Oct. 13, 2011
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Team (13-8 overall, 3-3 MW) couldn't overcome a two set deficit as they lost in five sets (22-25, 21-25, 25-21, 25-21, 8-15) to the TCU Horned Frogs (17-3 overall, 4-2 MW) on Thursday night in Laramie.
"I think TCU's libero was unbelievable," said head coach Carrie Yerty. "She had a phenomenal match with 33 digs and we had a hard time hitting away from her. Our game plan wasn't to hit left back and we seemed to all night long. We rely heavily on Reese (Plante) and Camille Coffman and they struggled in this match. Our team battled back in critical times but when they got us out of system the ball went down, and when we did it to them we made errors. When you're at home you can't start down two sets and expect to win, you have to execute your game plan and come through on key points. It wasn't our night tonight and TCU played a great match."
Three Cowgirls finished the match in double-figures in kills led by junior Jodi Purdy. She finished with a team high 15 kills and 19 digs, while adding three block assists. Calli Miller added 13 kills and 12 digs, followed by Erin Kirby with ten kills and seven total blocks. Becky Stewart chipped in 18 digs. Wyoming hit .178 (61-25-202) for the match and out blocked the Frogs, 10.5-7.0.
TCU had five of six starters in double-figures led by Kristen Hester with 18 kills, plus seven digs. Jordan Raines recorded 13 kills and 13 digs, while Yvonne Igodan added 11 kills. Two other players finished the match with ten kills each. The Frogs hit .224 (70-27-192) for the match.
TCU came out quickly to begin the match as they went up 8-4. The Cowgirls scored three straight to pull within one, 8-7. The Frogs ran off 7 of 11 to put them back up by four, 15-11. Wyoming was never able to inch any closer than a couple points as TCU won the first set, 25-22.
The Frogs took a 4-2 lead to begin the second set. Wyoming answered with a 5-2 run to take their first lead, 7-6, which they increased to three, 11-8. TCU scored three of four to pull within one, 12-11, which the Cowgirls responded with a small run to put them back up three, 16-13. After a TCU timeout, the Frogs scored five straight to regain an 18-16 lead. Wyoming tied it up at 20 all unfortunately TCU scored the final five of six to win the set, 25-21.
Wyoming scored 7 of the first 11 points to take the 7-4 lead in the third set. TCU answered with a 5-1 run to earn their first lead, 9-8. The Cowgirl scored the next point and then four of the next six to regain a 13-11 advantage. The Frogs responded with a 7-1 run to give them a four point lead, 18-14. Wyoming stormed back with six straight points to go up by two, 20-18. Despite a push from TCU, the Cowgirls held on to win the set, 25-21.
In the fourth set, TCU went up 5-2 early. The Cowgirls chipped away at the lead and pulled to within one, 7-6. The Frogs scored four straight to give them a 10-6 lead. Wyoming battled back with an 8-3 run to go ahead 14-13, which they would extend to 19-16. They would eventually earn set point 24-18, but the Frogs wouldn't quit as they pulled to within three, 24-21. The Cowgirls scored the final point to win the set 25-21 to force a fifth set.
It was even through the first couple of points in the fifth set until TCU went up 4-2. Wyoming pulled to within one, 5-4, but the Frogs ran off five of eight to extend that lead back to 9-5. Out of a timeout, Wyoming scored the next point to end the run. Unfortunately, their comeback would fall short as TCU won the set 15-8 and the match 3-2.
Wyoming will close out the weekend on Saturday, Oct. 15, against the New Mexico Lobos. The match is set for 7:00 p.m. in the UniWyo Sports Complex. Fans are encouraged to wear pink to the match.