Oct. 9, 2010
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Team (17-3 overall, 3-2 in the MWC) rebounded with a three set win (25-20, 25-21, 25-20) against the Air Force Academy Falcons (3-15 overall, 0-5 in the MWC), on Saturday night, in Colorado Springs.
"Road wins are precious and we are still learning as a team to win on the road," said UW head coach Carrie Yerty. "It was a great way to rebound from a tough loss at UNLV. Calli Miller had another great night and Jodi Purdy was steady on both sides of the ball. We did a better job of eliminating unforced errors and stayed composed in a crowded, energized environment. We are looking forward to being at home for the next two matches."
Sophomore Jodi Purdy had a team high 13 kills and eight digs, while hitting .478 (13-2-23). She was followed by Camille Coffman and Lauren Whitney with six kills each. JennaRae Jester recorded five kills, three service aces and recorded five total blocks. The Cowgirls hit .355 (43-10-93) for the match and out blocked the Falcons eight to three.
Air Force was led by Annalyse Schmitt with 14 kills, while Caroline Kurtz added 12 kills and 13 digs. The Falcons hit .154 (38-22-104) for the match.
Wyoming started off the match by scoring six of the first seven points to take a 6-1 lead. Air Force responded with a 5-2 run to pull within two, 8-6. The Cowgirls answered back with five straight points to regain a 13-6 advantage. They would extend that lead to double-figures, 19-9. The Falcons would inch their way back by scoring five of seven to make it 21-14, and even closer at 22-18. Wyoming would hold on to win the first set 25-20.
It was a battle through the first ten points as it was all tied up at five all. The Cowgirls would take an 8-6 lead, but Air Force responded with an 8-2 run to go up by four, 14-10. Wyoming battled back with a 6-0 run to give them a one point advantage, 16-15. After the Falcons tied it up at 16, the Cowgirls extended the lead to four, 20-16. Air Force wouldn't go away quietly as they pulled to within two, 23-21, but Wyoming kept their composure to take the set, 25-21.
In the third set, the Cowgirls took an early 6-3 advantage, which they extended to 9-4. Air Force came back with a 6-2 run to close the gap to one, 11-10. Wyoming scored the next six of eight to pull ahead, 17-12. The Falcons would never pull any closer than three, 20-17, as the Cowgirls won the set 25-20 and the match 3-0.
Wyoming returns home next week for two home matches. They will host the New Mexico Lobos, on Thursday, Oct. 14, and the TCU Horned Frogs, on Saturday, Oct. 16. The Thursday match is slated for 7:00 p.m. while the Saturday match is set for 1:00 p.m.