Oct. 7, 2010
LAS VEGAS, Nev. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Team (16-3 overall, 2-2 in the MWC) lost a tough five set match (22-25, 25-15, 21-25, 25-17, 10-15) against the UNLV Rebels (6-11 overall, 2-2 in the MWC), on Thursday night, in Las Vegas.
"It's unfortunate that we had a good opportunity to win this match tonight and we didn't take advantage of it," said head coach Carrie Yerty. "I didn't see the team chemistry and leadership like we've showed in previous matches. It will be critical for us to regroup for Air Force and then raise our expectations going into practice next week. We will have to learn from this match and move forward."
Three Cowgirls finished the match in double-figures led by redshirt freshman Calli Miller. She recorded a career high 11 kills and five total blocks, while hitting .357 (11-1-28) for the match. Jodi Purdy added 13 kills and ten digs, while Reese Roehrkasse finished with ten. Jadranka Tramosljanin recorded a career high 31 digs. Wyoming hit .188 (61-27-181) and had 9.5 blocks.
UNLV was led by Sara Nehf with 15 kills and 20 digs. She was followed by Makenzie Moea'i with 12 kills. Kela Lau Hee had a team high 23 digs. The Rebels hit .141 (52-29-163) for the match.
Wyoming started off the match by taking the early 4-2 lead, which was answered with three straight points by the Rebels to give them their first lead, 5-4. The Cowgirls scored the next two points to regain a 6-5 advantage, but a 4-0 run by UNLV put them up three, 9-6. After a Wyoming timeout, they would score the next three of five to make it a two point set, 11-9. Unfortunately, the Rebels would extend the lead to seven, 17-10, with a 6-1 run. The Cowgirls battled back as they ran off seven straight points to even it all up at 18. UNLV responded with six of the next eight points to earn set point, 24-20. Wyoming would hold off two, but the Rebels took the first set, 25-22.
UNLV scored the first two points to begin the second set, which Wyoming responded with three points to go up one, 3-2. After the Rebels scored the next point, the Cowgirls ran off five straight to take the 8-3 lead. UNLV would end the run, but Wyoming came right back with 9 of 12 to extend the lead back to double-figures, 17-7. The Rebels would reach double-figures with a 4-2 run to pull within eight, 19-11. The two teams would play fairly even the remainder of the way as the Cowgirls would win the set, 25-15, and even up the match at one set a piece.
The two teams were even at four all through the first eight points to begin the second set until three straight by the Cowgirls put them up 7-4. UNLV battled back with a 6-3 run to tie it up at ten all, and would eventually take the lead, 14-12. Wyoming responded with a 6-3 run of their own to go up by one, 18-17. Unfortunately, the Rebels scored five of the next six points to give them a four point advantage, 23-19. Each team would score two points as UNLV won the set 25-21.
The teams traded scores in the early going of the fourth set until UNLV took a small 7-5 lead, which they extended to 9-6. The Cowgirls answered with a 5-2 run to even it up at 11, but two quick points by the Rebels made it 13-11. Wyoming continued to hang tough and scored seven of nine points to give themselves the 18-15 lead. They would only allow UNLV to score two more points in the set as they would win 25-17 in order to force a fifth set.
The Cowgirls would score the first four of five points to take 4-1 lead to start the fifth set. UNLV stormed back with four unanswered to go ahead by one, 5-4. Wyoming would score the next point to tie it up at five and then the Rebels scored three of four to make the score 8-6 as the two teams changed sides. They would increase and maintain a two to three point lead for the remainder of the set as UNLV won the set, 15-10 and the match 3-2.
Wyoming will wrap up the weekend on Saturday, Oct. 9, against the Air Force Academy Falcons. That match is set for 7:00 p.m. in Colorado Springs.