Sept. 24, 2009
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Team (8-7 overall, 0-2 in the MWC) opened up their home conference season with a three set loss (21-25, 15-25, 15-25) against the TCU Horned Frogs (13-3 overall, 2-0 in the MWC), on Thursday night in Laramie.
"I thought we had some momentum and played well in the beginning of the match," said UW head coach Carrie Yerty. "Unfortunately, we are consistently questioning our ability. We did that tonight and the UNLV match. As a coaching staff, we need to put them in a position to be confident when we are under pressure."
Junior outside hitter Dani Bedore led the way with a team high ten kills, while adding seven digs and hitting .226 (10-3-31). She was followed by Jodi Purdy with nine kills and JennaRae Jester with seven. Purdy led the way in digs with 13. Wyoming hit .167 (38-20-108) for the match.
TCU was led by Irene Hester who recorded nine kills and ten digs. She was followed by Hannah Fort and Lauren Otto with seven kills each. The Frogs hit .337 (41-9-95) and out blocked the Cowgirls 5.5 to 3.0.
After the Cowgirls scored the first two points of the first set, TCU would score the next three straight to take a 3-2 advantage. It was back and forth scoring until a 5-1 run by the Frogs put them up three 9-6. They would continue to maintain a three to four point lead. The Cowgirls battled back by scoring 9 of 14 to even it up at 19 all, and eventually took the lead 20-19. Unfortunately, TCU answered with the final six of seven to win the set 25-21.
TCU scored the first 8 of 11 to take an 8-3 lead to begin the second set. The Cowgirls chipped away at the lead with a 5-3 run to pull within three, 11-8. Unfortunately that would be as close as Wyoming would get as the Frogs ran away with the set 25-15.
The Cowgirls took a slight 4-3 lead in the third set, but TCU responded with a 6-1 run to go ahead 9-5. Over the next several points, the Frogs maintained a three to four point lead. With the score 12-9 in favor of TCU, they would score eight of nine to increase the lead to double figures 20-10. It was a deficit the Cowgirls could not overcome as they fell in the set 25-15 and the match 3-0.
Wyoming closes out the weekend on Saturday, Sept. 26 against the New Mexico Lobos. The match is set to begin at 7 p.m.