Oct. 4, 2008
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -
In their only match of the weekend, the Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball team (3-10 overall, 2-2 in the MWC) earned their first MWC road victory in four sets (25-21, 25-23, 22-25, 25-20) against the Air Force Academy Falcons (4-13 overall, 0-6 in the MWC) on Saturday night in Colorado Springs.
"I think Air Force played a nice match, plus I thought the crowd created a nice environment," said UW head coach Carrie Yerty. "Even though we won the first two sets, we never had a real rhythm in this match. Obviously, Dani Bedore did a great job on the offensive side of the court and really gave us a lift. Lauren (Whitney) did a nice job with her energy and stepping out of her comfort zone playing in the back row. We are going to feel good about this victory and now we will start preparing for two very good teams next week."
Two players finished the night in double-figures for the Cowgirls led by sophomore Dani Bedore. She recorded 19 kills and tied a career high 12 digs, while hitting .390 (19-3-41) for the match. Lauren Whitney added 15 kills and seven digs, while setter Tasha Weishahn had a career high nine kills along with 45 assists and 14 digs. Wyoming hit .253 (60-23-146) for the match.
Air Force was led by Michelle Harrington with 13 kills and six total blocks, while Nichole Stilwell and Jasamine Pettie each recoded 11 kills. The Falcons hit .169 (51-26-148) for the match and out blocked the Cowgirls six to two.
Air Force came out and scored the first two points of the match, and then the Cowgirls responded with four straight to take their first lead of the set, 4-2. The Falcons would come back with a 4-2 run to tie it up at six all, and score the next four of six points to gain a 10-8 advantage. After the Cowgirls evened it up at ten all, the two teams went back and forth for the next several points. Wyoming seemed to gain a little momentum as they took a two point lead, 19-17, which they would increase to three, 22-19. The Falcons scored the next two points to pull within one, 22-21, but Wyoming scored the final three points to win the opening set, 25-21.
In the second set, the Falcons took a small 3-1 lead, which was answered by Wyoming with eight unanswered to take a six point advantage, 9-3. Air Force battled right back by scoring seven of the next nine to pull within one, 11-10. After the Cowgirls scored the next point, the Falcons went on a 5-3 run to tie it up at 15 all. Scoring was back and forth until Air Force gained the upper hand 20-18, which was answered by three straight points from Wyoming to regain a 21-20 lead. They would increase that lead to two, 24-22, to gain set point. The Falcons managed to hold off one set point, but the Cowgirls pulled out the 25-23 win in the set to take a 2-0 lead in the match.
Wyoming jumped out to the slight 3-1 lead to start the third set, but the Falcons scored the next two points to even out the playing field at three all. The Cowgirls responded with a 7-2 scoring run to take a five point advantage, 10-5. Air Force scored the next two points to end the scoring run to pull within three, 10-7. Wyoming extended their lead back to eight, 15-7, as they went on a 5-0 run. The Falcons would not go away quietly as they stormed back with an 8-2 run of their own to pull within two, 17-15, and eventually tied it up at 17 all. The Cowgirls would finally end their scoring drought, unfortunately run by Air Force put them up by three, 24-21, to give them a set point. Wyoming could only manage to hold off one as the Falcons earned the 25-22 win in the set.
It was a scoring battle back and forth to begin the fourth set as neither team gained a significant advantage. With it all even at eight, the Cowgirls scored three straight to gain a slight 11-8 lead, but Air Force scored a couple of points to pull within one, 11-10. They would eventually tie it up and go ahead by one, 14-13. Wyoming responded by scoring the next five of seven to go up two, 18-16, which they would extend to four, 20-16. Air Force managed to pull within three, but the Cowgirls won the set 25-20 and the match 3-1.
Wyoming will be back at home to host a pair of matches next week. They welcome the New Mexico Lobos, on Thursday, Oct. 9, and the TCU Frogs, on Saturday, Oct. 11. Both matches are set to begin at 7 p.m.