Oct. 8, 2009
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Team (10-9 overall, 1-4 in the Mountain West Conference) earned a three-set sweep (25-15, 25-20,25-14) to win their first conference match of the year against the Air Force Academy Falcons (8-10 overall, 0-6 in the MWC), on Thursday night in Colorado Springs.
"This was a great win for us," said UW head coach Carrie Yerty. "In this type of environment and being on TV I think we did a great job of staying composed. I thought the veterans did a great job at and led this team from start to finish. We are looking for this win to help us build momentum going into the San Diego State match. Overall, it was a total team effort and it was nice to get this victory."
Junior Lauren Whitney led the way with 13 kills and a .346 (13-4-26) hitting percentage. She was followed by Dani Bedore with ten and Jodi Purdy with seven. Jessica Kagarise and Jodi Purdy each had 13 digs each. As a team, Wyoming hit .182 (37-19-99) for the match and had four total team blocks.
Air Force was led by Nichole Stillwell with eight kills and four blocks, while Caroline Kurtz had seven kills and three block assists. The Falcons hit .011 (22-21-95) for the match.
Wyoming started off the match strong as they jumped out to an early 6-2 lead. The Falcons scored the next two points to pull within two, 6-4, which was answered by a 4-2 scoring run by the Cowgirls to give them a 10-6 advantage. Three straight points by Air Force brought them to within one, 10-9, but Wyoming kept their composure and scored the next five of seven to make it 15-11 through the media timeout. They would out score the Falcons 10-4 the remainder of the way to win the first set 25-15.
The Falcons responded in the second set as they opened up with a 6-0 lead. Wyoming scored three straight to make it 6-3, but Air Force scored the next three points to extend the lead the 9-3. The Cowgirls chipped away at the lead with six unanswered to even things up at nine all. After Air Force regained a 12-10 advantage, Wyoming scored six of seven to take a three-point lead, 16-13. The Falcons continued to battle back as three went on a 3-1 run which brought the score to 17-16. That's as close as it would get as the Cowgirls scored 8 of the next 12 to take the set 25-20 and a 2-0 lead in the match.
It was all Wyoming to begin the third set as they took the 9-2 lead. Air Force would score a couple of points to make it 9-4, but the Cowgirls went on an 11-6 run to extend the lead to double-figures 20-9. The Falcons would chip away at the lead as they scored the next four points to make it a seven point set 20-13. The Cowgirls maintained their composure and closed out the set 25-14 to win 3-0 in the match.
The Cowgirls will close out the weekend against the San Diego State Aztecs, on Saturday, Oct. 10. The match it set to begin at 2 p.m. MT.