Volleyball Defeats Fresno State, Loses to BYU at WAC Tournament

November 30, 1998

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The Wyoming Cowgirls ended their season this last weekend by going 1-1, in defeating Fresno State and losing to BYU, both matches at the WAC Tournament. UW finished the season with a record of 16-14 overall, 10-4 in WAC matches.

Wyoming's first match of the week was on Tuesday, Nov. 24, against the Fresno State Bulldogs. Game one was very competitve with no team really taking control. With the score tied at nine the Cowgirls would go on a 4-0 run to take a 13-9 lead. The Bulldogs would get as close as 13-11, but it wasn't enough as Wyoming would take the game 15-11. The Cowgirls would take control early of game two, jumping out to 7-3 lead. They would extend that lead to 13-6, but FSU never gave up going on a 6-2 run of their own. It would take Wyoming seven game points before finally winning the game 15-12. The Bulldogs would come out fired up in game three by taking the early lead 7-4. Wyoming would tie the score at eight and never fall behind again. The Cowgirls won the third game 15-10, to take the match 3-0.

Wyoming was led by senior outside hitter Anne Stohrer, who had 13 kills, five digs and hit .357. The Cowgirls hit .237 for the match and had ten total blocks.

The Cowgirls second match of the tournament was on Tuesday, Nov. 25, against nationally ranked Brigham Young Cougars, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Cowgirls played the Cougars tough in game one. The game would go back and forth, with BYU unable to shake the Cowgirls loose. Down 8-12, the Cowgirls would come back to tie BYU 13-13, but they just didn't have enough to finish falling 13-15 in game one. The Cougars showed their dominance in games two and three allowing the Cowgirls to score only eight total points in the final two games. Wyoming would fall 5-15, 3-15 to loose the match 0-3.

The Cowgirls were led by sophomore middle blocker Melody Friehauf, who had 12 kills, two digs and hit .435 for the match. Wyoming hit only .147 for the match compared to BYU's .358. They would also finish the match with six total blocks.