Wyoming Volleyball Falls in Tourney Opener

Sept. 18, 2009


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In the opening round of the Holly Young Invitational, the Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Team (7-4 overall) suffered a four-set loss (25-17, 25-27, 24-26, 24-26) to the New Hampshire Wildcats (4-7 overall) on Friday night in Durham.

"This is really not the way that we wanted to start off the tournament," said UW head coach Carrie Yerty. "I felt like we battled all night as a team we just came out on the short end. We need to continue as a coaching staff on getting the players to handle the pressure, execute their skills and stay composed. We have two matches left in this tournament that will be an opportunity for us to get better."

Freshman Jodi Purdy led the way for the Cowgirls with 12 kills and 11 digs. She was followed by Dani Bedore with 10 kills and 11 digs. Jadranka Tramosljanin recorded a team high 15 digs while Jessica Kagarise added 14. Wyoming hit .106 (40-25-142) and had eight total team blocks.

The Wildcats were led by Lauren Laquerre who had a team high 16 kills, while Kirsten Bates added 14 kills and nine digs. Sara Heldman finished with a match high 22 digs. UNH hit .128 (48-29-148).

New Hampshire took an early 4-1 lead to begin the first set, which was answered by a 9-1 run by the Cowgirls to give them a five-point advantage, 10-5. A service error by the Cowgirls ended the scoring run, but over the next several points they continued to maintain a five to six point lead. With the score 17-11 in favor of Wyoming, the Wildcats scored three of the next four points to pull within four, 18-14. That would be as close as they would get as Wyoming rallied off seven of ten to win the set, 25-17.

In the second set, the Wildcats came out and scored the first six of eight to take a four-point lead, 6-2. The Cowgirls scored three unanswered to pull within one, 6-5, but New Hampshire came right back with a 9-0 run to take a double-figure lead, 15-5. Wyoming battled back as they scored nine of the next ten points to make it a two-point set, 16-14. UNH responded with a 5-2 run to go back up by five, 21-16, which again the Cowgirls answered with four straight to bring the score to one point, 21-20. The Wildcats would earn set point 24-21, but the Cowgirls scored another four straight points to go up 25-24. Unfortunately, New Hampshire would score the final three points to win the set 27-25.

The Cowgirls fell behind once again in the early going of the third set, 7-3, but they would score a couple of points to make it 7-5. With the score 9-5 in favor of UNH, Wyoming would go on a 6-2 run to pull even at 11 all. Over the next several points it was back and for until four straight points by the Wildcats gave them a 17-13 lead, but Wyoming responded back with a 4-0 run of their own to tie it up. The scoring would go back and for the final several points until New Hampshire earned set point at 24-23. The Cowgirls would hold off that one off but eventually fell 26-24.

The Wildcats jumped out in the fourth set and took a 7-3 advantage. Wyoming would battle back several times but could only pull to within two points as UNH would regain the momentum each time. With the score 15-13 in favor of the Wildcats, they would go on a 4-1 run to increase the lead to five, 19-15. The Cowgirls would mount another comeback with five unanswered to even it up at 19 all and eventually took the lead at 21-20. After scoring four of the next five points to gain match point 24-22, the Wildcats would hold off the Cowgirls to win the set 26-24 and the match 3-1.

Wyoming will close out tournament play tomorrow against the Arizona State Sun Devils and the Harvard Crimson.