Cowgirl Volleyball Falls In Five To Open Up Mountain West Play

Sept. 22, 2011

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Team (9-6 overall, 0-1 MW) opened up the Mountain West season with a tough five set loss (20-25, 23-25, 25-18, 25-23, 12-15) against the Boise State Broncos (9-4 overall, 1-0 MW), on Thursday night, in Laramie.

"Boise State is a strong team and we knew that coming in tonight's match," said head coach Carrie Yerty. "They run a really fast offense. Rachel (Keyes) did a nice job maintaining composure. Our problem didn't really have to with our game plan, but executing the last five points of the match. We started off slow in the first two sets and had to work our way back. Then when we did get back in the match down the stretch we struggled closing it out. This team gave me everything they had tonight. Becky Stewart had a nice match defensively and Reese (Plante) played strong. Tough to lose at home, but we have room to get better."

Four Cowgirls finished the match in double-figures led by sophomore Reese Plante. She recorded a career high 18 kills, while hitting .433 (18-5-30) for the match. Camille Coffman added 15 kills and seven blocks, while Jodi Purdy finished with 14 kills and 11 digs. Redshirt freshman Erin Kirby tied her career high with 11 kills and a career high ten block assists. Wyoming hit .244 (66-25-168) for the match and out blocked the Broncos 13-9.

Boise State was led by Fiona Jones with 14 kills and 16 digs. Three players had nine kills and three others had double-figures in digs. The Broncos hit .155 (58-33-161) for the match.

Wyoming scored the first three points to begin the match. After Boise State got on the board, the Cowgirls would maintain a one to two point advantage. With the score 11-8 in favor of Wyoming, the Broncos went on a 5-1 run to take their first lead, 13-12. The Cowgirl scored the next two of three points to even it up at 14 all, but Boise State responded with two straight points to put them back up 16-14. Wyoming answered with five of the next eight to tie it up at 19. Unfortunately, they would only score one more point as the Broncos won the set 25-20.

It was even through the first six points, 3-3, in the second set. Boise State scored three straight to go up 6-3. Wyoming answered with four of five to even it up at seven. The Broncos quickly regained a 10-8 lead, which Wyoming responded with a 4-1 run to go back ahead, 12-11. BSU not only tied it up but scored six of nine and pulled back ahead 20-19. The two teams would trade points back and forth until Boise State scored the final two points to win the second set, 25-23.

The teams went back and forth to begin the third set until the Cowgirl scored three straight to give them a 7-4 lead. It was fairly even over the next several points. With the score 10-8 in favor of Wyoming, they went on a 6-2 run to extend the lead to six, 16-10. Boise State battled back with six of the next ten points to pull within four, 20-16, which would be as close as they would get. The Cowgirls won the set 25-18.

Wyoming carried the momentum into the fourth set taking a 4-2 lead. Boise State scored six of ten to even it up at eight all. The Cowgirls answered with an 8-4 run to give them a 16-12 advantage. BSU chipped into the Wyoming lead and pulled to within one, 21-20. The Cowgirls maintained their composure and held on to win the set, 25-23, to force a fifth set.

The Cowgirls took the lead to start the fifth set, 6-4, which was answered with three straight points by Boise State to give them a 7-6 advantage. After Wyoming scored the next point, the Broncos scored three of the next four to extend the lead, 10-8. UW battled back and would even it up at 11 all. Unfortunately, they would only score one more point in the set as Boise State won the set, 15-12, and the match 3-2.

Wyoming will close out the week by hosting the Air Force Academy Falcons, on Saturday, Sept. 24. The match is set for 1:00 p.m. in the UniWyo Sports Complex.