Sept. 25, 2010
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Team (15-2 overall, 1-1 in the MWC) earned their first conference win with a four set victory (25-22, 19-25, 25-18, 26-24) over the BYU Cougars (3-11 overall, 0-2 in the MWC), on Saturday night, in Provo. It's the first time since Oct. 15, 2004 that the Cowgirls have defeated BYU.
The last time Wyoming won in Provo was on Sept. 22, 1984.
"I'm so proud of this team," said head coach Carrie Yerty. "It was a total team effort and we believed that we could win. JennaRae (Jester) and Reese (Roehrkasse) each had great blocking efforts and Jadranka (Tramosljanin) finished with 25 digs. I was also pleased with our bench. Tamara Kitic was unbelievable. She had six kills and hit .667 for the match. She was tremendous. I just can't say enough about the effort and heart given by this team."
Jodi Purdy led the way for the Cowgirls in the winning effort with 14 kills, 11 digs and three blocks. Reese Roehrkasse recorded six kills, seven blocks and hit .294 (6-1-17), while Dani Bedore added nine kills. Jadranka Tramosljanin finished with a team high 25 digs and Lauren Whitney added ten digs. Wyoming hit .167 (51-22-174) and had 14 blocks for the match.
The Cougars were led by Stephanie Snow who had 18 kills and hit .552 (18-2-29) for the match. Four players finished the match in double-figure digs led by Kendalyn Hartsock with 24. BYU hit .185 (57-27-162) and had 11 blocks for the match.
Wyoming took an early 5-2 lead to begin the match, but three straight by the Cougars evened it up at five all. The Cowgirls scored the next seven of ten to regain a 12-8 advantage. They would maintain their lead until BYU tied it up at 15. The two teams traded points until Wyoming went on a 5-1 run to go up by five, 23-18. Despite being outscored down the stretch, the Cowgirls took the first set, 25-22.
It was back and forth in the early going of the second set until BYU took a small 7-5 lead. Wyoming would tie it up at seven, which was answered with a 12-6 run by the Cougars to give them a six-point lead, 18-12. They would play even the rest of the set as the Cowgirls couldn't gain any ground and BYU would win the set, 25-19.
In the third set, the Cowgirls scored the first seven of eight to take a 7-1 advantage. BYU responded with seven of eight points to even it up at eight all. UW would score the next three straight points to regain an 11-8 lead. They maintained a three to four point advantage, but the Cougars would pull to within one, 13-12, which was as close as they would get. The Cowgirls went on an 8-4 run to make it 21-16, and went on to take the set 25-18.
The momentum shifted back to the Cougars as they took an 8-2 lead to begin the fourth set. Wyoming battled back with an 11-6 run to pull within one, 14-13. BYU scored the next five of eight to regain a three-point lead, 19-16. The Cowgirls continued to fight and evened it up at 20 all. The Cougars would make a small run to put them back up by two, 23-21. Three straight points by Wyoming gave them match point, 24-23. BYU would hold that off, but the Cowgirls scored the next two to win the set, 26-24, and the match 3-1.
Wyoming will return home next week for one conference match. They will host the San Diego State Aztecs, on Saturday, Oct. 2. The match is set for 7:00 p.m. in the UniWyo Sports Complex.