Sept. 18, 2010
SPOKANE, Wash. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Team moved to 14-1 overall on the year and would win the Gonzaga Invitational with two victories on Saturday in Spokane. They would earn a three set victory, 25-16, 25-15, 28-26, over the Idaho Vandals (4-8 overall), while being taken to five sets (25-20, 25-6, 22-25, 22-25, 15-11) by the Seattle Redhawks (6-8 overall). Jadranka Tramosljanin was named the MVP of the tournament, while Camille Coffman and Barbara Lasic earned All-Tournament Team honors.
"We blocked extremely well in both matches today," said head coach Carrie Yerty. "I was pleased with the play of several players including Jadranka, Camille and Barbara. Jadranka finished with some great numbers from the libero position, while Camille was an offensive weapon for us and played solid defensively. Barbara showed her maturity and did a good job of moving the ball around. Overall, I was proud of the team and how consistently they played all weekend."
Wyoming scored the first two points to begin the Idaho match which was answered with four straight by the Vandals to give them a 4-2 lead. The Cowgirls came back with a 6-4 run to regain a 10-6 lead, and expanded to eight, 16-8. With the score 19-9 in favor of UW, they would be outscored 7-6 the rest of the set but came away with the 25-16 win.
The Cowgirls took control early in the second set with a 7-2 advantage. After a couple of points from Idaho brought them to within three, 7-4, Wyoming scored five of seven to expand their lead to six, 12-6. The Vandals would go on a 5-3 run to pull to within four, 15-11, but that's as close as they would get. The Cowgirls only allowed Idaho to score four more points as they took the set 25-15 and a 2-0 lead in the match.
Wyoming would score the first point of the third set, but the Vandals scored six of nine to take a 6-4 lead. They would increase that to four, 11-7, with a 5-3 run. The Cowgirls responded with a 7-5 run of their own to pull within two, 16-14. After an Idaho timeout, they quickly regained a four point lead, 19-15. Wyoming continued to battle back and would eventually tie it up at 21 all. The two teams traded points back and forth until the Cowgirls earned match point at 24-23. The Vandals would hold off two match points before Wyoming would take the set, 28-26 and the match 3-0.
Jodi Purdy led the way for the Cowgirls with 14 kills, nine digs and a career high seven block assists. She was followed by Camille Coffman with ten kills, five block assists and a .562 (10-1-16) hitting percentage. Sophomore Jadranka Tramosljanin recorded a career high 29 digs. Wyoming hit .252 (48-17-123) and out blocked the Vandals 16 to 10.5.
Idaho was led by Alicia Milo with eight kills followed by Kelsey Taylor with seven kills and two digs. The Vandals hit .049 (29-23-123) for the match.
In their second match of the day against the Seattle Redhawks, the Cowgirls took an early 4-2 lead. Seattle would tie it up at seven all and eventually took a 9-8 lead. Wyoming responded with a 6-1 run to regain a four point lead, 14-10, but the Redhawks battled back to even the score at 17. The Cowgirls would score the next point and never lost the lead as they won the set 25-20.
Wyoming dominated to the second set as they would only allow the Redhawks to score six points to win the set 25-6.
Seattle rebounded in the third set as they jumped out to a 6-2 lead. The Cowgirls went on a 5-1 run to pull within one, 7-6. The Redhawks would score the next four of five to regain a four point advantage, 11-7. They would increase that lead to six, 18-12. Wyoming battled back with a 9-2 scoring run to pull ahead by one, 21-20. Unfortunately, Seattle answered with five of the final six points to win the set, 25-22.
The momentum continued to be on the Redhawks side as they opened up the fourth set as they took the 7-2 advantage. Wyoming would pull to within three, 7-4, but Seattle scored the next 9 of 14 to regain a seven point lead, 16-9. They continued to maintain a five to six point advantage and earned set point at 24-17. The Cowgirls would respond with five points to pull within two, 24-22, but their comeback would fall short as SU won the set, 25-22, to force a fifth and deciding game.
In the fifth set, the Redhawks went up 2-1 early, but the Cowgirls scored the next six of nine to take their first lead of the set, 7-4. Seattle scored the next two points to pull within one, 7-6. After a timeout, Wyoming responded with a 4-3 run to regain an 11-7 advantage. They would hold on to win the set, 15-11, and the match 3-2.
Jodi Purdy finished with a team high 13 kills, nine digs and four block assists. She was followed by Camille Coffman with ten kills and a .444 (10-2-18) hitting percentage. Reese Roehrkasse had a team high eight block assists, while Jadranka Tramosljanin had 26 digs. The Cowgirls hit .269 (60-21-145) for the match and out blocked the Redhawks, 17-10.
Seattle was led by Cristin Richards and Julia Bonadio who had 15 kills each. Sarah Jaeckel followed with ten kills and eight digs. The Redhawks hit .065 (48-38-155) for the match.
The Cowgirls will begin conference play next weekend on the road in Utah. They will face the Utah Utes, on Thursday, Sept. 23, in Salt Lake City, and the BYU Cougars, on Saturday, Sept. 25, in Provo.