Cowgirls Fall in Five to Aztecs

Oct. 16, 2008

SAN DIEGO, Calif. -

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The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball team (3-13 overall, 2-5 in the MWC) opened up their two match road trip with a tough five set loss (25-20, 12-25, 10-25, 25-20, 11-15) against the San Diego State Aztecs (6-11 overall, 3-4 in the MWC) on Thursday night in San Diego.

Two players finished the match in double-figures for the Cowgirls led by sophomore Dani Bedore. She recorded a match high 16 kills, along with four digs and two block assists. Jenna Arneson followed with 15 kills and a .314 (15-4-35), while JennaRae Jester added eight kills. Wyoming hit .163 (51-27-147) from the match.

"I was really proud of the way we compete and we fight every play," said UW head coach Carrie Yerty. "At times we maximize our potential and in order to win we have to maintain that."

The Aztecs had four players in double-figures led by Stephanie Darnall with 18 kills, 13 digs and a .378 (18-4-37) hitting percentage. Lauren Salisbury finished with 13 kills, while Kyley Sexton had 11 and Lauren Van Orden added ten. San Diego State hit .374 (56-13-115) for the match and out blocked the Cowgirls 10-5.

San Diego State opened the match up by taking a small 4-2 lead, which was answered by a 4-1 run by the Cowgirls to give them a two point advantage, 6-4. The Aztecs would even it up at six all and then took a one point lead, 8-7. Over the next several points, the two teams traded scores back and forth until SDSU went on a small run to go up two, 17-15. The Cowgirls would respond by scoring the next six of seven to regain a three-point advantage, 21-18. They would increase the lead to four, 23-19, and score the final two of three points to win the first set, 25-20.

The Aztecs took control early in the second set jumping out to a 7-4 lead. Wyoming would score the next three points to pull within one, 7-6, but SDSU rank off six of the next eight to make the lead five, 13-8, which they would extend to seven, 17-10. Things didn't fair much better for the Cowgirls the rest of the way as they were out scored 9-2 the remainder of the way as SDSU took the second set, 25-12.

In the third set, San Diego State took a 4-0 lead before the Cowgirls scored their first point. After that, they would rattle of the next seven straight to take a double-figure lead, 11-1. Wyoming finally broke the drought, unfortunately the Aztecs responded with a 5-2 run to extend their advantage to 12, 16-4. Despite putting up a good fight, the Cowgirls would fall in the third set, 25-10.

Set four started off very similar to the previous one as San Diego State gained an 8-3 advantage, but the Cowgirls battled back with ten straight points to take a five point lead, 13-8. Not to be outdone, the Aztecs answered right back with four straight of their own to pull within one, 13-12. This time, Wyoming scored the next five of seven points to regain a four point lead, 18-14. They kept their composure and continued to maintain that three to four point advantage, pulling out the set 25-20 to force a fifth and deciding set.

In the fifth set, it was all Aztecs as they took an 8-2 lead. With the score 11-5 in favor of SDSU, the Cowgirls tried to battle back and went on a 4-1 run to pull within three, 12-9. Unfortunately their comeback would fall short as they would lose the set 15-11 and the match, 3-2.

Wyoming will close out the weekend against the UNLV Rebels, on Saturday, Oct. 18, in Las Vegas. The match is set to begin at 2 p.m. MT.