Cowgirls Fall to Bulldogs, 3-1

Sept. 5, 2009

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Team (4-2 overall) suffered a heartbreaking defeat in the championship match of the UniWyo Cowgirl Classic with a 3-1 loss (18-25, 12-25, 25-23, 20-25) against the Fresno State Bulldogs (5-1 overall) on Saturday night in Laramie.

"We started off slow tonight, which I don't know if we were hesitant or nervous," said UW head coach Carrie Yerty. "We went in between sets two and three and talked about what we could do on our side to play better. They came out and battled in set three and I thought we had the momentum back. We struggled passing tonight which is unusual for us. I think we need to work on pressure situations, and continue to build our confidence.

"It was disappointing not to win, but the players gave everything they had," she added. "It's up to us as a staff to train and develop them into players that can handle every situation. We will get there it will just take one day at a time."

Lauren Whitney led the way for the Cowgirls with 14 kills and a .281 (14-5-32) hitting percentage. She was followed by Jodi Purdy who recorded 12 kills and five digs. Wyoming hit .197 (46-21-127) for the match.

Fresno State was led by Baylee Platt who finished with 14 kills and 12 digs. Three other players recorded nine kills each. The Bulldogs hit .278 (53-16-133) for the match and out blocked the Cowgirls 12-4.

In the first set, the Cowgirls took an early 8-4 lead. The Bulldogs answered with seven straight points to take an 11-8 advantage. Wyoming pulled to within one, 11-10, but FSU scored five of seven to make it a four point set, 16-12. The Cowgirls would even it up at 16 all, unfortunately Fresno State out scored them 9-2 the rest of the way to win the set 25-18.

Fresno State continued the momentum into the second set as they took a 6-1 lead. They would extend that lead to double figures, 13-2, with a 7-1 run. It didn't fair much better for the Cowgirls down the stretch as they continued to struggle. The Bulldogs would win the set 25-12 to take a 2-0 lead in the match.

The teams traded points in the early part of the third set until the Bulldogs went up 9-6. Wyoming battled back with a 7-2 run to take a two point lead, 13-11. They would extend their advantage to five, 19-14. FSU responded by scoring 9 of 12 to pull even at 22. The Cowgirls would score the final three of four to win the set, 25-23.

Fresno State took the lead from the beginning of the fourth set, 10-6. Over the next several points, they continued to maintain a three to four point lead until a 7-1 run by the Cowgirls gave them a 17-15 lead. Four straight points put the Bulldogs back on top 19-17. Wyoming would pull to within one, 19-18, but unfortunately their comeback would fall short. They would be out scored 6-2 the rest of the way as Fresno State went on to the 25-20 win in the set and a 3-1 victory in the match.

Wyoming will now head out on the road for the first time as they travel to the state of Arizona. They will participate in the Fiesta Bowl Classic, Friday-Saturday, Sept. 11-12, and will play Northern Arizona, The Citadel and Utah State.

All-Tournament Team

Allanah Munson, Fresno State, MVP
Kelly Leonardo, Fresno State
Lauren Berger, Fresno State
Britta Hanson, North Dakota
Kyla Hendry, Montana State
Jodi Purdy, Wyoming
Lauren Whitney, Wyoming