Wyoming Volleyball Falls in Conference Opener To BYU

Sept. 18, 2008

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball team (1-9 overall, 0-1 in the MWC) opened up the 2008 Mountain West Conference season with a three set loss (14-25, 19-25, 25-27) against the 24th ranked BYU Cougars (8-2 overall, 1-0 in the MWC) on Thursday night in Laramie.

"We have to come out from the very first play of the match, and be ready to play regardless of who is across the net," said UW head coach Carrie Yerty. "Our team is unique that we don't have a deep bench, so every player has to carry a load. They have to help out not only on the offensive and defensive side of the ball, but they need to take on a leadership role as well. We struggle as a team if we have one or two players off in a match."

The Cowgirls were led by sophomore Dani Bedore who finished with a team leading 11 kills and nine digs. Lauren Whitney followed with ten kills, while JennaRae Jester added six kills. Setter Tasha Weishahn finished with 30 assists and seven digs. The Cowgirls hit .116 (36-23-112) and had five total team blocks.

For the Cougars, Rachel Dyer and Kayla Walker each recorded ten kills. Three players finished with double-figure digs led by Morgan Lloyd with 13, Bryn Porter had 12 and Melissa Lake recorded ten. BYU hit .221 (37-14-104) and had seven total blocks.

The two teams battled back and forth in the early going of the first set until the Cougars went on a 4-1 run to go up 11-6. Wyoming scored the next two points, but BYU responded by scoring 7 of 11 to increase their lead to eight, 18-10. It didn't get much better for the Cowgirls as they could only manage to score four points the remainder of the way as BYU won the set, 25-14.

BYU continued where they left off in the second set by taking a 7-1 lead. After a Cowgirl timeout, Wyoming went on a 4-2 run to pull within four, 9-5. The Cougars answered by scoring 7 of 10 to extend their advantage to eight, 16-8. Wyoming tried to battle back with a 7-1 run of their own to pull within two, 17-15. Unfortunately their comeback would fall short as BYU scored the final seven of eleven to win the set 25-19 to take a 2-0 in the match.

In the third set, Wyoming fell behind 6-2 but they battled back to pull within two, 8-6. The Cougars responded with a 7-2 scoring run to regain a seven point lead, 15-8. This time, the Cowgirls scored 8 of 11 to make it a three point set, 19-16. The two teams played even over the next several points until BYU earned match point, 24-21. UW held off five match points and tied it up twice. With the score all even at 25, the Cougars scored the final two points to win the set 27-25 and the match 3-0.

Wyoming will close out the weekend on Saturday, Sept. 20, against the Utah Utes. The match is set to begin at 7 p.m. in the UniWyo Sports Complex.