Sept. 3, 2011
DES MOINES, IOWA -
The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Team (4-3 overall) closed out the Sheraton West Inn Drake Invitational by splitting their matches on Saturday. They swept the Drake Bulldogs (2-3 overall) in three sets (25-17, 25-16, 25-14) but fell to the IPFW Mastodons (3-3 overall) in three (21-25, 17-25, 19-25) on Saturday in Des Moines. Camille Coffman and Rachel Keyes were both selected to the All-Tournament Team.
Drake scored the first three points of the match to take the early lead. The Cowgirls answered with three straight points and then the two traded scores for the next several points. With the Bulldogs up 7-5, Wyoming went on a 9-2 run to give them a five point advantage, 14-9. After a Drake timeout, they would score the next two points to pull to within three, 14-11. Five straight points by UW extended the lead to eight, 19-11. The two teams played even the rest of the way as the Cowgirls won the first set 25-17.
In the second set, the Cowgirls scored the first five of seven points to give them a 5-2 advantage. Drake went on a 4-1 run to even things up at six all. Over the next several points, the two teams traded scores without any one taking more than a one point lead. With the Bulldogs up 16-15, Wyoming scored the final ten points in the set to win 25-16 to take a 2-0 lead in the match.
Wyoming carried that momentum into the third set as they took an 8-3 lead. After Drake scored the next point, the Cowgirls scored the next five of seven to give them a seven point advantage, 13-6. The Bulldogs tried to battle back with a 4-2 run to bring them to within five, 15-10. It would be as close as they would get as Wyoming scored the final 10 of 14 points to win the set, 25-14, and the match 3-0.
The Cowgirls were led by junior Camille Coffman who finished with a team high 12 kills, two block assists and a career high .923 (12-0-13) hitting percentage. Outside hitter Jodi Purdy followed with ten kills and 14 digs, while Calli Miller added six kills and a .545 (6-0-11) hitting percentage. Wyoming hit .494 (43-4-79) and had nine total blocks. Drake was led by Emily Heffernen with nine kills and a .286 (9-3-21) hitting percentage. Whitney Westrum also added nine kills. The Bulldogs hit .108 (33-23-93) for the match.
"We bounced back this morning against Drake with a well balanced attack and solid hitting percentage. Camille Coffman had a tremendous match and showed great leadership. Our serving and passing game put us in a great position to win."
In their second match of the day, the Cowgirls took on the IPFW Mastodons. In the first set the two teams traded scores until, the Cowgirls went on a small run to give them a 10-7 advantage. They continued to maintain a three to four point advantage until a 4-1 run by the Mastodons tied it up at 17 all. After Wyoming scored the next point, IPFW scored the final 8 of 12 to win the first set, 25-21.
The two teams were tied up through the first eight points of the second set making the score 4-4. Wyoming would go on a 6-3 run to earn a three point advantage, 10-7. The Mastodons would answer back with four of the next five points to tie it up at 11. The Cowgirls scored the next point, but IPFW went on a 6-4 run to put them up two, 17-15. Unfortunately for Wyoming, they would only score two points the rest of the set as IPFW took the set 25-17.
The Mastodons carried their momentum into the third set as they jumped out to a 9-6 lead. Wyoming responded with a 4-1 run to tie it up at ten. The teams traded scores over the next several points until the Cowgirls took a small 16-14 lead. IPFW would retake the lead 17-16 and would never relinquish it. They would close out the set on an 8-3 run to win it 25-19 and the match 3-0.
The Cowgirls were led by Jodi Purdy who finished with eight kills, four digs and a .286 (8-2-21) hitting percentage. She was followed by Camille Coffman with seven kills and one block assist. They hit .168 (33-17-95) for the match and were out blocked 9-5. IPFW was led by Emily Spencer with 12 kills, three block solos and four total blocks. The Mastodons hit .255 (40-15-98) for the match.
"Inconsistency to execute was a huge factor in our tournament losses this weekend," said head coach Carrie Yerty. "I have an incredible amount of faith in this team and that the Cowgirls will bounce back. We had moments that we played well and others that we lost focus. I give credit to both IPFW and Milwaukee. They stayed poised in the heat of the battle. I'm confident that we will be focused and ready to go next weekend."
Wyoming will host Nova KMB on Tuesday, Sept. 6 in an exhibition match, which will be followed by the UniWyo Cowgirl Classic, Sept. 9-10. They welcome Georgia State, Idaho State and Illinois State to Laramie.