Wyoming Volleyball Opens Up Season With Two Wins

Aug. 27, 2010

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Team (2-0 overall) opened up the 2010 season with two victories at the UniWyo Wyoming Invite, on Friday, in Laramie. UW had three-set sweeps over Southern Utah (25-13, 25-18, 25-23) and Central Arkansas (25-18, 27-25, 25-18).

In the first set against Southern Utah, the Cowgirls got it going right away as they jumped out to a 7-0 lead. Southern Utah answered with the next three points, but Wyoming went on a 7-2 run to extend their lead back to nine, 14-5. They would continue to dominate as the margin reached double-figures 20-9 before the Thunderbirds reached ten. The Cowgirls would score the final five of eight to take the first set 25-13.

Wyoming took a 6-2 lead to begin the second set, but Southern Utah would go on a small run to pull with one, 7-6. Behind the solid serving of Barbara Lasic, the Cowgirls would build their margin back to five, 12-7. The Thunderbirds would score the next eight of 12 to pull to within one, 16-15. Wyoming would only allow them to score three more points as they won the set, 25-18, to take a 2-0 lead in the match.

It would be a battle in the third set as the teams traded points back and forth. With the score tied up at ten all, Wyoming went on a small 5-0 run to go up 15-10. They would maintain a three to four point lead over the next several points until an 11-5 run pulled the Thunderbirds ahead 22-21. The Cowgirls answered by scoring four of the final six to win the set, 25-23, and the match 3-0.

The Cowgirls were led by senior Dani Bedore who had ten kills and four block assists while hitting .450 (10-1-20). She was followed by Camille Coffman and Lauren Whitney with seven each. As a team, Wyoming hit .289 (38-12-90) and had ten total team blocks.

Southern Utah was led by Analaine Pelaez with 11 kills and seven digs, while Jazmine Ma'afala had six kills. The Thunderbirds hit .061 (29-23-99) for the match.

"This was a great way to start the year," said head coach Carrie Yerty. "The players were excited to see someone else besides their teammates across the net. We had an opportunity to work in several players which helped them gain some experience. We blocked tremendously well today with 20 block assists. I'm proud of them. Senior Dani Bedore was solid with ten kills and a .450 hitting percentage along with Camille Coffman with three blocks and a .455 hitting percentage. We had a lot of people step up and play well."

Against Central Arkansas, Wyoming recorded the first three points of the match but the Sugar Bears scored the next five to go up 5-3. After the Cowgirls tied it up at five, they would go on an 8-3 run to make it 13-8. The Sugar Bears pulled to within two 13-11. This time, UW responded with the next six points to regain a 19-11 advantage. They would hold off a couple of UCA runs as they won the first set 25-18.

It was back and forth to begin the second set until a 5-0 run gave the Cowgirls an 8-4 lead. The Sugar Bears responded scoring six of eight to tie it up at ten. Wyoming regained a 13-10 advantage which was answered by Central Arkansas to give them a one point lead, 16-15. They would maintain a one to two point margin and earned set point, 24-21. The Cowgirls battled back with four straight points to give them set point 25-24. They would maintain their composure and pull out the 27-25 win.

Wyoming gained the early 5-1 in the third set. UCA responded with eight of 12 to tie it up at nine. A 6-1 run would pull the Cowgirls ahead by five, 15-10. UW would never relinquish that lead as they took the set 25-18 and the match 3-0.

Two players finished the night in double-figures for the Cowgirls which included Jodi Purdy and Lauren Whitney. They each recorded ten kills, while Purdy led the way with ten digs and hit .292 (10-3-24) for the match. Senior JennaRae Jester recorded a team high seven block assists. Wyoming hit .216 (34-13-97) for the match and record nine total team blocks.

Central Arkansas was led by Jessica Nagy who had eight kills and hit .538 (8-1-13) for the match. She was followed by Jessica Hays with nine kills, six service aces and eight digs. The Sugar Bears hit .087 (30-21-104) for the match.

"I'm very thrilled with this win tonight," said head coach Carrie Yerty. "It was a total team effort, especially in set two when it got tight. We stayed focused and the players played one point at a time, which was awesome. Jodi and Lauren did a great job of mixing up their shots and playing like veterans. I was most pleased with Camille (Coffman) turned the match around with some big attacks and nice blocks. I'm proud of this team and how well they played against a good Central Arkansas team."

Wyoming will close out the tournament on Saturday against the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks, at 1:30 p.m., and the Murray State Racers, at 7:00 p.m. Both matches will be played in the UniWyo Sports Complex.