Sept. 14, 2012
MUNCIE, Ind. -
In its first match of the Ball State Tournament, the Wyoming Cowgirl volleyball team cruised past the Wright State Raiders (1-12 overall), on Friday, in Muncie, Ind., to advance to 10-2 on the season. The Cowgirls snapped a two-game losing streak winning their seventh match in straight sets on the season.
"We had some consistent play from some key players today," Wyoming head coach Carrie Yerty said. "Jodi (Purdy) had a solid match with 14 kills and 11 digs, while Becky Stewart led the way in digs. It was great to see our younger players come in and contribute. I thought Katherine Feldman had a nice match and was aggressive at the net. Overall, it's great to be 10-2 and anytime you can win a match in three on the road it's a bonus."
Wyoming used 46 kills to down Wright State, allowing the Raiders 29 on the game. The Cowgirls also hit a three-set season-high .386 (46-7-101), while allowing a .094 (29-19-106) hitting percentage. Senior outside hitter Purdy recorded her second double-double on the season, with a season-high 14 kills and 11 digs to go along with a game-high 17 points. Junior Reese Plante led the Cowgirl hitters with a .692 hitting percentage (9-0-13) while also tying a career high with seven digs. Junior setter Rachel Keyes recorded 18 assists, while fellow junior libero Stewart added 18 digs to the Cowgirl total.
The first set played close for the first 13 points as Wright State took a 7-6 lead. Following the close start the Cowgirls went on an 9-3 run on Callie Miller, Feldman, Keyes and Purdy kills to take a 14-8 lead. The Raiders ended the UW run with a kill to make the score 14-9, but the Cowgirls proved too much scoring nine of the next 12 points. With the score 22-13 in favor of UW, it closed the door with kills from Plante and Bridget Shanahan. Wyoming took the first set 25-13.
In the second set, the Cowgirls and the Raiders traded the first four points, before the Cowgirls opened up a 15-5 run. Purdy led the UW run with four kills and a service ace. She was added by three kills from sophomore Erin Kirby, a kill from Miller and an unassisted kill from Keyes. With the score 17-7, the Raiders attempted a comeback scoring six of the next nine points. The WSU comeback fell short when Keyes stopped the 6-3 run with an unassisted kill to make the score 20-13, UW. Wyoming closed out the set scoring five of the next six points on back-to-back Plante and Purdy kills, followed by a Miller kill that finished the set 25-14.
The final set was much closer than the previous two as the teams traded points to a 9-9 tie. Looking to avoid the sweep, the Raiders reeled off eight of the next 11 points to take a 17-12 lead. A Plante kill slowed the WSU momentum and opened the door for a 4-1 Cowgirl run. With the score 18-16 in favor of WSU, it took a timeout to slow the UW advance. Wyoming came out of the timeout with a Miller kill but allowed Wright State to gain a 20-18 advantage. Back-to-back Purdy and Plante kills evened the score at 20. From that point, Purdy took control of the game recording three kills and help the Cowgirls to a 5-2 run to win the set 25-22 and win the match 3-0.
The Cowgirls will continue play at the Ball State Tournament with two matches on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. MT against Pittsburgh followed by a match with host Ball State at 5 p.m. MT.