Oct. 1, 2012
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming Cowgirl volleyball team won its ninth three-match set of the season on Monday, against Colorado State-Pueblo (11-6 overall) in the UniWyo Sports Complex. The victory was the Cowgirls second-straight win advancing their overall record to 13-5 (1-2 Mountain West) on the season.
"I think our kids were ready to play and came out strong tonight," Cowgirl head coach Carrie Yerty said. "We did not take Pueblo for granted and we played very aggressive. We were able to play different lineups tonight and that is great to get everyone some game experience. I was proud of our kids tonight."
Leading the Cowgirls was senior Jodi Purdy, who was the only Cowgirl in double figures with 15 total points on 11 kills, two service aces and four assisted blocks. Erin Kirby had her best blocking match of the season recording 10 total blocks with one solo and nine assisted. Kirby was the Cowgirls second-leading scorer adding 9.5 points with her 10 total blocks and four kills. Junior setter Rachel Keyes added her 18th double-figure assist game of the season with 21 total. As a team, Wyoming combined for 19 total blocks and hit .343 (35-11-70) in the match.
"Erin was a blocking machine tonight," Yerty said.
The Thunderwolves had one player in double-figures scoring with Morgan Wilkening scoring 11 points on 10 kills and two block assists. CSUP's setter Kacy Griffin added 19 assists to its offense.
The first set opened with the Cowgirls losing the first point before reeling off four-consecutive points to take a 4-1 advantage. Wyoming then scored seven of the next 10 points led by Kirby, Reese Plante and Callie Miller kills as well as a Plante and Miller block to take a 11-4 advantage. The Cowgirls continued their dominate play scoring 10 of the next 14 points on a Whitney Smith kill, Camille Coffman and Kirby block as well as a Purdy service ace to take a 21-8 lead. CSUP attempted a comeback with back-to-back kills making the score 21-10. The Cowgirls closed the door on the set with a 5-1 run with Makenzie Bartsch and Coffman kills. Coffman's kill finished the set with a 25-11 Wyoming advantage.
The teams traded the first 14 points of the second set to a 7-7 tie, before the Cowgirls went on a 5-2 run to take a 12-9 advantage. Purdy kills and three-consecutive blocks from Katherine Feldman, Erin Kirby and Purdy opened the door for a 7-1 run for UW to take a 19-9 lead. Colorado State-Pueblo scored two-consecutive points on a kill and a UW attack error to make the score 19-11. A Bridget Shanahan kill set up a 3-0 UW run to make the score 22-11. CSUP scored three of the next five points making the score 24-14, but a Bartsch kill finished the set 25-14 for the Cowgirls.
The deciding set started with CSUP taking a 4-2 lead. A Coffman kills and back-to-back Kaitlyn Johnson service aces gave the Cowgirls a 5-4 advantage. A Wyoming attack error tied the set at five before back-to-back Miller kills gave UW a 7-5 lead. The Cowgirls went on a match-deciding run from that point scoring 11 of the next 14 points to take an 18-8 lead. The teams traded four points to a 20-10 UW lead. A Purdy and Feldman combined block, and a Plante kill started a set-closing 5-2 run. A Purdy kill and Plante and Smith combined block closed the set 25-12 and the three-set sweep for the Cowgirls.
Next up for the Cowgirls is a trip south to Fort Collins, Colo., for a meeting with Colorado State in the first edition of the 2012 Border War on Friday, Oct. 5, with the first serve set for 7:45 p.m. MT.
"Hopefully with back-to-back wins it gives our team a little more confidence going into a huge match against CSU," Yerty said. "It does not take our team a lot to get ready against CSU, but I think these matches will give us some more confidence."