The University of Wyoming volleyball team was a master at starting fast the first two weeks of the season.
But the Cowgirls have come up short in that area during its trip to the Midwest.
Less than 24 hours after losing 3-0 to host Iowa State on Thursday, the Cowgirls fell behind Syracuse 2-0 before rallying to force a fifth set during the Cyclone Invitational.
Despite leading 9-7 in the deciding frame, UW came up short to lose to the Orange 25-18, 25-22, 29-31, 18-25, 15-13.
UW (8-3 overall) closes out the tournament — and its nonconference schedule — at 11 a.m. today against Iowa.
While the Cowgirls had a hard time matching up with Iowa State, that wasn’t the case against Syracuse. UW just could find a way to win the big points at the end.
Syracuse (3-3) used a 7-2 run to pull away for the win in the first set.
UW led 22-20 in the second set before Syracuse closed on a 5-0 run.
The third set was the Cowgirls’ longest of the season in terms of points. UW led 22-18 before the Orange tied it at 22-all. From there it was tied seven times, the last coming at 29-29. UW broke through with kills by Tara Traphagan and Emily Lewis to pull out the set.
UW led the entire fourth set, including by as many as five points four different times before cruising to the seven-point win.
The Cowgirls inched ahead 9-7 in the fifth set and still led 13-12. But service and attack errors by UW gave Syracuse a 14-13 lead en route to the win.
Lewis tied her career high with 21 kills to lead the Cowgirls. The senior also had seven digs and four blocks.
Reed Copeland had 10 kills and nine total blocks while Cori Aafedt recorded her third career double-double with 33 assists and 15 digs.
Madi Fields led UW on defense with 20 digs.
ORANGE 3, COWGIRLS 2
WYOMING 18 22 31 25 13
SYRACUSE 25 25 29 18 15
(KILLS-BLOCKS-DIGS-ASSISTS): Emily Lewis 21-4-7-0, Reed Copeland 10-9-0-1, Tara Traphagan 9-6-4-1, Jackie McBride 8-4-2-0, Faith Waitsman 2-3-0-0, Cori Aafedt 1-0-15-33, KC McMahon 1-1-0-0, Marissa Harmon 1-0-3-18, Madi Fields 0-0-20-1, Kaytlen Freeland 0-0-1-0, Jaiden Chase 0-0-11-0. Totals: 61-16-70-56.
(KILLS-BLOCKS-DIGS-ASSISTS): Polina Shemanova 20-7-10-2, Ella Saade 16-3-9-4, Santita Ebangwese 11-6-3-0, Amber Witherspoon 9-6-0-0, Elena Karakasi 4-1-11-39, Maria Levonova 2-2-1-0, Yulia Yastrub 1-1-6-0, Anastasyia Gorelina 0-1-0-0, Aliah Bowllan 0-0-3-2, Kendra Lukacs 0-0-15-3, Jalissa Trotter 0-0-7-8. Totals: 63-15-65-55.
Cowgirls rally to beat Southern Utah
UW soccer closed the nonconference schedule Friday with a come-from-behind 2-1 win over Southern Utah in Cedar City, Utah.
The Cowgirls (5-1-2) trailed 1-0 at the half before former Laramie High standout Sekoya Romero got UW on the board with a goal off an assist from Annika Clayton in the 67th minute to tie the match at 1-1.
The goal was second of the season for Romero, who started and played 67 minutes.
UW took the lead in the 83rd minute off a free kick from Alyssa Murray that found its way to the front of the Southern Utah (1-7-1) goal before being kicked in by a SUU defender.
“Definitely not our best game, but it was good to find a way to win,” Cowgirls coach Pete Cuadrado says in a release. “Our first half we struggled executing the game plan. I thought our second half we did a much better job and the score line reflects that.”
Four Cowgirls — Romero, Clayton, Caitlin Pickett and Michaela Stark — had two shots each on goal.
Stark, UW’s leading scorer last season, played for the first time in three weeks coming of an injury. Stark finished playing 44 minutes.
UW goalies Cristina Salazar and Hannah Lee each played a half in goal.
COWGIRLS 2, THUNDERBIRDS 1
Wyoming 0 2 — 2
Southern Utah 1 0 — 1
FIRST HALF SCORING
SU—MacKenzie Lawrence (28:49). Assist: Brielle Bourgeois
FIRST HALF SCORING
WYO—Sekoya Romero (67:00). Assist: Annika Clayton
WYO—Southern Utah own goal (83:21).
Shots: Wyoming 12; Southern Utah 5. Shots on goal: Wyoming 4; Southern Utah 2. Saves: Wyoming 1 (Cristina Salazar 1, Hannah Lee 0); Southern Utah 2 (Rian Kasner 2). Fouls: Wyoming 9; Southern Utah 6. Offsides: Wyoming 5; Southern Utah 1. Corner kicks: Wyoming 2; Southern Utah 0. Cards: Wyoming (Michaela Stark, yellow); Southern Utah (Saki Watanabe, yellow; Quincy Pfeffer, yellow)
Wyoming competed on the second day of the ITA Bedford Cup in the Mountains in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
UW freshman Ana Fernandez won her lone match of the day in three sets over Utah State’s Gabrielle Dekkers. Fellow freshmen Mihaela Kaftanova won a walkover while Ida Krause won in straight sets over Hristina Cvetkovic of Idaho State.
UW junior Ana Rojo added three-set win against Sarah Cheverle of Montana State.
Singles losses went to seniors Tessa van Der Ploeg in straight sets against Idaho’s Maria Tavares while Elisa Koonik lost in three sets to Hanneke Lodewijks of Northern Arizona
In doubles Koonik and van Der Ploeg won 8-4 over their Northern Arizona foe before losing against Air Force, 8-6 in the round of eight.
Fernandez and Krause lost a close battle before beating Utah State.
Kaftanova and Royo lost twice.
On Thursday to open the tournament, van Der Ploeg went 2-0 in singles with straight-set wins while Koonik won in straight sets after receiving a bye.
Fernandez was 1-1 in singles while Royo and Krause were 0-1.
In doubles, van Der Ploeg and Koonik rolled to an 8-2 win while UW’s other two doubles teams lost.