Oct. 5, 2011
GREELEY, Colo. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Team (12-7 overall, 2-2 MW) went out of conference play this week and earned a four set win (16-25, 27-25, 28-26, 25-21) over Northern Colorado Bears (10-6 overall) on Wednesday night in Greeley.
Three Cowgirls finished the match in double-figures led by junior Jodi Purdy. She finished with a match high 15 kills, 18 digs and six blocks. Reese Plante followed with 12 kills, five blocks and a .444 (12-2-27) hitting percentage, while Erin Kirby added 11 kills, six blocks and a .476 (11-1-21) hitting percentage. Setter Whitney Smith recorded a career high 26 assists. Wyoming hit .231 (59-20-169) for the match and out blocked the Bears, 12.5-5.
Northern Colorado was led by Kelley Arnold with 17 kills, ten digs and three block assists. Andrea Spaustat added 16 kills followed by Tambre Haddock with 13. Amanda Arterburn finished with a match high 23 digs. The Bears hit .276 (69-24-163) for the match.
After each team scored a point, UNC ran off eight of nine points to take a 9-2 lead to begin the match. Wyoming scored two straight points to end the run which was answered by a 6-3 scoring run by the Bears to extend their advantage to double-figures, 17-7. The Cowgirls would out score Northern Colorado, 9-7, down the stretch but would fall in the first set, 25-16.
Wyoming started off solid to begin the second set as they opened up a 7-4 lead. That was answered with five straight points by Northern Colorado to give them their first lead, 9-7. The Cowgirls earned the next point to stop the scoring but a 4-1 run by UNC put them back up, 13-9. Wyoming responded with a small run to even it up at 13 all. The teams traded scores until the Bears took a slight 17-14 advantage. Wyoming kept their composure and scored six of eight to go up by one, 20-19, and eventually earned set point, 24-20. The Bears battled back and scored five unanswered to earn set point, 25-24. The Cowgirls re-grouped with the final three points to win the set, 27-25.
The two teams traded points in the early part of the third set as it was all tied up at 6-6 until the Cowgirls scored the next three of four to earn a 9-7 lead. After UNC tied it up at nine, Wyoming ran off six of nine to go ahead by three, 15-12. The Bears answered with five straight to regain a 17-15 advantage. The Cowgirls evened it up at 17 all and then the two teams traded scores. With the score even at 21 all, UNC made a small 3-1 run to earn set point, 24-22. Wyoming fought that off those and two other set points to come away with the dramatic 28-26 win in the third set.
Wyoming carried that momentum over into the fourth set as they took a small 4-2 lead. The Bears scored the next two points which was answered with a 5-2 run by the Cowgirls to put them up 9-6. Northern Colorado came back with a 7-2 run to give them their first lead of the set, 13-11. UW regained their composure and scored six of the next eight to make it 17-15, which they would extend to 21-17. UNC battled back to within two, 23-21, but the Cowgirls held on to win the set, 25-21, and the match, 3-1.
The Cowgirls will return home on Saturday, Oct. 8, as they host the Colorado State Rams. The match will be at 7:00 p.m. in the UniWyo Sports Complex.