Wyoming Wraps Up Regular Season With Win Over New Mexico

Nov. 19, 2005

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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The Wyoming Cowgirl volleyball team (12-15 overall, 7-9 in the MWC) closed out the regular season with a three game sweep (30-21, 30-18, 30-22) against the New Mexico Lobos (14-13 overall, 6-10 in the MWC) on Saturday night in Laramie.

"I was not only happy with the way we played this week, but how we recovered from starting 0-6 in conference play," said head coach Pat Stangle. "Ever since we swept the Air Force and New Mexico road trip the confidence of this team to play a complete match has really come through. What made tonight significant is that it's our third match in four days and we came out and just played volleyball."

Freshman Kelsey Loop led the way for the Cowgirls as she recorded 15 kills while hitting .500 (15-2-26). She was followed by Rachel Smith with 13 kills and Andrea Seele with nine. Libero Michelle Weydert recorded a team high 14 digs. Wyoming hit .319 (49-12-116) and had five total team blocks.

Wyoming started off the match on a great note as they jumped out to a 9-2 advantage. The Lobos battled back with five unanswered to pull within two, 9-7. The Cowgirls quickly regained a four point lead, 12-8, but another run brought New Mexico to within one, 15-14. UW would answer by scoring the next seven of nine to jump up 22-16. Again UNM tried one more come back to make the score 22-20, but the Cowgirls closed out the game on an 8-1 run to win 30-21.

In game two, the Cowgirls took the lead 11-6, and would increase that to double-figures, 21-10, after a 10-4 run. The Lobos would never get any closer than seven points as Wyoming won the game 30-18 to take a 2-0 lead in the match.

It was all Cowgirls from the beginning as they took an 11-2 lead. They would hold an eight or nine point advantage until New Mexico went on a 10-3 run to pull within three, 23-20. Eventually Wyoming would pull it out 30-22 to win the match in three games.

The Cowgirls will now head to Las Vegas, Nev. to participate in the MWC Volleyball Championships set to begin on Thursday, Nov. 24. It is yet to be determined who the Cowgirls will play.