Wyoming Volleyball Splits on Day

Sept. 19, 2009


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The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Team (8-5 overall) closed out the weekend going 1-1 at the Holly Young Invitational, on Saturday afternoon, in Durham, N.H. In their first match of the day, the Cowgirls were defeated by the Arizona State Sun Devils (8-2 overall) in four sets by scores of 25-20, 25-12, 22-25, 25-12, but defeated the Harvard Crimson (3-7 overall) in four sets (20-25, 25-21, 25-23, 26-24).

"Our team was led by Jodi (Purdy) and Dani (Bedore), who were consistent and aggressive," said UW head coach Carrie Yerty. "I'm proud of their effort after this morning's match, that they really battled back against Harvard. We were focused and stayed with our game plan."

In the first match of the day, the Sun Devils jumped out early in the first set as they took a 4-2 advantage, which was answered with a 3-1 Cowgirl run to go ahead by one, 6-5. After ASU evened it up on the next point, the two teams traded scores over the next several points. With it tied up at nine all, the Sun Devils scored six of nine to take a three point advantage, 15-12. Wyoming responded with a 5-1 run to pull ahead by one, 17-16. Unfortunately, Arizona State would close out the set on a 9-3 run to win 25-20.

Wyoming fell behind in the second set, 5-2, and then a 5-1 run by ASU extended their lead to 10-3. The Cowgirls would score the next four of six to pull to within five, 12-7. Unfortunately, Arizona State continued to maintain that five to six point lead which would increase to double-figures. The Sun Devils would close out the set on a 6-0 run to win 25-12 to take a 2-0 lead in the match.

In the third set, Arizona State took a slight 6-4 lead, but the Cowgirls answered with a 5-0 scoring run to go up 9-6. The Sun Devils respond by scoring seven of ten to regain a one point advantage, 13-12. Wyoming battled back once again with another 7-3 to put themselves up three, 19-16. ASU would mount a comeback and tie the score at 22 all, but the Cowgirls maintained their composure and scored the final three points to take the set, 25-22.

It was all Sun Devils to begin the fourth set as they went up 8-2. A small run by the Cowgirls pulled them to within five, 10-5, but Arizona State continued to dominate. They would out score Wyoming 15-7 down the stretch to win the set, and the match, 3-1.

Two Cowgirls finished the match in double digits led by Jodi Purdy. She recorded a double-double with 11 kills and 15 digs. Dani Bedore added 11 kills, while Jessica Kagarise recorded a career high 25 digs. Wyoming hit .110 (42-26-146) for the match.

ASU was led by Sarah Reaves and Sofie Schlaginwelt who each had 17 kills while Schlaginwelt added 12 digs. The Sun Devils hit .298 (51-12-131) and recorded 19 total team blocks.

The Cowgirls took a small 4-2 lead in the first, but Harvard ran off 10 of 11 points to take a 12-5 advantage. After Wyoming ended the Crimson scoring run, they would go on a 4-2 run to close the gap to four, 14-10. Harvard responded with a 4-2 run to regain a seven point lead, 19-12. The Cowgirls would pull to within four, but that's as close they would get. The Crimson would win the first set 25-20.

In the second set, Wyoming went up 5-3 in the early going, but the Crimson scored the next three points to make it 6-5. The Cowgirls would go on a 6-2 run to regain a three-point lead 11-8, which they extended to 14-9. Harvard responded by scoring 5-1 to make it 15-14, and then scored three of four to re-take the lead, 17-16. Wyoming would mount a comeback as they scored six of the next seven to go back up four, 22-18. They would hold on to win the set 25-21.

After UW scored the first point of the third set, Harvard went on 9-3 run to make the score 9-4. The Cowgirls battled back and went on a 8-4 run of their own to pull within one, 13-12. The Crimson answered with five of the next six points to extend the lead back to five, 18-13. Wyoming wouldn't go away as five unanswered evened up the score at 18 all. The two teams traded the lead back and forth until the Cowgirls scored the final two points to take the set 25-23 and a 2-1 lead in the match.

Harvard took an 8-3 lead to begin the third set, which they extended to 12-6. The Cowgirls responded with a 7-2 scoring run to pull within one, 14-13. Unfortunately, the Crimson scored the next seven of ten to regain the 21-16 advantage. Wyoming battled back with another 7-2 scoring run to tie it up at 23 all. Harvard would hold off one match point, but Wyoming would pull out the 26-24 win in the set and 3-1 in the match.

The Cowgirls were led by freshman Jodi Purdy who had a career high 25 kills along with 13 digs and a .352 (25-6-54) hitting percentage. JennaRae Jester added 13 kills and five block assists. Both Purdy and Jester were named to the all-tournament team. Wyoming hit .239 for the (62-20-176) match.

The Crimson were led by Taylor Docter with 14 kills and ten digs, followed by Mikaelle Comrie with 13 kills. Harvard hit .239 (54-17-155) for the match as well.

Wyoming will begin the 2009 MWC season on Tuesday, Sept. 22, against the UNLV Rebels. The match is set to begin at 8:00 p.m. MT in Las Vegas.