Cowgirl Volleyball Falls in First Round of MWC Tournament

Nov. 24, 2005

LAS VEGAS, Nev. -

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The Wyoming Cowgirl volleyball team (12-16 overall, 7-9 in the MWC) wrapped up the 2005 season with a disappointing three game loss (30-24, 30-23, 30-18) to the Utah Utes (20-8, 11-5 in the MWC) on Thursday morning in Las Vegas at the Mountain West Conference Tournament.

"We weren't prepared to play at the level that we had been the last couple of matches," said head coach Pat Stangle. "We need to put ourselves in a position to compete and we didn't do a good job of that today. We need to use this experience and take it in to this spring and next year to help us grow as a team."

Freshman Kelsey Loop and Rachel Smith led the way for the Cowgirls as they recorded nine kills each. Smith also had five digs. Libero Michelle Weydert had a match high 15 digs. Wyoming hit just .102 (37-26-108) and had only 3.5 total team blocks.

For Utah, Airial Salvo had a match high 12 kills and six digs followed by Shelly Sommerfelt with 11 kills and a .370 (11-1-27) hitting percentage. The Utes hit .342 (50-12-111) as a team and had 18 total team blocks.

Utah opened up game one by taking an early 4-1 lead which was answered by a Wyoming 6-1 run to take their first lead of the match 7-5. The Utes tied it up at seven and once again a couple of points by UW put them up two 9-7. Momentum then shifted towards Utah as they scored 11 straight points to take a double-digit lead 19-9. The Cowgirls tried to close the gap and pulled to within five points, 22-17, but Utah would extend it back up to seven points, 26-19. Four points from Wyoming brought them to within three, 26-23, unfortunately they would fall 30-24.

In game two, the Utah again took an early 5-3 which the Cowgirls quickly tied up at 5-5. The Utes responded with five straight to go up 10-5, but Wyoming went on a 7-1 run to take the lead 12-11. The lead went back and forth until the Utes took a three point advantage 19-16. Wyoming pulled to within one, 22-21, unfortunately Utah scored the next eight of ten to win the game 30-23, in order to take a 2-0 lead in the match.

Wyoming opened up the third game by scoring the first six of then to go up by two 6-4. Utah responded with a 9-2 run to regain a five point advantage, 14-9. The Cowgirls pulled to within three 15-12 unfortunately the Utes increased their lead with an 8-2 run, 22-14. It would never be close as Utah took the game 30-18 and the match 3-0.

The Cowgirls finish the year with an overall record of 12-16 and a 7-9 mark in the Mountain West Conference.