Nov. 16, 2007
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Three Cowgirl seniors played for the last time in Laramie, and the Wyoming volleyball team (12-13 overall, 6-10 in the MWC) closed out the regular conference season with a three game sweep (30-16, 30-25, 30-25) of the Air Force Academy Falcons (7-23 overall, 0-16 in the MWC) on Friday night.
"We had a number of goals in this match," said UW head coach Pat Stangle. "We wanted to come away with a win and get everyone some playing time. It was a battle in game three and we had to fight back since there were a lot of emotions going in to the night with it being the seniors' last home match. Air Force played well tonight and you have to give them credit, they really gave us a run."
With 14 kills, Cowgirl senior Rachel Smith moved in to first place all-time in school history with 1,538. The record was held previously by Ronda Munger, who played from 1984-87, with 1,536. Fellow senior Angie Hellbaum also had a great night as she recorded 17 kills and 13 digs. As a team, they hit .252 (49-22-107) and out blocked the Falcons 10-7.
Caroline Kurtz led the way for Air Force with eight kills and 11 digs followed by Nichole Stilwell with five. The Falcons struggled as a team hitting -.020 (26-28-101) on the night.
The Cowgirls took an early 4-1 lead. Air Force scored the next two points to within one, 4-3, but Wyoming ran off six straight points to make it 10-3. The Falcons would get the next point and the Cowgirls would respond with an 8-2 run to go back up by double-figures 18-5. Air Force answered back by scoring nine of twelve to pull within seven, 21-14. Wyoming kept their composure and finished out the game on a 9-2 run to win the game 30-16.
It was back and forth through the first 12 points as it was all even at six. The Cowgirls went on a 5-2 run to go up 11-8. Air Force pulled to within two, 12-10, but Wyoming answered with an 8-2 scoring run to make the score 20-12. The Falcons came back with four unanswered which made the score 20-16. Despite playing even the rest of the way, the Cowgirls would come away with the game 30-25 and a 2-0 lead in the match.
The Falcons came out and took a 6-3 lead in game three. UW scored three straight to even it up at six all. Over the next several points the two teams played even until a 6-2 run by Air Force gave them a 15-11 advantage. They continued to maintain that lead for a majority of the game. The Cowgirls would pull to within one twice until they finally evened things up at 24 all. They would take the lead at 26-25 and never look back winning the game 30-25 and the match 3-0.