Sept. 3, 2010
DELAND, Fla. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Team (6-0 overall) remained undefeated with two victories on the opening day of the Clarion Invitational in DeLand Fla. In their first match of the day, the Cowgirls defeated the Bethune Cookman Wildcats (1-6 overall) in three sets by scores of 25-12, 25-19, 25-12 and in four sets (16-25, 25-20, 25-20, 25-19) over the Wofford Terriers (4-3 overall).
"It was a very successful day for the Cowgirls," said UW head coach Carrie Yerty. "We learned some valuable lessons that should help us as we progress with the season. I was pleased with the play of Lauren Whitney. She was solid in both matches."
Wyoming started off strong in their opening match against Bethune Cookman by taking a 7-1 lead in the first set. Out of a Wildcat timeout, BCU scored the next point which was answered by a 4-2 run by UW to extend the lead to seven, 11-4. Three straight points by Bethune Cookman brought them to within four, 11-7. The Cowgirls responded again by scoring the next 9 of 11 to give them a double-figure lead, 20-9, and would go on to win the set, 25-12.
In the second set, the Cowgirls quickly took an early 5-1 lead, but Bethune Cookman scored six of the next seven to take their first lead 6-5. Wyoming evened it up at six all. After two points by BCU put them back up, 8-6, UW scored the next three to regain a one-point advantage, 9-8. The two teams would trade points over the next couple of plays until four unanswered by the Cowgirls put them back up 14-10. The Wildcats continued to battle back and pulled to within one, 14-13. Wyoming would go on a 7-3 run to extend the lead back to five, 21-16, and went on to win the set 25-19.
Bethune Cookman scored the first five of seven points to take and early lead to begin the third set. Wyoming evened it up at five all, but three straight points by the Wildcats gave them an 8-5 lead. A 6-2 run from the Cowgirls put them up by one, 11-10, which another two points by BCU made it 12-11. Wyoming responded by running off the final 14 points to win the set, 25-12, and the match 3-0.
Wyoming was led by sophomore Jodi Purdy who had six kills and hit .300 (6-3-10) for the match. She was followed by Reese Roehrkasse and Calli Miller with four kills each. The Cowgirls hit .182 (30-14-88) and out blocked the Wildcats 6-5.
Bethune Cookman was led by Krysta Gardner with seven kills, while hitting .267 (7-3-15) for the match. BCU hit -.065 (22-28-93) for the match.
In their second match of the day, the Cowgirls struggled as they opened up the first set down 8-1 to Wofford. A kill by Dani Bedore would end the scoring drought for Wyoming but the Terriers extended the lead to eight, 12-4, with a 4-2 run. Behind some good serving by Jadranka Tramosljanin, the Cowgirls scored six unanswered to pull within two, 12-10. Unfortunately, Wofford responded by scoring seven of nine to make it 19-12. Unable to pull closer than six points, Wyoming would fall 25-16 in the first set.
Wofford started off strong in the second set as they took an early 5-1 advantage. After the Cowgirls scored a couple of points to bring the score to within two, 5-3, the Terriers scored the next five of eight to regain a 10-6 lead. Wyoming battled back with five unanswered to take their first lead 11-10. Wofford evened it up at 11 all and then the two teams traded points back and forth. With the scored even at 14, the momentum shifted towards the Cowgirls as they went on an 8-2 run to give them a six point lead, 22-16. Despite four points from the Terriers, Wyoming would take the second set, 25-20.
In the third set, it was the Terriers that took a 4-2 lead which was answered by Wyoming with a 6-3 run to put them up one, 8-7. Points were traded back and forth until a small run from the Cowgirls gave them a 14-10 advantage. Wofford evened it up and eventually went up one, 16-15. UW stormed back by scoring the next eight of nine to pull ahead by five, 23-17. The Terriers held off two set points, but the Cowgirls eventually won the set 25-20 to take a 2-1 lead in the match.
After falling behind 6-3 in the fourth set, Wyoming answered with six straight to take a three-point lead, 9-6. Over the next ten points, the Cowgirls maintained a three to four point advantage and would eventually extend it to seven, 21-14. The Terriers would score four of the next five to pull within four, 22-18. Wyoming would allow Wofford just one more point in the set as they took it 25-19 and the match 3-1.
Two Cowgirls finished the night in double-figures led by senior Lauren Whitney. She recorded 14 kills and seven digs, while hitting .414 (14-2-29) for the match. Jodi Purdy followed with 14 kills, six digs and five total team blocks. Jadranka Tramosljanin led the way with 13 kills followed by Dani Bedore with ten. As a team, Wyoming hit .246 (50-17-134) and out blocked the Terriers, 13-6.
Wofford was led by Amanda Liguori with 12 kills and a .235 (12-4-34). She was followed by Catelyn Amende with 11 kills and a .391 (11-2-23) hitting percentage. The Terriers hit .197 (50-23-137).
Wyoming closes out the weekend tomorrow with two matches. They will take on Florida Atlantic at 11:00 a.m. MT and the host team Stetson Hatters beginning at 5:00 p.m. MT.