Sept. 11, 2010
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Team (11-1 overall) wrapped up the weekend with a split to close out the 2010 UniWyo Cowgirl Classic. In their first match of the day, the Cowgirls swept the Northern Colorado Bears (9-3 overall) by the scores of 25-23, 25-18, 25-20, but came up short in three sets (26-28, 24-26, 23-25) against the Boise State Broncos (9-2 overall) on Saturday night in Laramie.
Wyoming took an early 5-1 lead to begin the match, but a 6-3 run from Northern Colorado brought them to within one, 8-7. The Cowgirls answered with five of six to make it 13-8. They would extend that lead to seven, 19-12. The Bears battled back with another 6-1 run to bring the score to 20-18. Both teams played even the rest of the way as the Cowgirls took the first set, 25-23.
In the second set, the Cowgirls jumped out to the 5-2 lead once again. Three straight points from the Bears evened it up at five. Five quick points by the Cowgirls put them ahead 10-5. They would increase that lead to nine, 18-9, with an 8-4 run. Northern Colorado scored five of seven to make the score 20-14, but Wyoming would never relinquish the lead as they took the set 25-18 and a 2-0 lead in the match.
After Wyoming went up 3-1 in the third set, UNC scored four straight to take the lead, 5-3. The Cowgirls responded with seven of eight to retake the lead 10-6. The Bears pulled to within one, 11-10, but a 5-1 run from Wyoming helped them regain a 16-11 advantage. Northern Colorado refused to go away as they battled back to within one, 17-16. That would be as close as they would get as the Cowgirls took the set 25-20 and the match 3-0.
Senior Dani Bedore led the way with 12 kills, three digs and a .500 (12-0-24) hitting percentage. She was followed by Lauren Whitney with seven kills and a team high 13 digs. The Cowgirls hit .237 (40-13-114) for the match.
Northern Colorado was led by Kelley Arnold with 13 kills, six digs and a .345 (13-3-29) hitting percentage. The Bears hit .172 (42-21-122) for the match.
"You always head into the pre-season hoping to win every match," said head coach Carrie Yerty. "We knew heading into this weekend that this would be some of our toughest opponents. Northern Colorado is a great team that has gone to the NCAA tournament. We've just been taking it set by set and match by match. Dani (Bedore) played like a senior should play and she did a great job. She's had an excellent fall. Northern Colorado did a good job of neutralizing Whit and Jodi, but Dani stepped up along with our middle blockers."
In their second match of the day, Boise State scored the first two points of the match, which was followed by three straight by the Cowgirls. The Broncos answered with a 5-2 run to regain a 7-5 advantage. Wyoming pulled even at seven and then the two teams traded points. BSU took a small 13-11 lead, but the Cowgirls responded with seven of eight to regain the 18-14 lead. The Broncos again battled back to even it up at 21, and eventually earned set point 24-23. Wyoming would hold off two before earning one at 26-25. Unfortunately, the Broncos score the final three points to take the set 28-26.
The Cowgirls took an early 7-4 lead in the second set, which they extended to 12-7. The Broncos scored the next three points to pull within two, 12-10. Wyoming continued to maintain a two to three point lead until Boise State stormed back to regain an 18-16 advantage. Six straight points by the Cowgirls put them back up 22-18. Wyoming would earn set point at 24-21, but the Broncos scored the final five points to win the set 26-24.
It was back and forth in the early going of the third set until an 8-1 run by Boise State gave them a 12-6 lead. They would extend that to double-figures 17-7 as the Cowgirls struggled to get anything going. They wouldn't give up as they would go on a 14-4 run to even things up at 21. Despite taking a 22-21 lead, they couldn't take advantage as they fell 25-23 in the set and 3-0 in the match.
Sophomore Jodi Purdy led the way with ten kills, five digs and three service aces. She was followed by Dani Bedore with seven kills and two others with seven. Wyoming hit .109 (41-28-119) for the match and recorded eight total blocks.
"We knew coming into this weekend that we were going to play some elite teams," said head coach Carrie Yerty. "We saw that especially with Northern Colorado and Boise State, and it's really been the first time we've been pushed at a different level. Tonight we continued to play and be competitive, which is all I can ask us to do. We need to get better at a few things and that's what we will focus on before next weekend."
Wyoming will be on the road next weekend at the Gonzaga Invitational, Sept. 17-18, in Spokane, Wash. They will take on Gonzaga, Idaho and Seattle University.
2010 UniWyo Cowgirl Classic All-Tournament Team