2000 Cowgirl Volleyball Informational Press Release And Game Notes

Sept. 25, 2000


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Probable Starters:  Here are the probablestarters for this week's matches:

Setter Katy Brown (437, 9.50 aspg)Middle Blocker Rachel Lau (60, 1.03 bpg)Rightside Hitter Barbie Bragg (74, 1.40 dpg)Outside Hitter Michele Rauter 148, 2.64 kpg)Outside Hitter Jamie Burke (195, 3.36 kpg)Def. Specialist Shannon Patrick (51, 1.06 dpg)

Cowgirls Host First Conference Matches: The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyballteam will host the Utah Utes and Brigham Young Cougars in their firsthome conference games of the season. They will play Utah on Friday nightat 7:00 p.m., and BYU on Saturday night at 7:00 p.m.

About Last Week: The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Team opened up the 2000Mountain West Conference season with a three game loss to the nationallyranked Colorado State Rams, on Wednesday night in Ft. Collins. Thefourth ranked Rams dominated game one to open up the match, scoring thefirst eight points. The Cowgirls could only manage to come up with fourpoints to fall, 15-4. The Cowgirls showed some promise in game twoscoring some points early. With the score at 6-4, the Rams would scorethe next four points and open the game up. When the Cowgirls seemed tobe out of it at 14-8, they would hold off three game points and scorefour unanswered. Unfortunately, they couldn't hold off a fourth, andwould go down 15-12 and 0-2 in the match. A change in the match seemedto come about in the third game with the Cowgirls jumping out to a 6-1lead. A lead which the Cowgirls couldn't hold onto, as the Rams wouldwin the game 15-7 and take the match 3-0. The Rams run their record toan impressive 12-1 and 1-0 on the conference season. They were led byCourtney Cox, who finished the night with 16 kills and 12 digs. JuniorAngela Knopf also added 14 kills and six block assists. Freshman MicheleRauter led the way for the Cowgirls with 11 kills and five digs. As ateam, the Cowgirls only hit .125 on the night and finished with fiveteam blocks. The Cowgirls opened up the Golden Dome Invitational with athree game loss to the 24th ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish, on Fridaynight in South Bend, Ind. The Cowgirls would score the opening point ofthe game, but failed to score another falling 15-1 in game one to theIrish. The second game didn't fair much better for Wyoming, as theycontinued to struggle and Notre Dame stayed hot. They would lose thegame 15-5 to go down 0-2 in the match. A fight was put up in the thirdgame, as the Cowgirls managed to score eight points, but the opponentwas too tough. The Irish would take the game 15-8 and the match 3-0.Notre Dame was led by Malinda Goralski, who finished the night with tenkills, six block assists and hit .833. The Irish dominated the Cowgirlswith a .400 hitting percentage and ten team blocks. Seniors Jamie Burkeand Barbie Bragg seemed to be the bright spot for Wyoming. Burkefinished the night with nine kills and four digs, while Bragg added fourkills and a .333 hitting percentage. The Cowgirls were once againplagued by eight service errors and a poor hitting percentage. For thethird consecutive match, the Wyoming Volleyball Team faced a Top 25opponent. The Cowgirls fell to the 22nd ranked, Loyola-Marymount Lions,15-3, 15-12, 15-6 to close out the Golden Dome Invitational on Saturdaynight. The Cowgirls struggles to score points throughout game one.Despite showing some strong hitting, they could only manage to scorethree points to fall 15-3. They would rebound in the second game despitefalling behind 7-2. A 5-0 run by Loyola seemed to put the game out ofreach at 13-6, but the Cowgirls didn't give up scoring six unanswered.That's as close as it would get, and the Lions would take the 2-0 leadin the match. Game three started very similar to the previous two, withWyoming falling behind. Loyola-Marymount was just too tough, as theytook the game 15-6 and the match 3-0. Overall, the Cowgirls hit .211 asa team and finished with ten total team blocks. Senior Jamie Burke ledthe way for the Cowgirls with 11 kills and six digs.

About Utah: The Cowgirls will host the 18th ranked Utah Utes on Fridaynight. They head into this match with a 10-1 overall record and 2-0 inthe conference, with their only loss coming against Arizona. The Utesare led by McKelle Stilson, who is averaging 3.31 kills per game andhitting .322. This is the 42nd meeting between the two schools, Wyomingleads the series 21-20. The Utes are coached by Beth Launiere, who is inher 11th season.

About Brigham Young: Wyoming will play the Brigham Young Cougars tofinish out the weekend on Saturday night. They are currently 9-3overall and 2-0 in the conference coming into the weekend. BrighamYoung enters the weekend ranked 15th in the USA/AVCA Coaches Poll.Junior Nina Puikkonen is averaging 3.86 kills and 1.89 blocks per gameto lead the Cougars. This is the 44th meeting between the two schools,Wyoming trails 3-40. Brigham Young is coached by Elaine Michaelis, whois in her 31st season.

                2000 Record   A Year AgoWyoming         6-10 (0-1)    9-21   (3-11)Utah            10-1 (2-0)    22-10  (10-4)Brigham Young    9-3 (2-0)    28-5   (13-1)

Team CapsulesUtah, Fri., Sept. 29, Laramie, Wyo., 7:00 p.m. Wyoming Series Record vs. Wyoming leads 21-20 2000 Overall Record 10-1 2000 Conference Record 2-0 1999 Overall Record 22-10 1999 Conference Record 10-4 (3rd) Conference Mountain West Head Coach Beth Launiere Alma Mater Aquinas '85 Record at School (Years) 180-138 (10) Career Record (Years) Same Letterwinners Returning/Lost 12/1 Starters Returning/Lost 5/1 Sports Information Contact Julie Lapomarda Sports Information Office Phone (801) 581-3771

Brigham Young, Sat., Sept. 30, Laramie, Wyo., 7:00 p.m. Wyoming Series Record vs. Wyoming trails 3-40 2000 Overall Record 9-3 2000 Conference Record 2-0 1999 Overall Record 28-5 1999 Conference Record 13-1 (1st) Conference Mountain West Head Coach Elaine Michaelis Alma Mater BYU '60 Record at School (Years) 841-209-5 (31) Career Record (Years) Same Letterwinners Returning/Lost 9/4 Starters Returning/Lost 3/3 Sports Information Contact Brett Pyne Sports Information Office Phone (801) 378-4912

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