Aug. 24, 2007
Orem, Utah - Wyoming spoiled Utah Valley's season opener with a come-from-behind five-game victory (30-24, 24-30, 24-30, 30-17, 15-7) on Friday night in Orem. The Wolverines built a 2-1 lead with a win in game three but the Cowgirls stormed back and dominated the final two games to win the match.
Wyoming hit .333 and .450 in the final two games and held the Wolverines to just .079 and .000 and was never seriously threatened in either game.
Camie Manwill had 19 kills to lead UV while Jessica Endres added 18 and hit .382 with six block assists and one block solo. Snow College transfer Allyce Wilson was solid in her Wolverine debut, diving her way to 21 digs. Kristi Lindley, another newcomer for UV, had 54 assists and 10 digs for a double-double.
Wyoming got 26 kills apiece from Angie Hellbaum and Rachel Smith. Hellbaum hit .407 for the match while Smith hit .311 to go along with 17 digs.
In the opening game, neither team could gain much of an advantage early on. The teams traded leads all the way until the score was knotted at 20. From that point though the Cowgirls would rattle off three straight points before a 7-2 run allowed them to take control and win the game.
Endres and freshman Kayli Broadbent had four kills apiece in game one while Angie Hellbaum had seven kills to lead Wyoming.
Utah Valley jumped out to an early 10-3 lead in game two and eventually stretched it to 10 at 16-6. Wyoming netted five straight points to cut the lead in half but the Wolverines kept at least a five point cushion throughout the game that ended with a big Endres kill.
Game three saw the two teams deadlocked at 23 when a kill by Endres, a service ace from Chelsea Baugh, a Lanni O'Reilly kill and a Manwill kill gave UV a 27-23 advantage on its way to a 30-24 win.
The Cowgirls answered back though with their impressive performance in games four and five. A 9-1 run late in game four gave Wyoming the lopsided victory before a 6-1 run ended the match.
Utah Valley was a perfect 4-0 during the 2006 season in five-game matches and until Friday hadn't lost in that fashion since October of 2005.
The Wolverines will travel to Indianapolis next weekend for the Butler Invitational. They face Tennessee Tech and Northern Illinois on Friday before taking on host Butler on Saturday, September 1st.