Cowgirl Volleyball Opens Up Weekend With Victory

Sept. 17, 2010

SPOKANE, Wash. -

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In their opening match of the Gonzaga Invitational, the Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Team (12-1 overall) earned a three-set victory, 25-23, 25-20, 25-21, over the Gonzaga Bulldogs (2-11 overall) on Friday night in Spokane.

"We blocked extremely well tonight," said UW head coach Carrie Yerty. "We also did a nice job neutralizing their offense. Overall, it was a total team effort, and we are looking forward to our matches tomorrow."

Wyoming was led by Lauren Whitney who recorded a team high 11 kills, six digs and a 11-5-25 (.240) hitting percentage. She was followed by Dani Bedore with nine kills, while Jadranka Tramosljanin recorded 19 digs. As a team, the Cowgirls hit .156 (36-19-109) for the match and out blocked Gonzaga 13-5. The Bulldogs were led by Kaprina Goodwin who had ten kills. As a team, they hit 35-27-106 (.075).

Gonzaga took an 8-4 lead to begin the first set. The Cowgirls answered with a 6-2 run to even things up at ten. After Gonzaga scored the next two points, Wyoming scored five of the next five of six to make it 15-13. The Bulldogs battled back and pulled ahead by one, 21-20. UW kept their composure and closed out the set on a 5-2 run to take the set, 25-23.

In the second set, the Cowgirls jumped out to an 8-2 advantage. Gonzaga pulled to within two, 8-6, and would eventually tie it up at 11 all. Wyoming would build the lead back up to four, 16-12. The Bulldogs scored five of eight which made it 19-17. Wyoming went on to win the set 25-20 to give them a 2-0 lead in the match.

It was the Cowgirls again in the early third set who took a 6-2 lead. Gonzaga scored the next seven of ten to pull within one, 10-9. Wyoming would pull away and take a 19-14 advantage with a 9-5 run. The Bulldogs would claw back and evened it up at 19 all. The Cowgirls would hold Gonzaga to just two points the remainder of the set as they won 25-21 and the match 3-0.

The Cowgirls will close out the weekend tomorrow with two matches. They will take on the Idaho Vandals, at 11:00 a.m., followed by the Seattle University Redhawks, at 5:30 p.m. Both times are Mountain Time.