Nov. 18, 2004
Ft. Collins, Colo. -- The Wyoming volleyball team closed out the 2004 season with a four game loss (12-30, 21-30, 30-27, 16-30) against the fourth seeded UNLV Rebels (15-11 overall, 8-6 in the MWC) on Thursday afternoon in Ft. Collins.
It was all UNLV to begin the match as they took a 10-2 lead. The Cowgirls tried to battle back in to the game, but struggled to put a consistent string of points together. Everything seemed to go the Rebels way as they increased their lead with an 11-7 run to go up 20-9. Despite being down, Wyoming continued to fight and pulled within ten, but that would be as close as they would get. UNLV would score the final nine of ten points to take game one 30-12. As a team, the Cowgirls struggled offensively hitting -.042 (7-9-48) compared to .325 (17-4-40) by the Rebels.
The Rebels scored the first three points to being game two, but Wyoming came back with a 4-1 run to even things up at four all. UNLV responded with a 9-2 run to open up a seven point advantage, 13-6. The Cowgirls tried to battle their way back in it by scoring the next three of four points, but once again the Rebels answered with 8-3 run to go up 22-12. Despite being out scored, the Rebels would take the game 30-21 and a 2-0 lead in the match.
The two teams traded points back and forth to begin game three. Down 10-8, the Cowgirls got some momentum going by scoring six unanswered to take their first significant lead of the match 14-10. UNLV responded with a 5-2 run to pull within one, 16-15. Wyoming continued to maintain a small lead, until the Rebels tied things up at 21 all and the battle was on. The Cowgirls seemed to gain some control in the game by taking a two point lead, 27-25, which was quickly tied up by UNLV. Wyoming kept their composure and scored the final three points to win the game 30-27.
Wyoming once again fell behind early in game four 7-1, and really struggled to score points. The Rebels really seemed to get back in sync as they maintained a seven to eight point advantage. The Cowgirls pulled to within five, 15-10, but UNLV answered back with five straight points to regain a 20-10 lead. Unfortunately in the end, the Cowgirls couldn't pull it out as they fell 30-16 and 3-1 in the match.
"I think it goes to the changing of the culture and developing a winning attitude," said head coach Pat Stangle. "When we're in the match, we need to learn how to have that type of attitude, and today in games one and two we didn't have that. UNLV is a team that played very well and certainly weren't invincible, and unfortunately we didn't take advantage of that."
The Cowgirls were led by freshmen Rachel Smith and Andrea Tuck. Smith finished with a team high 16 kills, along with ten digs, while Tuck recorded 12 kills and four digs. Freshman libero Michelle Weydert also recorded a career high 17 kills. Wyoming struggled on the offensive end as they hit .155 (51-26-161) on the day.
The Rebels were led by Tarin Keith who notched 23 kills, nine digs and hit .386 (23-6-44) for the match. As a team, UNLV hit .362 (72-18-149) and finished with 12 total team blocks.
The Cowgirls wrap up the season with a 13-14 overall record and a 6-8 mark in the Mountain West Conference.