Cowgirls Suffer Five Set Loss to Aztecs

Oct. 10, 2009

SAN DIEGO, Calif. -

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The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Team (10-10 overall, 1-5 in the Mountain West Conference) closed out the weekend with a tough five set loss (19-25, 16-25, 25-18, 25-21, 14-16) against the San Diego State Aztecs (7-10 overall, 2-5 in the MWC), on Saturday afternoon, in San Diego.

"Overall, I was proud of the way we battled back," said UW head coach Carrie Yerty. "To fall behind two sets, and then come back and be in the match is something they can be proud of. Junior Dani Bedore had a great match and our freshmen did a good job after falling behind."

Two Cowgirls finished the match in doubles including freshman Jodi Purdy. She recorded 21 kills and 11 digs, while hitting .286 (21-7-49) for the match. Lauren Whitney added 11 kills, while three other players had six kills. Senior Jessica Kagarise finished with a team high 17 digs. As a team, Wyoming hit .239 (51-17-142) and had eight total team blocks.

San Diego State was led by Lauren Salisbury with 19 kills and four blocks, while Andrea Hannasch finished with ten kills and four blocks. They hit .260 (64-25-150) and had nine total team blocks.

In the first set, the Aztecs took an early 5-1 advantage, but Wyoming scored the next five of seven to pull within one, 7-6. San Diego State answered right back with eight straight points to regain a 15-6 lead. The Cowgirls chipped away at the deficit as they went on a 9-1 run to make the score 17-15. Unfortunately, the Aztecs would out score Wyoming 8-4 down the stretch to win the set 25-19.

The scoring went back and forth to begin the second set as neither team could gain a lead larger than a one point lead. With it all tied up at 12 all, the Aztecs scored the next six straight to take the 18-12 lead. The Cowgirls couldn't mount a comeback as San Diego State closed out the set on a 7-4 run to win the set 25-16.

The Cowgirls took an early 6-4 lead to begin the third set, but SDSU scored the next five of six to gain a 9-7 advantage. Wyoming responded with four straight points to make it 11-9. San Diego State evened it up at 11 and then the two teams traded points back and forth. With it tied up at 15 all, the Cowgirls closed out the set on a 10-3 run to win 25-18.

The scoring went back and forth in the early going of the fourth set until the Cowgirls went on a 6-3 run to take a four point lead, 11-7. The Aztecs responded by scoring eight of the next twelve to even things up at 15 all. They continued to play tough as they went on a 4-1 run to go up by two, 18-16. Wyoming battled back as they scored four of six to tie it up again at 20, and went on to win the set 25-21.

In the fifth set, Wyoming took an early 4-1 lead, but San Diego State went on a 6-2 run to go up 7-6. The Cowgirls would score four of seven to even it up at 10 all. Unfortunately, the Aztecs scored the next three straight to make it 13-10. Wyoming continued to battle and would eventually tie it up at 14 all. SDSU would score the final two points to win the set 16-14 and the match 3-2.

The Cowgirls will return home next week for two matches. They will host the Utah Utes, on Thursday, Oct. 15, and the BYU Cougars, on Saturday, Oct. 17. Both matches are slated to start at 7 p.m.