Wyoming Volleyball Earns First Victory

Sept. 13, 2008

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball team (1-8 overall) earned their first victory of the season with a three set sweep (25-18, 25-19, 25-21) against the Cleveland State Vikings (1-8 overall) to close out the UniWyo Cowgirl Classic on Saturday night.

"I think the players did a great job at maintaining their composure," said UW head coach Carrie Yerty. "The key component to our other two losses was the fact that we didn't keep the ball in the court. Tonight we did a good job of keeping those errors down. They competed hard, executed a lot better and didn't get frazzled in tight situations."

The Cowgirls were led by sophomore Dani Bedore who finished with a team leading 14 kills, while hitting .429 (14-2-28) and tallying six digs. Both JennaRae Jester and Lauren Whitney each finished with nine kills, while setter Tasha Weishahn added eight. Samantha Eley had a season high 21 digs followed by Jenna Arneson with 13. The Cowgirls hit .396 (49-11-96) for the match and had five total team blocks. Both Weishahn and Bedore each earned All-Tournament Team honors.

Cleveland State was led by Jenni Ramminger with ten kills and a .474 (10-1-19) hitting percentage. Four players finished the match in double-figure digs led by Jordan Bateman with 21 digs. The Vikings hit .239 (42-15-113) for the match.

Wyoming took a 5-3 lead in the first set but the Vikings scored four of the next five to go up 7-6. The Cowgirls scored the next two points of three points to regain a 9-7 advantage. The teams traded points back and forth until UW went on a small run to go up 14-11. CSU pulled to within one, but Wyoming answered to make it 18-15. They would extend that lead to seven, 22-15, and closed it out 25-17.

In the second set, Cleveland State took an early 7-3 lead. They maintained a four point advantage until a 6-1 run gave the Cowgirls a 14-13 lead. The Vikings responded by scoring four of five to go up 17-15. This time, Wyoming scored four straight to regain the lead 19-17. CSU pulled to within one, but that would be as close as they would get as the Cowgirls won the set 25-19.

The Cowgirls opened up the third set with an 8-4 lead which they would extend to 11-5. A small run by Cleveland State pulled them to within five, 14-9. Wyoming scored the next three points to get the lead back up to eight, 17-9. The Vikings would not go away that easy as they scored four straight to pull within four, 17-13, and then went on an 8-4 run to make it 21 all. The Cowgirls kept their composure and scored the final four points to win the set, 25-21, and the match 3-0.

Wyoming will open up conference play next week by hosting BYU and Utah.

Wyoming Cowgirl Classic All-Tournament Team

MVP, Casey Dent, UAB

All-Tournament
Aleksandra Vujovic, UAB
Ivana Bozic, UAB
Karina Garlington, Kansas
Natalie Uhart, Kansas
Dani Bedore, Wyoming
Tasha Weishahn, Wyoming