LAS VEGAS -- The Wyoming Cowgirl volleyball team fought hard Thursday night on the road at conference-champion UNLV, but were defeated in straight sets, 25-19, 25-12 and 25-21, dropping to 8-5 on the season.

Faith Waitsman led the Cowgirls with 11 kills on the night, while hitting .450. Waitsman, along with setter Abby Olsen, also led the way with two total blocks each in the loss. The Rebels (12-0, 12-0 MW) out-blocked the Cowgirls 8-3 in the contest.

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UNLV, who leads the league in service aces, tallied seven on the night while the Cowgirls failed to record an ace in the match. UNLV continued at its league-leading hitting percentage pace in the match, hitting .342 while holding Wyoming to just a .140 hitting percentage.

Olsen led the Cowgirls with 25 assists on the night and in the back row defensively, Kaitlyn Gehler led the way with 11 digs. Naya Shimé chipped in with seven kills in the loss while Corin Carruth and KC McMahon added five and four, respectively.

The Cowgirls close the spring 2021 season Saturday at 1 p.m., as they welcome San Jose State to town for the season finale.

* University of Wyoming press release

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