Cowgirls Fall In Tough Five-Set Match To Rebels

Oct. 11, 2012

LAS VEGAS -

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The Wyoming Cowgirl volleyball team battled back from a two set to none deficit, on Thursday night against UNLV (13-6 overall, 5-1 Mountain West) in Las Vegas, only to fall in the match-deciding fifth set. Wyoming went down in the first two sets by scores of 25-27 and 21-25, before pulling even with two set wins of 26-24 and 25-21. The Cowgirls lost in the fifth set 8-15 losing their second five-set match of the season. The loss drops UW's record to 13-7 overall and 1-4 in the MW on the season. During the match senior outside hitter Jodi Purdy recorded 13 digs which gave her 1,143 for her career passing Carissa Lee (1,141) making her the Cowgirls all-time career leader in digs.

"This was a well fought match, but we were plagued with service errors," Wyoming head coach Carrie Yerty said. "We had moments where we were firing on all cylinders and look confident. We just have to move forward after this loss and go after Fresno (State) on Saturday."

Purdy led the Cowgirls with her eighth double-double of the season, tying a season-high with 22 kills and recording 13 digs. Junior Calli Miller also hit well for the Cowgirls recording a career-high 20 kills. Senior middle Camille Coffman also had double-figure kills for UW with 11. Junior setter Rachel Keyes recorded her fourth double-double of the season setting a career high with 21 digs and a season-high 36 assists. Libero Becky Stewart led the team with 23 digs. Sophomore middle Erin Kirby recorded a team-and match-high eight blocks. Setter Whitney Smith added 23 assists for the Cowgirls.

Leading UNLV in kills was Daryn Glenn with a match-high 28. Sekola Falemaka was second with 15 kills and 19 digs for a double-double, followed by Stephanie Thelen also with a double-double with 10 kills and 14 digs. Setter Kinsey Caldwell had a match-high 60 assists and recorded 25 digs for a double-double. Libero Allison Davies had a match-high 33 digs for the Rebels.

In the first set, the Cowgirls opened up a 3-1 lead on a Purdy kill and two Rebel attack errors. The teams traded points for the next six to a Cowgirl 6-4 lead. Wyoming scored four of the next five points taking a 10-5 lead on Purdy and Miller kills. A Plante ace, and back-to-back Cowgirl kills led a UW run to open up a 13-8 advantage. The Rebels stormed back scoring eight of the next 10 points to tie the set at 16 apiece. The teams traded the next eight points to tie at 20. A UNLV block and kill advanced the score 22-20 in its favor, before a Purdy kill and UNLV attack error tied the score back at 22. The teams went back and forth to again tie at 25, but back-to-back UNLV kills ended the set 27-25 in favor of the Rebels.

The second set began with UNLV taking a 4-2 advantage, before Wyoming scored five of the next eight points tying the game at seven each. UNLV advanced its lead to 10-8 on two UW errors and a kill. Plante and Miller combined on kills to pull the score even at 10. The teams traded the next six points to tie at 13 each. The Cowgirls scored three-straight points on three-consecutive Purdy and Kirby blocks. UNLV scored three of the next four points to bring the score to 17-16. A Keyes kill gave UW a 18-16 lead before back-to-back Rebel points tied the game at 18. A Coffman kill gave UW a 19-18 lead before four-consecutive kills by the Rebels gave them a 22-19 lead. Miller and Purdy attempted to bring the Cowgirls back with two kills, but UNLV closed the set scoring three of the next five points to win the set 25-21 and take a two sets to none lead.

The third set opened with the Rebels on a 4-1 run on two kills and a UW attack error. A Plante block started a 3-0 run for the Cowgirls to tie the score at four apiece. The teams traded the next five points to tie at nine each. The set played very close for the next 10 points to tie at 14 each before the Cowgirls made a run. A Plante kill and a Rebel attack error started the Cowgirls on a 6-4 run to take a 20-18 lead. UNLV recorded three-straight kills to tie the game at 21 apiece. Purdy and Miller recorded kills to give the Cowgirls a 23-22 lead. UNLV took a 24-23 lead on two-consecutive kills. After a Rebel attack error, Cowgirls Coffman and Miller recorded back-to-back kills to close the set for UW 26-24.

After forcing a fourth set the Cowgirls looked to continue the momentum to force a match-deciding fifth set. The fourth set played very close with the teams trading the first 12 points to tie at six. The set continued back and forth tying all the way to 16 before a Purdy kill sparked the Cowgirls. Purdy's kills helped the Cowgirls on a 5-1 run to take a 21-17 lead. Kills by Kirby, Purdy and Miller and an UNLV attack error closed the set for the Cowgirls 25-21, forcing a match-deciding fifth set.

After taking a 1-0 lead in the fifth set on a Purdy kill the Cowgirls saw the Rebels go on a 6-1 run taking a 6-2 advantage early in the set. The Cowgirls attempted to come back on a Purdy and Kirby combined block and UNLV attack error pulling within two at 6-4. UNLV scored six of the next seven points taking a 12-5 advantage before a Kirby kill ended the run. The Rebels kept increasing their lead, but a Coffman kill kept UW in the set at 13-7. Two UNLV kills closed the set, 15-8, and the match in favor of the Rebels.

Wyoming volleyball will continue its road trip with a match on Saturday, Oct. 13 with a match against Fresno State in Fresno, Calif. The match is set to begin at 8 p.m. MT.