The Wyoming volleyball team (11-4, 0-2 MW) rallied back from two sets down but couldn't complete the comeback as it would fall in five sets (19-25, 21-25, 25-17, 25-15, 9-15) against the Utah State Aggies (5-7, 1-1 MW) on Saturday night in Logan.
Junior Bridget Shanahan recorded a career high 20 kills, while adding four block assists and hitting .333 (20-6-42) for the match. Kayla Slofkiss added 12 kills and season high 14 digs. Libero Allison Waldvogel ended her night with a career high 17 digs. The Cowgirls hit .175 (57-30-154) for the match and recorded 14 total team blocks.
Utah State had three players finish the night in double-digit kills. Kaitlyn VanHoff and Kaylie Kamalu each had 12 kills while Elle Brainard added 11. Ashlan Rogers-Court recorded a match high 18 digs. The Aggies hit .140 (49-29-143) for the match and out blocked UW, 17.5-14.0.
Wyoming started off the match by taking an early 4-2 advantage. The Aggies responded with four of the next six to pull even at six all. A kill by Shanahan sparked a 10-4 run from the Cowgirls to give them a six-point advantage, 16-10. Utah State battled back and went on an 8-2 run to tie it up at 18. Unfortunately, the Aggies scored the final seven of eight to close out the set, 25-19.
In the second set, the scoring went back and forth until a 7-3 run by the Cowgirls put them ahead by four, 10-6. The Aggies responded with seven of the next ten to take their first lead of the set, 14-13. Wyoming kept their composure and tied it up on the next side out. After the two teams traded several scores, UW scored four unanswered to regain a 20-17 advantage. Unfortunately, Utah State ran off the final eight of nine points to win the set, 25-21, to take a 2-0 lead in the match.
The Cowgirls stormed out in the third set by opening up a 10-2 lead. A kill from Kaitlyn Van Hoff stopped the UW scoring run, but Wyoming extended the lead to double-figures, 16-6. The Aggies chipped away at the deficit and closed the gap to six, 22-16. Wyoming scored the final three of four points to win the set 25-17.
In the fourth set, Utah State bounced back by pulling ahead by three, 8-5. Started by a kill from Slofkiss, the Cowgirls scored five of seven to tie up the score at ten. Wyoming would score on the next side out to take the lead and built a 15-12 advantage. UW held the Aggies to three-points the remainder of the set as the Cowgirls clinched the set 25-15 to force a fifth and deciding set.
It was a tough go for both teams to begin the fifth set as the teams combined for six attack errors. Utah State took the early 4-2 lead which was answered with a 4-2 run by the Cowgirls to tie it up at six. The Aggies ran off three straight points to help them regain a 9-6 lead. UW battled back and pulled even at nine. Unfortunately, the Aggies answered with six straight points to win the set, 15-9, and the match 3-2.
Wyoming returns to the UniWyo Sports Complex next week to begin a four-match home stretch. The Cowgirls will host the San Diego State Aztecs, on Thursday, followed by the UNLV Rebels, on Saturday. The first match is set for 7:00 p.m. MT while Saturday's match is slated for 2:00 p.m.