FRESNO, Calif. (Oct. 20, 2016) – In a clash between two Mountain West teams, the University of Wyoming volleyball squad came up just short in a close five-set (13-25, 25-16, 24-26, 25-20, 8-15) loss at Fresno State on Thursday evening. It was the second match this season that three different Cowgirls recorded double-digits kills.
Senior Laura Beach led the Cowgirl offense with 12 kills in what was the third-straight five-set match for Wyoming (12-9, 5-3 MW). Fellow senior Kayla Slofkiss and sophomore Emily Lewis each chipped in 11 for UW at the Save Mart Center. Beach added four total blocks, as Slofkiss recorded seven digs during the match. Senior Courtney Chacon directed the attack with 43 assists against the Bulldogs (12-8, 3-6 MW). It was the third match this season for Chacon with at least 40 assists, and she is now 16 away from 3,000 for her career.
Sophomore Reed Copeland added nine kills for the Cowgirls, in addition to two blocks. Freshman Madi Fields recorded 12 digs for UW, as junior Lily Austin posted five of Wyoming’s six service aces. Austin’s five service aces is not only her season-high, but also a team-high for the year. Sophomore Mattison DeGarmo added three kills for UW, while freshman Tara Traphagan smashed home two. Traphagan also had three digs and two blocks against Fresno State on Thursday night.
The match started out back and forth in the opening set before Fresno gathered three-straight to move up, 6-3. UW called its first timeout with the Bulldogs in front, 10-7. Fresno State then went on to grab 15 of the last 21 points to close it out, 25-13. Chacon, Slofkiss and Lewis each recorded two kills in the first frame for Wyoming.
Wyoming’s perseverance shined early in the second set, as UW jumped out to a 4-1 lead. Beach’s first four kills of the night came early in the second set, as she helped the Cowgirls jump out to a 10-6 advantage. An attack error from Fresno State made it 18-11. The Cowgirls rallied for seven of the next 12 points to take the second stanza, 25-16. All tied at one heading into intermission, Beach totaled a team-high six kills, while Chacon recorded 15 assists.
Neither team held a lead larger than one in the third set until the Bulldogs were up by two, 10-8. Back-to-back kills from the Cowgirls brought Fresno State’s lead back to two, 13-11. Then three kills from Lewis and another from Copeland tied things at 19. A block from Beach and Slofkiss tied the third set score at 24, before Fresno State called timeout. The Bulldogs claimed the final two points to take the third, 26-24, and a 2-1 set lead heading into the fourth set.
The Cowgirls moved out in front 4-1 to begin the fourth set. A kill from Beach helped spark UW’s offense once again and jump out to a 10-7 advantage. The rhythm remained for UW, as the Cowgirls would hold leads of 20-16 and 23-18. Another kill from Lewis and then a service error from Fresno State helped Wyoming clinch the fourth set, 25-20.
The Bulldogs climbed out to a 5-2 lead in fifth and final frame, before UW called a timeout. Wyoming inched its way back trailing, 5-6, before the Bulldogs claimed four-straight points. Two kills from Fresno State sealed the fifth set, 15-8, and the victory for the Bulldogs.
Wyoming next travels to San Jose State for a 2 p.m. MT matchup on Saturday.