outside hitter Rachel Smith, who recorded a match high 15 kills and a .400 (15-3-30) hitting percentage, while adding seven digs and one block solo. Lauren Smith followed with ten kills, a .421 (10-2-19) hitting percentage and two block assists. Annie Meyers recorded nine kills, while Andrea Seele chipped in eight. Samantha Eley led the way with 22 digs, while setter Tasha Weishahn had 37 assists and ten digs. The Cowgirls hit .330 (51-13-115) for the match and had seven total team blocks.
TCU was led my LeMeita Smith who had a team high seven kills followed by Anna Vaughn with five and several other players with four. Libero Calli Corley had a team high 14 digs. The Frogs hit .099 (31-20-111) for the match and recorded eight total team blocks.
After falling behind 2-1 in game one, the Cowgirls went on an 8-1 run to go up six, 9-3. The Horned Frogs scored a couple of points to pull within five, 10-5, but Wyoming answered with six of the next eight to make it a nine point lead, 16-7. TCU made a small 3-1 run to pull within seven 17-10. Wyoming extended the lead to double-figures 23-13, and would close out the game on a 7-1 run to make it 30-14.
Wyoming took an early 3-1 lead in game two, but TCU came back with a 5-2 run to gain a one-point lead, 6-5. Over the next several points there would be seven ties and seven lead changes to make it 13-13. The Cowgirls would score the next five straight to take an 18-13 lead. TCU answered with a 3-1 run to pull within three 19-16. Wyoming came back by scoring 11 of the next 17 points to win the game 30-22 to take a 2-0 lead in the match.
The Cowgirls dominated the beginning of game three by opening up a 10-0 lead. TCU rallied back with a 7-3 scoring run to pull within six, 13-7. Wyoming responded by scoring seven of ten to go back up 20-10. The Frogs answered with another 9-3 run to make it a four point game 23-19. Wyoming kept their composure and held TCU to only three points the remainder of the way to win the game 30-22 and the match 3-0.
Wyoming will wrap up the regular season against the New Mexico Lobos, on Saturday, Nov. 18. The match is set to begin at 2:00 p.m. in the afternoon.