LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming volleyball team (14-5, 3-3 MW) rebounded with a three-set win (25-9, 25-15, 25-8) over the Fresno State Bulldogs (6-13, 1-4 MW) on Thursday night in Laramie.
Sophomore Kayla Slofkiss and junior Bridget Shanahan each finished the match with nine kills, while Shanahan hit a match-high .600 (9-0-15). Laura Beach and Erin Kirby recorded six block assists and setter Courtney Chacon had 20 assists and ten digs. The Cowgirls hit a conference season high .441 (34-4-68) for the match and out blocked Fresno State 13-1.
The Bulldogs were led by Maci Murdock with six kills while Carly Scarbrough and Jaimee-Lee Morrow each had five kills. FSU struggled hitting -.124 (20-32-97) for the match.
"Tonight was a great performance," head coach Chad Callihan said. "This could have been a tough match after Tuesday night's match against CSU because of our performance. We could have come in to tonight with a bit of a hangover and not been in it mentally. It was the exact opposite that was probably beyond the score as crisp as we've been in terms of our systems and what we've been trying to accomplish."
Wyoming dominated from the beginning of the match behind some solid hitting and serving in the first set. Chacon would serve the first 14-points to give the Cowgirls a 14-0 lead. A kill by Zana Bowens got the Bulldogs in the scoring column. It was never really a contest as UW held Fresno State to just eight points the remainder of the set to take it 25-9. Wyoming hit an impressive .647 (11-0-17) for the set, while three players finished with three kills.
The two teams traded scores early in the second set until three straight points by the Cowgirls gave them a 6-3 advantage. A service error by UW ended the scoring run, but Wyoming went on a 13-3 run to extend the lead to double-figures, 19-7. Fresno State tried to chip away at the deficit and outscored the Cowgirls 8-6 the remainder of the set. Wyoming still held on to win 25-15 to take a 2-0 lead in the match.
In the third set, Fresno State kept it close in the early going until five straight points from the Cowgirls put them ahead 9-3. A kill by Morrow gave the Bulldogs their fourth point of the set. The Wyoming lead was never in jeopardy as it closed out the set on a 16-4 run to win the set, 25-8, and the match 3-0.
The Cowgirls will return to action next week with a two-match road swing. Wyoming will travel to face the Air Force Falcons on Thursday followed by a match-up against the New Mexico Lobos on Saturday. The first match is set for 6:00 p.m. MT in Colorado Springs followed by a 2:00 p.m. MT start in Albuquerque.