Cowgirls Volleyball Rebounds to Claim Win at New Mexico

From the desk of Harry Endicott

ALBUQUERQUE — Jackie McBride had the first double-double of here career — 10 kills and 14 blocks — helping the Wyoming volleyball team to a five-set win over New Mexico. The Cowgirls are now 15-7 overall, and 7-3 in the Mountain West.

McBride’s 14 blocks were the most blocks in a match by any Cowgirl this season. It was another balanced offensive effort for the Pokes, six Cowgirls recording five or more blocks, including Halie McArdle, Emily Lewis and Reed Copeland with nine each. Setter Cori Aafedt added 24 assists.

Lewis and junior Tara Traphagan each had solid defensive nights blocking. Traphagan wound up with eight total blocks and Lewis with six. Libero Madi Fields led all players in digs with 23.

Wyoming got off to a strong start in the first set, overwhelming the Lobos to take the frame, 25-14. The Cowgirls never trailed in the set as they jumped out to a 7-1 lead to open the period. New Mexico would narrow the advantage to 14-10 midway through the set, but Wyoming ran off an 11-4 run from that point to clinch the early match lead.

After New Mexico quelled a Wyoming comeback attempt to take the second, 25-23, and tie up the score, the Cowgirls responded with a convincing, 25-15, win in the third to regain the lead. The Brown and Gold didn’t trail yet again in the third, maintaining a steady lead throughout before closing out the period.

New Mexico would answer again in the fourth with a 25-19 win to force a decisive fifth set; however, the Cowgirls would not be shaken. Wyoming took command of the set with a 5-1 lead to open and never looked back, holding the Lobos at arm’s length throughout before putting away the 15-9 clincher.

The Cowgirls return home next weekend for a pair of key MW tests. Wyoming will host Fresno State on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. MT before taking on San Diego State on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. MT.