Cowgirls Come Home To Host Utes And Cougars In Conference Play

Oct. 14, 2002

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Coming Up For the Cowgirls:
The Cowgirls will be at home this weekend to host acouple of conference match-ups. They host the nationally ranked Utah Utes, on Friday, and theBrigham Young Cougars, on Saturday night. Both matches are at 7:00 p.m. in theMultiPurpose Gym.

Maytorena Named MWC VolleyballPlayer of the Week:
Wyoming outside hitterSara Maytorena was named Mountain WestConference Volleyball Player of the Week, markingher first overall award.

A 6-1 sophomore from Parker, Colo. (PonderosaHS), Maytorena led the Cowgirls to their secondtournament title this season after winning the WarEagle Invitational in Auburn, Ala., with a 3-0 record.Maytorena, named MVP of the tournament, pacedWyoming to victories over Middle Tennessee Stateand North Carolina-Greensboro Friday by totaling 16kills, 22 digs and five blocks in the two matches. Inthe championship match vs. Auburn, she hit acareer-high .706 with 13 kills and nine digs as theCowgirls completed the tournament sweep. To startthe week, she tallied 20 kills, 14 digs and a .459hitting percentage in a five-game win at Idaho Stateon Tuesday.

For the week, Maytorena totaled 49 kills (3.5kpg), 45 digs (3.21 dpg) and 11 blocks (.79 bpg),while hitting .408 (49-9-98).

Maytorena is currently averaging 3.59 kills, 2.08digs and one block per game. She is also leading theteam in hitting percentage at .343 (219-69-437).Cowgirls Picked Sixth in MWC

Preseason Coaches' Poll:
In a vote of theeight head coaches in the Mountain WestConference, the University of Wyoming was pickedto finish sixth in the 2002 Mountain WestConference race.

Utah is the favorite to win the 2002 MWC titleafter earning six first-place votes and 48 points.Defending regular season champion Colorado Statewas second with 40 points, while BYU was thirdwith 39 points. San Diego State was picked fourthfor the third straight year, followed by UNLV,Wyoming, New Mexico and Air Force.

The 2002 season opens Aug. 30-31 with alleight league teams participating in tournamentplay. Highlighting the MWC non-conference slateare 19 matches vs. teams ranked in the 2002USAToday/AVCA Top 25 preseason poll, andanother 47 matches vs. 2001 NCAA Tournamentteams. The conference season gets underway Sept. 7when Wyoming visits Colorado State. The remainingMWC teams begin conference action Sept. 27-28.The Mountain West Conference Championship willbe held in Fort Collins, Colo., at Colorado State'sMoby Arena Nov. 21-23.

A Recap of the Weekend:
The Cowgirls hit the road over theweekend in conference play and came home with a split. Theydefeated the New Mexico Lobos, on Friday night, in four games(30-28, 31-29, 27-30, 30-27), but fell to the Air Force Falcons, onWednesday night, in four games (24-30, 24-30, 30-27, 21-30).On Wednesday night, the Cowgirls (15-4 overall, 1-3 MWC)fell 24-30, 24-30, 30-27, 21-30 to the Air Force Academy Falcons (8-10, 2-2 MWC). Wyoming was led by junior outside hitter MicheleRauter, who finished with a team high 16 kills and 13 digs.Freshman Lindsey Roebken had an excellent match with a seasonhigh ten kills and four blocks assists.

In their second match of the week, the Cowgirls (16-4 overall,2-3 MWC) rebounded from an earlier loss in the week with a fourgame victory over the New Mexico Lobos (6-11 overall, 1-3 MWC),on Friday night in Albuquerque. Three Cowgirls hit in double-figureson the night, including junior outside hitter Michele Rauter. Shefinished with 21 kills, a season high 23 digs and a .410 (21-5-39)hitting percentage. Sara Maytorena also finished with 21 kills,along with freshman Lindsey Roebken, who had a career high 12kills. As a team, UW hit .202 (72-34-188).

About Utah:
The Cowgirls will continue conference play at home thisweekend against the nationally ranked Utah Utes. They are currently14-4 overall and 4-1 in conference play heading into this week'scompetition. Sylva Strzinkova leads the team with 4.02 kills and 2.50digs per contest. As a team, they are outhitting their opponents .228(999-450-2404) to .144 (820-487-2388). They return three starters andseven letterwinners to a squad that went 25-7 overall and 11-3 in theMountain West Conference a year ago. This will be the 48th meetingbetween the two teams, Utah leads 25-22. The last time the two teamsmet was Nov. 2, 2001 in Salt Lake City, as the Utes defeated the Cowgirls3-0. Utah is coached by Beth Launiere, who is in her 13th year with theprogram and as a head coach.

About Brigham Young:
The Cowgirls second conference opponentof the week will be the Brigham Young Cougars, on Saturday night, at7:00 p.m. The Cougars are currently 7-12 overall and 2-3 in the MWCthis season. April Vasner leads the team with 2.79 kills and 2.79 digsper game. They return two starters and eight letterwinners, after going20-9 overall and 10-4 in the Mountain West Conference. This is the 50thmeeting between the two teams, BYU leads the series 46-3. The lasttime the two teams met was Nov. 3, 2001 in Provo, Brigham Youngdefeated the Cowgirls 3-0. The Cougars are coached by Karen CurtisLamb, who is in her first season with the program and her sixth as a headcoach.