Sept. 20, 2008
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball team (2-9 overall, 1-1 in the MWC) earned a thrilling three set victory (25-22, 25-20, 25-18) against Utah Utes (7-4 overall, 0-2 in the MWC) on Saturday night in Laramie. It was the first time since 2002 that a Wyoming volleyball team had defeated the Utes. UW had earned a 3-0 victory on Oct. 18, 2002 in Laramie.
"This team has had two close matches against good teams," said UW head coach Carrie Yerty. "It was nice to see composure and the execution of our game plan, everywhere from serving, passing, offensively and defensively. Tasha (Weishahn) set like a leader tonight. She did a great job with her distribution to the hitters.
"I think the players were really confident, and I know they were disappointed by how they came out against BYU. We talked about big isn't always the best, and this team has a lot of heart and they train hard in practice. I know that they are enjoying their experience and getting better every time."
Two players finished the night in double-figures led by sophomore Dani Bedore. She recorded a double-double with 14 kills and a career high 12 digs. She also hit .379 (14-3-29) for the match. Jenna Arneson added 11 kills and a .474 (11-2-19) hitting percentage. Senior Tasha Weishahn had 39 assists and seven digs as well. Wyoming hit .305 (48-16-105) and had four total team blocks.
The Utes were led by Emillie Toone with ten kills, six block assists and a .556 (10-0-18) hitting percentage. Cinthia Silva added eight kills followed by Kathyrn Haynie with seven. Utah hit just .131 (34-20-107) for the match.
Utah took the early 3-1 lead to begin set one. After the Cowgirls evened it up, the Utes responded with four straight to regain a 7-3 advantage. Wyoming stormed back with a 7-3 run to tie it up at ten all. Over the next several points, the two teams went back and forth until the Cowgirls scored five unanswered to go up 17-14. They would increase that lead to five, 22-17. Utah battled back and held off two set points, but Wyoming held on to win the set 25-22.
Wyoming started off strong in the second set as they took an 8-3 lead. They would increase that margin to seven, 11-4. The Utes responded with a 12-4 run to pull ahead 16-15. They continued to maintain a slight lead until a run from the Cowgirls gave them the lead back 21-19. UW held firm and scored fve of the last six points to win the set 25-20.
In the third set, the Cowgirls opened up up a 7-1 lead, which they would increase to seven points, 12-5. The Utes would battle their way back into it with a 5-1 run to pull within three, 13-10. Wyoming increased the lead back to four, but Utah scored three straight to make it 16-15. The Cowgirls kept their composure and rallied off six of the next seven to make it 22-16, and then closed it out by holding Utah to just three more points. They would win the set 25-18 and the match 3-0.
Wyoming will continue conference play on the road next weekend against the 15th ranked Colorado State Rams. The match is set to being at 7 p.m. at Moby Arena in Ft. Collins.