Wyoming Volleyball Opens Up Season with Loss to Oregon State

Aug. 29, 2008


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In the first match of the 2008 season and the Corvallis Invitational, the Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Team (0-1 overall) dropped a three set match (25-10, 25-13, 27-25) against the host school Oregon State Beavers (1-0 overall), on Friday night, in Corvallis.

"I think Dani Bedore played a solid match," said head coach Carrie Yerty. "It took us until the third game to find any rhythm. We aren't going to look in the rearview mirror. We just need to focus on the next two upcoming matches tomorrow, especially in the area of pass and serve."

In set one, the Cowgirls took a small 2-1 lead, which was followed by a 7-1 Oregon State scoring run to give them a five point advantage, 8-3. UW would respond with the next four straight points to pull within one, 8-7, but five unanswered by the Beavers made the score 13-7. Several tough blocks by the Beavers and offensive struggles by the Cowgirls gave Oregon State a double-figure lead, 19-9. It didn't get any better as Wyoming managed to score only one more point down the stretch as they fell 25-10 in the first set.

Things didn't fair much better to begin the second set for the Cowgirls as they fell behind 8-3 in the early going. That margin would extend to double-figures as the Beavers ran off seven of the next eight points to make it an 11-point lead, 15-4. Wyoming tried to hang tough by scoring the next three points to pull within eight, 15-7, unfortunately Oregon State would get the lead back up to ten, 19-9. The Cowgirls had one last push and made it a seven point set, 20-13. It would be a little too late as the Beavers would win the set, 25-13, to take a 2-0 lead in the match.

The two teams traded points in the early going of the third set. Oregon State would take a three-point lead, 8-5, but the Cowgirls rallied back with a 7-2 scoring run to gain a two point advantage, 12-10. Despite the best efforts of the Beavers, Wyoming continued to maintain a slight lead for the next several points. With the score 18-17 in favor of UW, they would score six of the next seven points to extend the lead to four, 22-18. Not to be outdone, Oregon State would mount a comeback of their own with a 7-2 run to earn match point 25-24. The Cowgirls evened it up at 25 all, but couldn't hold off the next two points as they fell 27-25 and 3-0 in the match.

Wyoming was led on the night by newcomer Dani Bedore who finished with a career high ten kills, five digs and a .348 (10-2-23) hitting percentage. Sophomore JennaRae Jester followed with nine kills, while Tasha Weishahn had 23 assists. The Cowgirls hit just .184 (28-14-76) for the match and struggled serving with 16 service errors.

Oregon State was led by Jill Sawatzky with nine kills, five digs and a .500 (9-2-14) hitting percentage. Rachel Rourke added seven kills, while Lauren Rinderknecht finished with six. The Beavers hit .349 (30-8-63) for the match and had 13 service aces.

Wyoming will continue play at the Corvallis Invitational tomorrow against the Portland State Vikings, at 11:00 a.m., and the College of Charleston Cougars, at 7:00 p.m. Both match times are Mountain Time.