Heartbreaker - Wyoming Can't Close Out Utah, Loses 3-2

Oct. 15, 2009


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The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Team (10-11 overall, 1-6 in the Mountain West Conference) suffered a tough five-set loss (25-21, 20-25, 26-24, 25-27, 13-15) against the Utah Utes (13-6 overall, 6-1 in the MWC), on Thursday night, in Laramie.

"We really battled tonight as a team," said UW head coach Carrie Yerty. "We had 75 digs, 15 blocks and we showed a tremendous amount of heart. We changed our entire offense because of the injury to our setter, and Dani Bedore stepped in, set an incredible match and she was really impressive tonight. JennaRae and Lauren also showed great poise and composure. It just didn't go our way tonight. We had a chance to win in set four and couldn't seal the deal and get it done. Outside of the fact we didn't get a win, I'm very proud of this team. We had four or five freshman on the court at one time, which makes me feel good about the future."

Three Cowgirls finished the night in double-digits led by junior outside hitter Lauren Whitney. She tied her career high with 20 kills, while adding six digs and two blocks. JennaRae Jester and Jodi Purdy each added 11 kills each, while Purdy also led the way with a career high 20 digs. Wyoming hit .124 (55-35-161) for the match and tallied 15 total team blocks.

Utah was led by Cinthia Silva with 16 kills and six total blocks. Karolina Bartkowiak finished with 14 kills and 15 digs. The Utes hit .120 (61-38-120) for the match and had 18 total team blocks.

The Cowgirls would take a 4-2 lead to begin the match. Utah scored the next five of seven to go up one, 7-6, but Wyoming came right back with a 9-3 run to take a five point lead 15-10. The Utes would pull to within one, 15-14. It was answered by a 5-1 Cowgirl run to put them back up 20-15. Utah wouldn't go away and closed the gap to two, 21-19. Wyoming would keep their composure and held on for the 25-21 win.

It was all Utah in the second set as they took a 10-1 lead. The Cowgirls battled back with an 8-5 run to make it 15-9. With a score of 20-11 in favor of the Utes, Wyoming scored 9 of 11 to make it a three-point set, 22-19. Unfortunately, their comeback would fall short as Utah won the set, 25-20.

In the third set, the Cowgirls took the early 8-4 lead, but Utah would climb their way back into it with a 7-4 run to pull within one, 12-11. Wyoming would hold onto the lead over the next several points and regain a 20-15 advantage. Unfortunately, the Utes scored six straight to go up one, 21-20. The Cowgirls scored four of the next seven to earn set point, 24-23, and held on to win 26-24.

Utah took a slight advantage to begin the fourth set, which the Cowgirls battled back from a two point deficit to go up 11-9. A small run by the Utes would tie it up at 14 all and the two teams would trade points until Wyoming went up 21-18. Utah answered with three points to make it 21 all, but a 3-1 run would give the Cowgirls match point, 24-22. The Utes wouldn't go away as they scored the final five of six to force a fifth set, 27-25.

The momentum really shifted towards Utah as they went up 7-2 to begin the fifth set. The Cowgirls tried to make a dent in the lead and pulled to within three, 10-7. The Utes scored the next four points to earn match point, 14-7. Wyoming battled back but their comeback fell short as they lost the set 15-13 and the match 3-2.

The Cowgirls will close out the weekend against the BYU Cougars, on Saturday, October 17. The match is set to begin at 7 p.m. in the UniWyo Sports Complex.