Cowgirls Fall in Four to Bearcats

Sept. 4, 2008

HONOLULU, Hawaii -

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In their first match of the Honolulu Advertiser Volleyball Challenge, the Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Team (0-4 overall) dropped a four set match (25-17, 9-25, 18-25, 14-25) against the Cincinnati Bearcats (4-0 overall), on Thursday night in Honolulu.

"This team is certainly capable of playing better than they did tonight," said UW head coach Carrie Yerty. "The most important thing we need to do is compete, sustain our momentum and take care of our side of the court. "

Wyoming was led on the night by sophomore Dani Bedore who finished her night with a team high 11 kills and a .214 (11-5-28) hitting percentage. Jenna Arneson added six kills followed by Lauren Whitney with five. The Cowgirls hit .150 (31-19-80) on the match and had eight total blocks.

Cincinnati was led by Stephanie Niemer with 11 kills, six digs and four blocks. Jessie Nevitt added nine kills and six blocks. The Bearcats hit .250 (41-18-92) for the match and had 12 total blocks.

The Cowgirls jumped out to a 3-0 lead to begin the first set, which Cincinnati came back with four unanswered to go ahead by one 4-3. Wyoming responded with a 5-1 run to regain the three point lead, 8-5. The Bearcats pulled to within two, 10-8, but Wyoming extended the lead to seven, 17-10, by scoring seven of the next nine points. UC wouldn't go away that easily as they went on a 6-4 run to make the score 21-16. The Cowgirls kept their composure and scored the final four of five to win the first set 25-17.

It was close in the early going of the second set until a 6-1 run by the Bearcats gave them an 8-3 advantage. The Cowgirls would score the next two points to make it 8-5, but Cincinnati would score six straight to make the lead 14-5. Unfortunately it didn't get much for Wyoming as the Bearcats extended the lead to double-figures, 23-8, with a 9-3 scoring run. The Cowgirls only managed to score one more point in the set as Cincinnati went on to win 25-9.

Cincinnati picked up where they left off in the third set by jumping out to a 7-2 lead. After a couple of points by Wyoming, the Bearcats continued to maintain a three to four point advantage. The Cowgirls continued to battle and pulled to within two, 12-10, but Cincinnati managed to run off 8 of the next 12 points to extend the lead back up to six, 20-14. Despite their best effort, Wyoming would fall short 25-18 to go down 2-1 in the match.

In the fourth set, the Cowgirls fell behind by a score of 8-4, but then battled back with four straight points to even things up at eight all. Cincinnati responded with a 7-2 scoring run to pull ahead by five, 15-10. Wyoming closed the gap to 15-13 unfortunately there weren't many scoring opportunities the rest of the way. The Bearcats scored the final 10 of 15 points to win the set, 25-14, and the match 3-1.

Wyoming will continue play at the Honolulu Advertiser Volleyball Challenge tomorrow against the Hawaii Rainbow Wahine, at 7:00 p.m. HT/11:00 p.m. MT, before wrapping up the weekend on Saturday against the Minnesota Gophers.