Sept. 10, 2010
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Team (10-0 overall) opened up the first day of the 2010 UniWyo Cowgirl Classic with two wins. In their first match of the day, the Cowgirls were taken to four sets (25-18, 25-22, 24-26, 25-16) by the Portland Pilots (4-3 overall) and then wrapped things up against the UT-Arlington Mavericks (3-6 overall) in straight sets (25-15, 25-17, 25-22).
Portland jumped out to an early 6-2 lead to begin the match. The Cowgirls answered with five straight to take their first lead of the match, 7-6. After two points by the Pilots, Wyoming scored the next 9 of 11 to regain a six point advantage, 16-10. Portland would end the run but were only able to pull within six, 19-13, as the Cowgirls took the first match 25-18.
Wyoming took a 5-1 lead in the early going of the second set, but a 6-2 run from the Pilots pulled them all even at seven. The Cowgirls scored the next six of eight to regain a four point advantage, 13-9. After Portland made it a one point set, 16-15, Wyoming jumped back up by four, 20-16. The Pilots wouldn't go away as they battled back to within three, 20-19. The Cowgirls held on and went on a 5-3 run to close out the set, 25-22, to take a 2-0 lead in the match.
Wyoming scored five of the first six points to go up 5-1, but the Pilots scored three straight to pull within one, 5-4. The Cowgirls responded with a 7-4 run to regain a 12-8 advantage. They would maintain that three to four point lead for the next 13 points making it 20-16. The Pilots scored five straight to take their first lead of the set 21-20. After UW tied it up at 21 all, the two teams traded scores back and forth before Portland earned set point, 24-23. The Cowgirls could hold off one, but would fall short 26-24.
After each team scored a couple of points to begin the fourth set, the Cowgirls went on a 7-3 run to make the score 9-5. They would extend that to eight by scoring seven of ten which took the score to 16-8. Portland was unable to ever make a big run as Wyoming took the set, 25-16, and the match 3-1.
Three Cowgirls finished the match in double-figures in kills led by sophomore Jodi Purdy. She recorded a season high 20 kills and ten digs, while hitting .436 (20-3-39). Senior Lauren Whitney finished with 15 kills and four service aces, while Dani Bedore added 11 kills and five digs. Wyoming hit .310 (64-20-142), while out blocking the Pilots, 13-5.
Portland was led by Katie Hronek who finished with 14 kills and three digs. Rachel Femling followed with nine kills and a .438 (9-2-16) hitting percentage. The Pilots hit .179 (48-26-123) for the match.
"We really worked very hard in preparing for the Portland match," said head coach Carrie Yerty. "When you see your team prepare and then execute the plan, you know you are getting better as a team. Portland is a very good team. They just beat Wichita State last weekend who was in the NCAA Tournament a year ago. We didn't allow them to get into a grove, which was key. We focused our match around serving which neutralized their offense, and we blocked extremely well."
In their second match of the day, it was all Cowgirls to begin the match as they scored ten straight points with serving and defense. After the Mavericks scored their first point, both teams traded points as Wyoming continued to lead by double-figures, 16-6. Despite begin outscored the remainder of the set, the Cowgirls took it by the score of 25-15.
In the second set, the Mavericks took the early 9-5 advantage. Wyoming answered with nine straight to take their first lead, 14-9. UT-Arlington would end the scoring run, but the Cowgirls extended the lead to nine, 22-13, with an 8-3 run. They would win the set 25-17 to take a 2-0 lead in the match.
The Cowgirls scored the first point of the third set and led the entire way except two times when the teams were tied up. They held a lead as large as six at 19-13. UTA battled back with a 9-3 run to even things at 22 all. Wyoming kept their composure and scored the final three points to win the set 25-22 and the match 3-0.
"I'm really excited about the how the team has progressed and how confident we've been playing," said Yerty. "It was nice to see subs go in and gain some experience. Jodi Purdy played great defensively and came up with big points. It was nice to see Reese (Roehrkasse) have a good match as well, plus JennaRae Jester hitting .636 for the match. Overall, I'm pleased with being 10-0 and very proud of the players. I look forward to the matches tomorrow against two very tough opponents."
Wyoming will close out the weekend tomorrow as they take on the Northern Colorado Bears and the Boise State Broncos. The match against UNC is set to begin at 1:30 p.m. while the Boise State match will start at 7:00 p.m.