Sept. 17, 2009
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Team (7-3 overall) earned a straight set victory (25-21, 25-22, 25-17) over the Brown Bears (1-5 overall) on Thursday night in Providence.
"Tonight's match gave us an opportunity to play before we start our tournament at New Hampshire," said UW head coach Carrie Yerty. "JennaRae (Jester) was steady for us both offensively and defensively, along with Jodi Purdy who is very consistent for us. They battled back under pressure in sets one and two, which helped us come up with this victory."
Two Cowgirls finished the night in double-figures led by Jodi Purdy. She recorded 11 kills and eight digs while hitting .375 (11-2-24). JennaRae Jester recorded ten kills and six blocks, while hitting .526 (10-0-19). Wyoming hit .265 (35-8-102) for the match and had ten total team blocks.
Brown was led by Brianna Williamson with eight kills and 14 digs, while Megan Toman recorded six kills. The Bears hit .096 (33-22-114) for the match.
Wyoming took the early 4-2 lead in the first set, which they extended to four, 7-3. The Bears would score the next six of ten to pull within one, 10-9. The Cowgirls would continue to maintain their lead but unfortunately Brown would answer back with a 5-1 run to pull ahead, 16-15. After the Cowgirls evened it up at 17 all, Brown would score four of six to take a two point advantage, 21-19. Wyoming maintained their composure and closed out the set with six straight points to win 25-21.
It was back and forth in the beginning of the second set until Brown went on a 6-3 run to take an 11-8 lead. The Cowgirls would respond with a 5-2 scoring run to even it up at 13. Unfortunately, the Bears would score the next five of seven to take a three point lead, 18-15. This time Wyoming would answer with another run to tie it up at 20 all. They would only allow Brown to score two more points as UW took the second set, 25-22.
In the third set, the Cowgirls would take a very small lead at 5-3, but Brown would even up the score at six all. Wyoming responded by scoring the next ten straight points to take a double-figure lead, 16-6. The Bears would finally break the scoring drought and play even over the next several points to make the score 22-13. Wyoming would hold on to win the set 25-17 and the match 3-0.
Wyoming continues their road trip tomorrow at the Holly Young Invitational in Durham, N.H. They will take on New Hampshire, tomorrow night, at 5:00 p.m. MT. The following day they will take on Arizona State and Harvard to close out the weekend.