Cowgirl Volleyball Swept in First Round of MWC Championship

Nov. 23, 2006

LAS VEGAS, Nev. -

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The Wyoming Cowgirl volleyball team (13-15 overall, 7-9 in the MWC) closed out their season with a three game loss (30-22, 30-25, 30-23) to the fourth seeded UNLV Rebels (20-9 overall, 10-6 in the MWC) in the opening round of the MWC Tournament, on Thursday, in Las Vegas.

"Unfortunately, we struggled once again at the tournament," said UW head coach Pat Stangle. "It was a match that you have to get ready for and obviously we didn't. It's something we need to figure out, because we certainly have the ability to play a lot better than we did."

Rachel Smith led the way for the Cowgirls with 14 kills, six digs and three block assists. Senior Andrea Seele also finished in double-figures with 12 kills and three block assists. Outside hitter Annie Meyers had 13 digs followed by Carissa Lee with ten. As a team, Wyoming hit .167 (46-22-144) for the match and had six total team blocks.

UNLV was led by Maria Aladjova and Lauren Miramontes who both had 13 kills, while three players finished with double-digits in digs. They hit .342 (51-12-114) for the match and had 13 total team blocks.

The Cowgirls opened up the first game by taking an early 6-3 lead, which was answered with a 7-1 by UNLV to give them a three-point lead, 10-7. They extended that by scoring the next four of seven to make it 14-10. Wyoming scored three straight to pull within one, but the Rebels responded with a 7-3 run to go up by five, 21-16. Unfortunately, the Cowgirls could not pull any closer as UNLV took the first game 30-22.

In game two, Wyoming took a small 3-1 lead, but UNLV answered with a 9-3 scoring run to gain a four point advantage, 10-6. The Cowgirls pulled to within three, 12-9, unfortunately the Rebels ran off three straight points to extend the lead to six, 15-9, and eventually nine, 21-12. A 7-5 run by Wyoming pulled them to within six, 25-19, and then three, 27-24. It wouldn't be enough as UNLV scored the final three of four to win the game, 30-25.

The Cowgirls took the lead once again to begin game three, 5-2. UNLV would respond with a 5-2 run to even it up at seven all. Over the next several points, there were five lead changes and five ties to make it 14-14 all. The Rebels went on a 4-2 run to take a two point lead, 18-16, but Wyoming quickly tied it up at 18. Unfortunately, UNLV scored the next five of seven to take a three-point lead, 23-20. The Cowgirls pulled to within one, 23-22, but in the end they couldn't over come the deficit as they fell 30-23 in the game and 3-0 in the match.

The Cowgirls finish the year with an overall record of 13-15 and a 7-9 mark in the Mountain West Conference.