Sept. 4, 2010
DELAND, Fla. -
On the final day of the Clarion Invitational, the Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Team (8-0 overall) would take away the team championship with two victories and move their record to a perfect 8-0.
In their first match of the day, the Cowgirls were taken to four sets (25-12, 20-25, 25-14, 25-16) by the Florida Atlantic Owls (5-2 overall) and then wrapped things up against the Stetson Hatters in straight sets (25-15, 25-19, 25-11).
"The weekend overall was a tremendous success for the Cowgirls," said UW head coach Carrie Yerty. "We reached many of our statistical goals and each member of our squad gained valuable experience. We are excited to be 8-0 heading back to our fans and hosting our next pre-season tournament.
It was back and forth through the first 12 points of the match as the score was all even at six. The Cowgirls would make a 7-3 run to go ahead, 12-9. After a couple of points from Florida Atlantic, Wyoming would score 13 of the final 14 points, including a stretch of 11 straight, to take the first set 25-12.
The Cowgirls scored the first four points of the second set, which they extended to 10-4. Florida Atlantic would answer with five unanswered to pull within one, 10-9, which was followed by a 6-2 run from Wyoming to make the score 16-11. With the score 20-15 in favor of UW, the Owls ran off the final ten points of the set to take a 25-20 win and tie up the match at one set a piece.
After a couple of score by each team to begin the third set, the Cowgirls went on an 8-1 run to gain a seven point advantage, 10-3. Florida Atlantic would end the scoring drought to make it 10-4, but Wyoming scored the next five of six to extend the lead to double-figures, 15-5. The two teams basically played even the remainder of the set, which was taken by the Cowgirls 25-14 and gave them a 2-1 lead in the match.
In the fourth set, Florida Atlantic stormed out to a 6-1 lead to begin. The Cowgirls battled back with a 9-4 run to tie it up at ten all. After two points from the Owls, Wyoming scored the next eight of nine to take their first lead of the set, 18-13. It would be a lead they would never relinquish as they took the set 25-16 and the match 3-1.
Four Cowgirls finished the match in double-figures led by Jodi Purdy. She recorded a match high 15 kills and eight service aces plus six digs. She was followed by Dani Bedore with 13 kills, five digs and a career high .650 (13-0-20) hitting percentage. Lauren Whitney and JennaRae Jester each added ten kills. Jadranka Tramosljanin finished with a team high 11 digs while Barbara Lasic added ten. Wyoming hit .350 (59-17-120) for the match.
Florida Atlantic was led by Anne Vaughan and Christina Wallinger with nine kills each. Joanne Marras Tate had a team high ten digs. The Owls hit .192 (33-14-99) for the match and out blocked the Cowgirls 10-5.
In their second match of the day, the Cowgirls took a score of 6-2 to open up the first set against the Stetson Hatters. As freshman Rachel Keyes was about ready to serve for Wyoming the lights went out at the Edmunds Center. It was decided that the event could be moved to the Hollis Center on the campus of Stetson University. After an approximately 45 minute delay, the match was resumed. Keyes would serve four straight points for the Cowgirls to extend their lead to eight, 10-2. A point by Stetson would end the run, which was answered by five of eight points by Wyoming to give them a 16-6 advantage. The Hatters scored the next four points to pull within six, 16-10. Wyoming would hold Stetson to just five points the rest of the way as they took the first set 25-15.
Wyoming jumped out to the 7-1 lead to begin the second set behind some solid serving and blocking. After two points by Stetson, the Cowgirls ran off seven of nine to gvie them a 14-5 advantage. The Hatters battled back with a 6-1 run of their own to bring the score to within four, 15-11. The two teams would play fairly even the remainder of the way as the Cowgirls pulled out the 25-19 win in the set to take a 2-0 lead in the match.
The Cowgirls led from the start of the third set as they opened up a 7-2 lead. Stetson would pull as close as four, 9-5, but Wyoming scored the final 16 of 22 to win the set, 25-11, and the match 3-0.
Lauren Whitney led the way with nine kills, five digs and a .318 (9-2-22) hitting percentage. Dani Bedore and Camille Coffman followed with eight kills. Jadranka Tramosljanin recorded a career high 22 digs. Wyoming hit .246 (49-12-107) for the match.
Wyoming will return home as they host the UniWyo Cowgirl Classic, Friday-Saturday, Sept. 10-11. They will host Boise State, Northern Colorado, Portland and UT-Arlington.