Cowgirl Volleyball Falls To Kansas In Tournament Finale

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The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Team (9-2 overall) closed out a tough weekend with a three set loss (13-25, 21-25, 18-25) against the Kansas Jayhawks (9-1 overall). Junior libero Becky Stewart was named to the Jayhawk Invitational All-Tournament Team.

"Overall, this tournament was a good experience for our team," said head coach Carrie Yerty. "The next step for the team is too compete with Top 40 teams. I'm proud of our win against Arizona State and think we gained some experience. Becky (Stewart) had a solid weekend and I'm proud of her all-tournament team selection, plus Reese Plante had solid numbers. We are looking forward to a week of training in preparation for our final preseason tournament of the year."

Jodi Purdy and Camille Coffman led all Cowgirls with seven kills, while Purdy added 12 digs. Rachel Keyes finished the match with 17 assists, while Becky Stewart had a team high 14 digs. Wyoming hit .173 (31-13-104) for the match and had five total team blocks. Kansas was led by Caroline Jarmoc with 13 kills followed by Tayler Tolefree with 12. Brianne Riley had a match high 21 digs. The Jayhawks hit .297 (48-15-111) for the match.

The Cowgirls scored the first couple of points to begin the match which was answered by nine straight from Kansas to give them an eight point lead, 10-2. A kill from Jodi Purdy ended the run, but the Jayhawks scored the next five of eight to increase the lead to nine, 15-6. The Cowgirls tried to chip away at the lead scoring three straight making it 15-9. Unfortunately that would be as close as Wyoming would get in the set. Kansas outscored the Cowgirls 10-4 down the stretch to win set one 25-13. UW hit .219 (10-3-32) and tallied 11 digs, while the Jayhawks recorded a .387 (15-3-31) hitting percentage and 13 assists.

The teams went back and forth in the second set as it was tied up and five all. Kansas scored the next three of four points to give them a small 8-6 lead, which was answered by a run from the Cowgirls evening it up at 9-9. Three straight from the Jayhawks extended the score back to 12-9. After Wyoming scored the next point, Kansas went on a 7-3 run to increase their advantage back to six, 19-13. The Cowgirls responded with four of the next five closing the gap to three, 20-17. The Jayhawks pushed the lead back to five, 23-18, but Wyoming battled back closing it to 23-21. Out of a Kansas timeout, they scored the last two points to win the set, 25-21, to take a 2-0 lead in the match. Camille Coffman had four kills and one block assist in the set, while the Cowgirls tallied ten kills.

The third set started off like the second with the two teams trading points. With it all tied up at four, Kansas went on a 6-1 run to increase their lead to four, 10-6. The Cowgirls chipped away at the lead started by a Calli Miller kill to even things up at 11. After a KU timeout, the Jayhawks scored five unanswered to make the lead 16-11. Wyoming tried to battle back by scoring four of the next six to pull within three, 18-15. Unfortunately, they couldn't make a big enough comeback as they lost the set 25-18 and the match 3-0.

Wyoming will return to action next weekend on the road next week at the Ball State Tournament in Muncie, Ind. They will take on Wright State, on Friday, Sept. 14, and Pittsburgh and Ball State, on Saturday, Sept. 15.

All-Tournament Team

MVP - Caroline Jarmoc, Kansas

Tayler Tolefree, Kansas

Brianne Riley, Kansas

Macey Garder, Arizona State

Erica Wilson, Arizona State

Becky Stewart, Wyoming

Emily Neideffer, College of Charleston