Cowgirls Lose in Four to Cougars

Aug. 30, 2008

CORVALLIS, Ore. -

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The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Team (0-3 overall) closed out the Corvallis Invitational with a tough four set loss (23-25, 23-25, 25-18, 16-25) against the College of Charleston Cougars (1-2 overall) on Saturday night in Corvallis.

"Pre-season play is always a starting point to see where you are as a team," said UW head coach Carrie Yerty. "The players competed hard, and continued to get better every match. It's the coaching staffs' responsibility to continue to teach our young Cowgirl squad to compete and improve their skills. I'm extremely proud for the opportunity to coach these young women, proud of their effort, and look forward to watching the team grow and get better."

Sophomore Dani Bedore once again had a strong showing as she finished with a career high 15 kills, while adding five digs. Outside hitter Lauren Whitney added 14 kills, while Samantha Eley led the team in digs with 14. The Cowgirls hit .204 (52-22-147) for the match, while adding five total team blocks.

Three Cougars ended their night in double figures led by Whitney Russell who had 17 kills and eight digs. She was followed by Elyse Chubb with 13 and Emily Sawin with 12. CofC hit .239 (53-21-134) for the match and recorded 11 total blocks.

The College of Charleston took an early 4-2 to start off set one, but the Cowgirls responded by scoring four of the next five to take their first lead, 6-5. CofC scored three straight points to take a two point advantage, 8-6, which was quickly even up by Wyoming at eight all. This time, the Cougars went on a 5-0 run to extend the lead to 13-8, but Wyoming chipped away at that and pulled to within one, 14-13, and eventually tied it up at 16 all. The two teams would trade points back and forth with neither one really gaining the upper hand. With the score all even at 19, the Cougars took a slight two point lead. Wyoming would hold off two set points but came up short 25-23 in the game.

In the second set, the Cowgirls took a small 2-1 lead, but CofC responded with a 7-3 scoring run to take an 8-5 lead. Despite bringing the score to within one point several times, Wyoming continued to trail in the set by just the slimmest of margins. Down three, they would score four of six points to even things up at 18 all. It would be short lived as the Cougars scored the next four points to regain the lead. The Cowgirls had one final push in them as they held off another couple of set points to close the margin to 24-23, unfortunately the comeback fell short as they lost 25-23 to go down 2-0 in the match.

The Cougars looked strong out of the gate to begin the third set as took a 5-2 lead. Wyoming battled their way back in to it by scoring the next five of seven to even it up at seven all. Overall the next several points, the lead changed hands until scored three straight to gain the 12-9 advantage, unfortunately the Cougars did the same it even the playing field. This time, the Cowgirls responded with seven of ten points to take that lead to four points, 19-15. Not willing to go away quietly, CofC scored the next two points out of a timeout to pull within two, 19-17. Wyoming kept their composure and closed out the game scoring the final six of seven to win the set, 25-18.

It continued to be a back and forth battle in the fourth set as the teams tried to gain the upper hand. In fact neither team led by more than one point until the Cowgirls took a 12-9 lead. Unfortunately, the Cougars scored five unanswered to gain a two point lead, 14-12, which they extended to 18-14. Wyoming tried to hang tough but the margin was too much to overcome as they lost the set, 25-16 and the match 3-1.

Wyoming will continue tournament play next weekend at the Honolulu Advertiser Volleyball Challenge, September 4-6, in Honolulu, Hawaii.