Sept. 5, 2008
HONOLULU, Hawaii -
In their second match of the weekend the Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Team (0-5 overall) was swept in three sets (15-25, 10-25, 18-25) by the 11th ranked Hawaii Rainbow Wahine (3-2 overall), on Friday night at the Honolulu Advertiser Volleyball Challenge.
"I was very pleased with the effort the Cowgirls gave," said UW head coach Carrie Yerty. "We competed for every point and our defense and blocking were stronger tonight. Tasha set a nice match with her ball distribution which allowed our hitters to score. We were also more consistent passing and serving."
Hawaii was led by Stephanie Ferrell with 13 kills, seven digs and three total blocks. Tara Little led the way in digs with 12. The Rainbow Wahine hit .343 (48-11-108) for the match and out blocked the Cowgirls 7-3.
The Cowgirls would score the first point of the first set, and then Hawaii would answer with five straight points to take the four point lead, 5-1. Wyoming responded by scoring the next three of four points to pull within two, 6-4, but the Rainbow Wahine stormed right back with a 9-0 run to extend the lead to double-figures, 15-4. Despite the deficit, the Cowgirls continued to battle and scored six of the next nine to make the score 18-10. That would be as close as they would get as Hawaii went on to win the first set, 25-15.
Hawaii dominated from the beginning of the second set as they took a 9-3 lead. The Cowgirls made a little dent by scoring four of the next seven to pull within five 12-7. Unfortunately, the Rainbow Wahine had other ideas as they turned it on defensively allowing the Cowgirls to only score three more points as they took the second set 25-10 and a 2-0 lead in the match.
In set three, Wyoming took a slight 3-2 lead which was answered with three straight by Hawaii to go up by two, 5-3. The Cowgirls responded by scoring three of the next four points to even things up at six all. Over the next several points, the two teams battled back and forth until six unanswered by the Rainbow Wahine gave them a 14-9 advantage. Wyoming pulled to within four several times but couldn't overcome the deficit as Hawaii would win the set, 25-18 and the match 3-0.
Wyoming will close out play at the Honolulu Advertiser Volleyball Challenge tomorrow against Minnesota Golden Gophers. The match is set to begin at 2:00 p.m. HT/6:00 p.m. MT.