Volleyball Falls Short At Colorado

Sept. 15, 1999

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

Wyoming at Colorado - Colorado 3-1 - Box Score

The University of Wyoming Cowgirl volleyball team was defeated by the Colorado Buffaloes 3-1.

The Cowgirls started off the match by jumping out to an early 6-2 lead in game one. Colorado would have an answer out scoring the Cowgirls 13-2 to take game one, behind five kills from freshman Meghan Barkman.

Game two saw the Cowgirls fall behind early, and unable to make up significant ground. They were plagued by errors only hitting 30 percent, and ended losing the game 15-7.

"Once again, the same thing different night. We started off the match tentative, waiting to see what the opponents going to do before we decide how good we can be" said head coach Susan Judge. "I'm disappointed we did that tonight, because we had just come off a good win against Oklahoma."

Behind 14 kills and four blocks by Melody Friehauf, Wyoming would hit .286 to pull out a win in game three 15-9.

"I feel we had the talent to beat Colorado, and the girls felt like they were in the match after coming back in the third game. I have to speak well of their ability to comeback and play really hard when they were down 0-2."

But unfortunately the Buffaloes were too much, as they jumped out to an 8-0 margin, before the Cowgirls would score a point. The Cowgirls did not give up scoring nine points in the game, but falling short 15-9.

"We have that fighting spirit on this team, but it's not good to continually put yourself behind the eight ball. That's a trait we'll have to overcome as a young team, and stop it from continuing if we want to be successful."

Junior middle blocker Melody Friehauf was the highlight of the night finishing with 18 kills, five blocks, three assists and hitting .455. As a team, the Cowgirls would finish the night with 18 total blocks, their second highest total of the season.

The Cowgirls are now 5-4 on the season with one non-conference road trip left. They will head back east on Friday to face the James Madison Dukes and the Pittsburgh Panthers over the weekend.