Wyoming Volleyball Falls in Championship Match

Aug. 29, 2009


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The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Team (2-1 overall) suffered their first defeat of the season in the championship match of the UniWyo Cowgirl Classic with a 3-1 loss (20-25, 22-25, 25-18, 17-25) against the Idaho State Bengals (3-0 overall) on Saturday night in Laramie.

"Obviously, we are very disappointed in getting to the championship match and falling just short," said head coach Carrie Yerty. "We just never seemed to get into a rhythm in the match. Overall, I was pleased with the play of Jodi Purdy and Jessica Kagarise all weekend. They both did a tremendous job. We just need to get back into the gym and continue to improve and get better as a team."

The Cowgirls were led by true freshman Jodi Purdy who recorded her first career double-double of her career. She finished with a career high 13 kills and 12 digs. She was followed by Jadranka Tramosljanin and Lauren Whitney with seven kills each. Jessica Kagarise recorded a career high 19 kills, while Tramosljanin added 11. Wyoming struggled hitting .077 (41-30-142) for the match.

Idaho State was led by Jaclyn Hone with a team high 15 kills and 15 digs. She was followed by Emily Waldron with 13 kills and 12 digs. The Bengals hit .161 (48-26-137) for the match, while out blocking the Cowgirls 10-5.

After the Cowgirls scored the first two points of the first set, Idaho State scored five straight to take an early 5-2 lead. Wyoming scored six of the next nine to even it up at eight all. The Bengals quickly regained a three point lead, 12-9, but UW answered with a 4-2 run to pull within one, 14-13. Unfortunately another four straight points by ISU gave them an 18-13 advantage. Despite being down, the Cowgirls continued to battle and make it a two-point set. Their comeback would fall short as the Bengals took the set, 25-20.

In the second set, Idaho State scored the first point then the Cowgirls answered with the next six of seven to go up 6-2. They would extend their lead to six, 10-4. The Bengals responded with a small run to pull within three, 11-8, but Wyoming came right back with five straight points to regain a 16-8 advantage. Unfortunately, ISU had other ideas and chipped away at the Wyoming lead. They went on a 14-5 run to go ahead 22-21. The Cowgirls evened it up at 22, but Idaho State scored the final three points to take the set 25-22 and a 2-0 lead in the match.

It was back and forth scoring through the first 14 points as the score was all tied up at seven. The Cowgirls gained the upper hand with a 6-1 run to make the score 13-8. Idaho State tried to close the gap by scoring four of five which pulled them to within two, 14-12. Wyoming kept their composure and went on another 6-2 run to get the lead back up to six, 20-14. The scoring was even the remainder of the way but the Cowgirls would hold on to win the set 25-18.

The Cowgirls came out fired up in the beginning of the fourth set taking an early 5-2 lead. They would maintain a two or three point lead until a 6-2 run by the Bengals gave them a one-point advantage, 12-11. After Wyoming tied it up at 12, Idaho State scored 10 of the next 11 points to make it a nine point lead, 22-13. They would hold on to win the set 25-17 and the match 3-1.

Wyoming will return to action at home next week as they host the UniWyo Cowgirl Invite, Friday-Saturday, September 4-5.

All-Tournament Team

Emily Waldron, Idaho State, MVP
Jaclyn Hone, Idaho State
Karissa Legaux, Idaho State
Kelly Fiegen, South Dakota State
Caitlin Saxton, Rutgers
Jodi Purdy, Wyoming
Jessica Kagarise, Wyoming