Oct. 13, 2012
FRESNO, Calif. -
Despite winning the first two sets, the Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Team (13-8 overall, 1-5 in the MW) fell in five sets (25-23, 25-23, 23-25, 27-29, 9-15) against the Fresno State Bulldogs (12-7 overall, 5-2 in the MW), on Saturday night, in Fresno.
"Another tough loss," said head coach Carrie Yerty. "Execution and confidence are needed in order to win and we are struggling with both. I know that this team is capable of more and I know we will continue to get better. We will look forward to being at home next week."
Senior Jodi Purdy led the way with her second straight double-double. She finished with 18 kills, a season high 20 digs, a career high ten total blocks while hitting .302 (18-2-53). Calli Miller followed with 15 kills and six block assists. Libero Becky Stewart recorded a team high 23 digs. The Cowgirls hit .196 (51-18-168) and recorded a season high 23.5 total team blocks.
The Bulldogs were led by Korrin Wild with a match high 31 kills and 11 digs. Libero Christina Lee finished with 34 digs. Fresno State hit .168 (77-41-214)
Fresno jumped out early to a small 3-1 lead. The Cowgirls answered with four straight to go up by two, 5-3. The Bulldogs tied it up on the next point and the two teams traded scores over the next six points. With it tied up at eight all, Wyoming scored two points to gain a 10-8 advantage. FSU scored four of six to even it up at 12 all. The Cowgirls scored five straight to gain a five point lead, 17-12. They maintain a four to five point lead until the Bulldogs closed the gap. After Wyoming earned set point, 24-19, they ran off four straight points to pull to within one, 24-23. Finally a kill by Calli Miller sealed the 25-23 first set win for the Cowgirls.
Wyoming carried the momentum over to the second set as they scored six of the first ten points to go ahead by two, 6-4. The Bulldogs pulled to within one, 9-8, with a small 4-3 run. The Cowgirls extended the lead back to five, 19-14, with a 9-6 run. Fresno State scored three straight points with two kills and a service ace to make it 19-17. After a Wyoming timeout, a kill from Jodi Purdy and it started a 4-3 run to give the Cowgirls set point, 24-20. Fresno State made one final run with three straight points to close to within one, 24-23. Wyoming finished it out with a kill from Reese Plante to win the set, 25-23, to go up 2-0 in the match.
Out of the break, the two teams played even through the first eight points to tie it up at four all. Fresno State went on a 5-2 run to give them a three point lead, 9-6. Wyoming responded by scoring four of the next five points to even it at ten all. It was answered by Fresno State with another 6-1 run to extend their lead back to five, 16-11. Four straight points from the Cowgirls started by an attack error by Marissa Brand, which brought them to within one, 16-15. The two teams traded scores back and UW eventually tied it up at 21. Unfortunately, the Bulldogs took the set 25-23.
It was an epic fourth set as Wyoming took control 10-6. Over the next several points, the Cowgirls continued to maintain a lead. With the score 14-10, Fresno State went on an 8-4 run to even it up at 18 all. It was a battle from that point on as neither team could gain more than a one or two point lead. The Cowgirls seemed to get the edge behind an attack error from the Bulldogs to make the score 27-26. Fresno State responded with three straight points to win the set, 29-27, to force a fifth set.
The Bulldogs stormed out to an early 4-2 lead in the fifth set. An attack error from Fresno State brought the Cowgirls to within one, but three out of the next four points from FSU made it 7-4. Out of a Wyoming timeout, the Bulldogs went on a 5-2 run to give them a 12-7 advantage. It was never close as Fresno State won the set 15-9 and the match, 3-2.
The Cowgirls will return home to host a set of matches next week. They will welcome the Air Force Academy Falcons, on Thursday, Oct. 18, and the Boise State Broncos, on Saturday, Oct. 20. Both matches are set for 7:00 p.m.