Wyoming Volleyball Falls in Five to Vikings

Aug. 30, 2008

CORVALLIS, Ore. -

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The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Team (0-2 overall) suffered a heartbreaking five set loss (18-25, 29-27, 21-25, 25-22, 15-13) against the Portland State Vikings (2-0 overall) in their second match of the Corvallis Invitational, Saturday morning, in Corvallis.

"We had a lot of improvement today in this match from yesterday," said head coach Carrie Yerty. "Overall, our blocking was much improved, we just need to continue to build our team systems and eliminate errors at critical times."

Three Cowgirls finished the match in double-figures. Lauren Whitney and Jenna Arneson each finished with 14 kills, while Arneson also added a career high 11 digs. Sophomore Dani Bedore eclipsed her career high from the last match with 13 kills and eight digs. Senior Carissa Lee recorded a season high 29 digs, while Samantha Eley added 13. Wyoming hit .112 (57-34-205) for the match and recorded 13 total team blocks.

Portland State was led by Marija Vojnovic with 15 kills and 14 digs, while Lana Zielke added 13 kills. The Vikings hit .128 (62-36-203) for the match and had 93 digs and nine total team blocks.

It was a close battle through the first several points of the first set until the Cowgirls took a slight 5-3 lead. Portland State answered with five straight points of their own to gain a two point advantage, 7-5. Wyoming would score the next point but the Vikings extended the lead to four, 10-6. Three unanswered brought the Cowgirls to within one which was met by a 7-1 scoring run from PSU to give them a 17-10 lead. This time, Wyoming battled back by scoring five straight points to make it a two point set, 17-15. Unfortunately that would be as close as it would get as the Vikings rallied off 8 of 11 points to win the first set 25-18.

In the second set, it was another real back and forth battle as neither team seemed to be able to gain a real significant advantage. Wyoming seemed to gain the upper hand with the score 10-8, but two quick points by Portland State evened it up. That would start a 6-2 scoring run by the Vikings to put them up by four, 16-12. The Cowgirls tried to push points and responded by scoring nine of the next 13 points to regain a one point advantage, 21-20. PSU evened it up on the next play, but Wyoming scored the next three points to earn set point, 24-21. The Vikings remained tough and answered with a 4-0 run to earn a set point of their own 25-24. The Cowgirls would hold off three set points to come away with a 29-27 win.

Portland State dominated out of the gate to being third game as they took a 6-0 lead. The Cowgirls would battle their way back in to it by scoring the next six of eight to pull within two, 8-6. The Vikings continued to maintain a slight lead until five straight points extended the lead to seven, 14-7. A couple of points by Wyoming ended their drought, but PSU continued to lead. With the score 18-12 in favor of the Vikings, the Cowgirls would try and mount another comeback by scoring seven of the next ten points to make it a two point set, 21-19. It would fall short as Portland State would hold on to the set, 25-21.

Wyoming fell behind early to begin the fourth set but battled back to within a point three times before evening it up at eight all. From there, they would go on a 7-2 run to open up a four point advantage, 15-10. The Vikings responded with a small run of their own to pull within three, 17-14, but the Cowgirls responded with five of the next six points to take a seven point lead, 22-15. Unwilling to go away quietly, Portland State pushed points and made a comeback to make it 23-22. Wyoming kept their composure and scored the final two points to win the set 25-23 to force a fifth game.

In the fifth set, the Vikings took the early 4-1 lead which was answered with a couple of points by Wyoming to pull within one, 4-3. Portland State would score the next three of four points to extend the lead to four, 8-4, as the two teams changed sides. The Cowgirls were not willing to go away as they went on a 6-1 scoring run to take a 10-9 lead. After PSU tied it up at 10, the two teams traded points back and forth. With it all tied up at 13 all, the Vikings would score the final two points to win the set, 15-13, and the match 3-2.

Wyoming will close out the weekend tonight against the College of Charleston Cougars beginning at 7:00 p.m. Mountain Time.