Aug. 28, 2010
Laramie, Wyo. (August 28, 2010) -- The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Team (4-0 overall) concluded the 2010 UniWyo Wyoming Invite with a three-set sweep over Northern Arizona (25-16, 25-14, 27-25) and a four set win against the Murray State Racers (25-20, 27-29, 25-21, 25-20), on Saturday, in Laramie. Senior JennaRae Jester was named MVP of the tournament while Dani Bedore was named to the All-Tournament Team.
Wyoming started off their match strong against Northern Arizona by taking an early 7-2 advantage. They would extend that lead to nine, 14-5 with a 7-3 run. The Lumberjacks responded by scoring seven of eight to pull within three, 15-12. The Cowgirls would hold NAU to only four points the rest of the way to earn a first set win 25-16.
It was back and forth through the first 14 points of the second set as the teams were tied up at seven all. The Cowgirls gained some momentum and the lead, 13-8, with a 6-1 run. NAU would reach double-figures at 13-10, and Wyoming would score the next nine of ten to extend the margin to double-figures 22-11. They would take the set 25-15 and a 2-0 lead in the match.
Northern Arizona came out fired up in the third set as they opened up a 5-2 lead. The Cowgirls pulled to within one, 5-4, but the Lumberjacks quickly regained a three point advantage, 7-4. A 7-3 scoring run would give Wyoming their first lead of the set, 11-10. NAU was very determined as they over took the lead 14-13 and even started to pull away going up by four, 21-17, and every time UW would get close they had an answer. The Lumberjacks would earn set point at 24-22, but the Cowgirls fought them off and scored five of the last eight to win the set, 27-25, and the match 3-0.
Senior Lauren Whitney led the way with 11 kills and a .304 (11-4-23) hitting percentage, while Jodi Purdy added eight kills and nine digs. Jadranka Tramosljanin had a career high 16 digs. The Cowgirls hit .297 (40-10-101) for the match and out blocked the Lumberjacks 13-4.
NAU was led by Lexi Sullivan off the bench with 11 kills, while three players recorded double-figures in digs. The Lumberjacks hit just .072 (35-27-111) for the match.
"I really appreciate the effort we had at the end of the match to come away with the victory," said head coach Carrie Yerty. "To come back, stay calm and aggressive that wouldn't have happened a year ago. They really stayed composed, but stayed aggressive even when we were behind.
"I've seen us communicate a lot better since the beginning of this tournament. It's a natural progression as you play more matches and aren't looking at your teammates on the other side of the net. They are so confident as well, that's exciting and I'm proud of them."
Murray State would score the first point of the match but the Cowgirls responded with 10 of 13 to open up a 10-4 lead. UW continued to maintain that lead even increasing it to double-figures, 20-10. The Racers would make a charge, holding off five set points to make it 24-20. The Cowgirls would come out of a timeout and get the final point to win the set, 25-20.
After a back and forth beginning of the second set with the score 7-5 in favor of Wyoming, they would score five unanswered to extend the lead to seven, 12-5. They would continue to maintain that seven to eight point advantage over the next several points. With a seven point lead, 20-13, for UW, Murray State refused to go away as they scored 9 of 11 to tie it up at 22 all. The Cowgirls scored the next two points to earn set point, 24-22. The Racers battled back to tie it up and would eventually take the lead 26-25. The two teams would tie up the score two more times unfortunately MSU came away with the 29-27 win in the set.
Wyoming took charge again in the third set as they jumped out to a 6-3 lead, which they would extend to six, 13-7. Their largest lead in the set seven, 20-13, and they went on to win 25-21 to take a 2-1 lead in the match.
In the fourth set, Murray State scored the first two points and then the Cowgirls came back with the next 9 of 12 to take a 9-5 lead. The Racers would pull to within one several times but Wyoming would never relinquish the lead as they won the set 25-20 and the match 3-1.
Three Cowgirls finished the match in double-figures including sophomore Jodi Purdy. She recorded a double-double with 17 kills and ten digs. She was followed by Lauren Whitney with 12 kills and five digs, while Camille Coffman recorded 11 kills and a .500 (11-2-18) hitting percentage. UW hit .243 (71-29-173) from the match and had 7.5 blocks.
Murray State was led by Becca Lamb with 12 kills and 15 digs. Libero Kayleah Sauer had a match high 20 digs and Jade Guao, who made the All-Tournament Team, added 40 assists. The Racers hit .216 (47-18-134) for the match.
"I thought we got a little tight in the match and made some mental errors," said head coach Carrie Yerty. "We had a tough time serving which hadn't happened all weekend. Jadranka (Tramosljanin) had a tremendous weekend as did Lauren Whitney. I'm pleased overall. We are walking out of here with a 4-0 record. Our fans and the home court advantage we have are awesome."
Wyoming will head out on the road for the first time in 2010 as they will play in the Stetson Invitational, Sept. 3-4, in DeLand, Fla. They will face Bethune-Cookman, Florida Atlantic, Stetson and Wofford.
2010 UniWyo Wyoming Invite All-Tournament Team
|Northern Arizona||Nikki Small|
|Southern Utah||Ana Peleaz|
|Murray State||Jade Guo|
|Central Arkansas||Jessica Hays|
|Central Arkansas||Chloe Smith|