Sept. 12, 2009
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Team (6-3 overall) went 1-1 on Saturday with a straight set victory (25-19, 25-16, 25-19) against The Citadel Bulldogs and a four-set loss (11-25, 25-22, 23-25, 23-25) against the Utah State Aggies to close out the Fiesta Bowl Classic, on Saturday, in Flagstaff.
"We really showed great character to come back and beat The Citadel after our loss to Utah State," said UW head coach Carrie Yerty. "We competed extremely well against all three of these teams this weekend, and I feel like we are a better team than we were before this tournament. I was very pleased with the blocking performance of JennaRae (Jester) and Camille (Coffman) today, and Camille did a tremendous job all weekend long. Dani Bedore was a very consistent player for us as well. Overall, I was pleased with our results."
In the victory over The Citadel, the Cowgirls were led by freshman Jodi Purdy. She recorded a team high 11 kills, while hitting .500 (11-3-16) and adding five digs. Camille Coffman added nine kills and two blocks while hitting .538 (9-2-13) followed by Dani Bedore and Lauren Whitney with eight kills each. Senior libero Jessica Kagarise had a team high ten digs. Wyoming hit a season high .449 (47-12-78) for the match and recorded 47 kills, ten service aces and four total team blocks.
The Bulldogs were led by Tatum Jestila with seven kills and three digs, while hitting .357 (7-2-14) for the match. Jessica Maas added six kills followed by Kathryn Johnston with four. The Citadel hit .167 (26-14-72) and had eight total team blocks.
Two Cowgirls finished the Utah State match in double-figures. Jodi Purdy had a team high 17 kills, while adding eight digs and two block assists. She would also hit .344 (17-6-32) for the match. Jadranka Tramosljanin would record her first double-double of her career with ten kills and ten digs. Dani Bedore added nine kills and nine digs, while Camille Coffman followed with eight kills. Jessica Kagarise led the way with 12 digs in the match. As a team, Wyoming hit .183 (53-29-131) and recorded 53 kills, 47 digs and seven total team blocks.
Utah State was led by Liz McArthur with 15 kills, two digs and two block assists. Emily Kortsen added seven kills followed by Shantell Durrant with six kills. The Aggies hit .223 (44-17-121) and had 11 total team blocks.
Wyoming will return to play next week with a four-match road trip. They will play Brown, on Thursday, September 17, in Providence followed by three matches at the Holly Young Invitational in Durham, N.H. They will take on Arizona State, Harvard and New Hampshire.