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The University of Wyoming volleyball season came to a disappointing end Thursday with a 3-2 (11-25, 28-26, 23-25, 25-22, 21-19) loss to Utah Valley in the first round of the National Invitational Volleyball Championship at the UniWyo Sports Complex.

The Cowgirls (20-11) had three match points in the final set, but were unable to hold off the Wolverines. Wyoming hasn't won a postseason match since 1989.

"It was a good year," UW head coach Chad Callihan said in a release. "Personally, I don't think it should have ended the season tonight, but ultimately that falls on me. We need to figure out how to get better and how to get more out of this group as we move forward."

Halie McArdle and Marissa Hines both finished with double-doubles for the Cowgirls, with McArdle recording a team-high 19 kills and 16 digs and Hines adding 23 assists and 16 digs.

Emily Lewis (14), Reed Copeland (11), Jackie McBride (10) and Tara Traphagan (10) all had double-digit kills, while Cori Aafedt had 39 assists and Madi Fields 24 digs. Copeland and Traphagan also added eight blocks apiece.

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Jack Nowlin returned to the Star-Tribune in 2007 after eight years covering Michigan State University athletics. A Wyoming native, and a graduate of Jeffrey City High School and the University of Wyoming, Jack serves as the Star-Tribune’s sports editor.

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