Sept. 14, 2006
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Each game was a battle to the very end but eventually all were won by the Wyoming Cowgirls (7-3), who defeated the New Mexico volleyball team (4-8), 30-28, 32-30, 30-27 tonight in Johnson Center. The match, both team's Mountain West Conference opener, extended Wyoming's win streak to nine in the series vs. the Lobos.
The difference tonight was errors. In game one the score was tied at 28 when the Lobos handed the Cowgirls the victory with a service error and an attack error.
Game two was almost the same. With UNM up 29-27, a service error and an attack error let Wyoming right back into the game. Tied at 30, UNM committed another attack error, giving Wyoming the serve and the game.
The Cowgirls started game three with lots of energy, building their biggest lead (6) at 15-9. The Lobos chipped away slowly at the lead and pulled within two (20-22) on consecutive kills from junior Jennifer Heasty. Three UW kills pushed the lead back to five (20-25). UNM forced three errors on the Cowgirls, pulling within one at 27-28 and causing Wyoming to call for timeout. Coming out of the huddle, the Cowgirls put down two straight kills to clinch the match.
"Tonight's game was a missed opportunity on our home court," head coach Kelley McKee said. "We made too many mistakes."
Sophomore Jeanne Fairchild tied her career high for kills with 14, leading the Lobos. Freshman Rose Morris also set a personal best for kills with 11. Sophomore Sarah Kwasigroch, who dished out 41 of the team's 45 assists, moved to 10th overall in UNM's career record book with 1496. Sophomore Gayle Tripp recorded 17 digs while freshman Kathleen Crawley notched 10.
The Lobos return to action Friday, Sept. 22 at Colorado State. The match, scheduled to start at 7 p.m., is available on CSTV's GameTracker at www.GoLobos.com. They return to Johnson Center Friday, Sept. 29, hosting San Diego State at 7 p.m.