Oct. 8, 2011
LARAMIE, wyo. -
After losing the first two sets, the Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Team (13-7 overall, 3-2 MW) rallied back and won the final three sets to defeat the 23rd ranked Colorado State Rams (11-4 overall, 4-1 MW) in five sets (15-25, 20-25, 25-23, 25-22, 18-16) on Saturday night. It's the first time since Nov. 13, 1997 that the Cowgirls have defeated a Colorado State team.
"This match was about our team believing they could play and win," said head coach Carrie Yerty. "They needed to believe in their team, the game plan and that they could beat a good team. The last three weeks we've been progressing and improving. We knew that once we had our full roster back and healthy that we would have a shot at anyone. When it came down the stretch tonight, Calli Miller was so aggressive and everyone was aggressive. It was so awesome.
"This win was great for us as a program. We don't have one star we have six players that do their role really well. Clearly, Jodi is a leader in that. Reese Plante has done a solid job since returning. I've never been more proud of a team that battled until the end."
Four Cowgirls finished the match in double figures led by junior outside hitter Jodi Purdy. She recorded 16 kills and a career high 21 digs. In doing that, she reached 1,000 kills for her career and has 1,010 which is 11th all-time. Calli Miller added 13 kills and eight digs, while Camille Coffman and Reese Plante each added 11 kills. Coffman hit a team high .435 (11-1-23). Wyoming hit .223 (65-21-197) as a team and recorded seven total blocks.
"Emily Rochelle was a difference maker for us. She is calm under pressure, and has the experience to play several positions for us. She and Jodi are good emotional barometers for us. I'm so proud of her."
Colorado State was led by Katelyn Steffan with a match high 28 kills, plus 11 digs. Dana Cranston followed with 16 digs and a match high 25 digs, while Brieon Paige added 11 kills and five total blocks. The Rams hit .295 (77-23-183) for the match.
Wyoming started off the match on a roll taking a 5-1 lead. After a CSU timeout, the Rams scored six of eight to even it up at seven. The Cowgirls earned the next point but Colorado State ran off the next five to take a 12-8 advantage. They would increase that lead to nine, 20-11, with an 8-3 run. The teams played even down the stretch as CSU took the first set, 25-15.
The Rams kept the momentum going in the second set by going up 4-1 early. Wyoming scored three of five to pull within two, 6-4. Colorado State went on an 8-5 run to extend the lead to five, 14-9. The Cowgirls answered with an 8-1 run of their own to regain a two point lead, 17-15. Unfortunately, CSU scored the final 10 of 12 to win the set 25-20 to take a 2-0 lead in the match.
In the third set, the Rams jumped out to a 7-3 lead. Wyoming chipped away at the lead going on a 5-2 run to pull within one, 9-8. CSU scored two straight points to make it 11-8, but the Cowgirls went on another 6-1 run to go ahead 14-12. Colorado State responded with six of seven to give them a three-point advantage, 18-15. Wyoming battled back to tie it up and 23 all and scored the final two points to win the set 25-23.
Colorado State went up 6-3 early in set four. The Cowgirls made a 5-1 run to take their first lead 8-7. The Rams scored the next point to even it up and then the two teams traded points. With it all even at 12 all, Wyoming scored 9 of 11 to give them a seven point advantage, 21-14. CSU chipped away at the lead and pulled to within one, 22-21. Wyoming kept their composure and scored three of the final four points to win the set 25-22 to force a fifth set.
It was all CSU to begin the fifth set as they took a 6-2 lead, which they extended to 9-3. Wyoming tried to battled back into it and pulled to within one twice. With the score 12-11 in favor of the Rams, the Cowgirls made a small run to even it up at 13 all. Wyoming held off three match points before scoring the final three points to win the set, 18-16, and the match 3-2.
The Cowgirls stay at home next week with two matches. They will host the TCU Frogs, on Thursday, Oct. 13, and the New Mexico Lobos, on Saturday, Oct. 15. Both matches are slated for 7:00 p.m. in the UniWyo Sports Complex.