Sept. 23, 2010
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah -
The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Team (14-2 overall, 0-1 in the MWC) opened up the 2010 MWC season with a four set loss (28-26, 15-25, 20-25, 19-25) against the Utah Utes (6-7 overall, 1-0 in the MWC), on Thursday night, in Salt Lake City.
"Tonight, we got our first taste of conference play," said head coach Carrie Yerty. "We played so strong out of the gate to take the first set. We didn't get out as well in the second set, got tentative and missed a couple serves. They played hard, had some good rallies and the team did everything I asked of them. Sometimes it just doesn't go the way you want. Overall, I was pleased with the effort. We are now looking forward to the opportunity to play against BYU on Saturday night."
Wyoming had three players in double-figures on the night led by sophomore Jodi Purdy. She recorded a double-double with 13 kills and 13 digs. She was followed by Dani Bedore with ten kills and a .320 (10-2-25) hitting percentage, while Lauren Whitney added ten kills and 15 digs. The Cowgirls hit .218 (50-18-147) for the night and had 6.5 total blocks.
Four Utah played finished the night in double-digits. Morgan Odale recorded 15 kills along with seven digs. She was followed by Sarah Collette and Erin Redd with 12 kills each, while Karolina Bartkowiak added 11 kills and 12 digs. Stephanie Neeley had a team high 20 digs while adding 49 assists. The Utes hit .298 (59-14-151) for the match.
After Utah took the early 4-2 lead to begin the match, the Cowgirls answered with a 6-1 run to gain their first lead 8-5. The Utes responded with five of the next seven points to tie it up at ten all. Wyoming would quickly retake the lead 14-12, but Utah again battled back to pull ahead by two, 20-18. The Cowgirls scored the next two points to even it back up at 20, and would eventually go up 23-21. Not to be outdone, Utah would pull even at 23. It took a few extra points but Wyoming held on to take the first set, 28-26.
With the score 2-2 to begin the second set, the Utes scored the next seven straight to make it 9-2. They would increase that lead to double figures, 16-5, with a 7-3 run. The Cowgirls really couldn't get anything going until the end of the set as they finally reached double-figures. Their comeback was not enough as Utah tied up the match with a 25-15 second set win.
Utah took the early lead to begin the third set, 7-4. They would extend their advantage to seven, 13-6, with a 6-2 run. After a Wyoming timeout, they would score four of five to pull within three, 13-10. The Utes would score the next two points to end the run, but the Cowgirls went on a 5-2 run to make it a two point set, 17-15. Utah would hold Wyoming to just five points the rest of the way as they won the set, 25-20, to take a 2-1 lead in the match.
The Cowgirls would score the first two points of the fourth set, 2-0, but Utah would even it up at four all. They would extend their advantage to three, 9-6, with a 5-2 run. The two teams would trade points back and forth until three straight points by the Utes put them ahead, 14-9. They would maintain that lead and increased it to as many as seven. With the score 22-15 in favor of Utah, the Cowgirls tried to climb their way back in with three straight points to make it 22-18. Unfortunately, their comeback wasn't enough as they lost 25-19 in the set and 3-1 in the match.
Wyoming will close out the weekend on Saturday, Sept. 25, against the BYU Cougars. The match is set for 7:30 p.m. in Provo.