Cowgirl Volleyball Loses Five-Set Match to Cougars

Oct. 17, 2009

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Team (10-12 overall, 1-7 in the MWC) suffered another five set loss (25-23, 21-25, 25-22, 18-25, 11-15) against the BYU Cougars (10-9 overall, 5-3 in the MWC), on Saturday night, in Laramie.

"These were two tremendously tough losses this weekend," said UW head coach Carrie Yerty. "We've got to get better at finishing and going into a fifth set with confidence and close it out. Unfortunately, we haven't been able to do that to this point and we need to work on that. Dani Bedore is doing a great job setting, and JennaRae and Jodi are really a stabilizing force that we depend on. As a team, they are battling, continuing to improve, and our blocking has improved tremendously."

Three Cowgirls finished their night in double-digits led by Jodi Purdy. The outside hitter recorded her tenth double-double of the season with 20 kills and 12 digs, while hitting .375 (20-5-40). She was followed by Lauren Whitney with 14 kills and JennaRae Jester with 12 kills and ten block assists. Senior Jessica Kagarise recorded a career high 25 digs, while Dani Bedore finished with a career high 48 assists and 16 digs. Wyoming hit .135 (60-37-170) for the match and out blocked the Cougars 12-10.

BYU was led by Christie Carpenter with 21 kills and eight digs, while Christian Measom had 13 kills and six blocks, while Nicole Warner added 12 kills. The Cougars hit .186 (59-28-167).

Wyoming took a 4-1 lead to begin the match, but the Cougars scored five of seven to even it up at six all. The Cowgirls responded with a 5-2 run to make it 11-8. BYU would answer with a 7-2 run to take the lead 15-13. Wyoming kept their composure and scored six of seven to regain a three point advantage, 19-16. With the score 24-21 in favor of UW, BYU would hold off two set points but Wyoming held on to win the set 25-23.

In the second set, the Cowgirls went up 4-1 early, which was answered with a 7-2 BYU run to give them an 8-6 lead. Wyoming would tie it up at nine and the two teams traded scores until the Cougars scored three straight points to make it 15-12. The Cowgirls battled back and scored the next five of seven to even it up at 17. Four straight points gave BYU a 21-17 advantage. The Cowgirls pulled to within two, 21-19, but BYU would hold on and take the set 25-21.

Wyoming took a 7-3 lead to begin set three and increased it to 10-4. BYU chipped away at the lead going on an 11-2 run to go up 15-12. The Cowgirls battled back and scored eight of ten to regain a 20-18 advantage. They would increase the lead to gain set point 24-20, and went on to win 25-22.

BYU stormed out to an 8-2 lead in the fourth set. Wyoming scored the next three points to make it 8-5, but the Cougars ran off six of nine to get the lead to six. The Cowgirls went on a 6-2 run to pull within four, 18-14. Unfortunately, their comeback would fall short as BYU won the set 25-18 to force a fifth set.

It was a back and forth battle to start the fifth set as it was all even at seven through 14 points. BYU gained the upper hand as they scored the next four points to gain an 11-7 lead. Wyoming was only able to pull within three as the Cougars went on to take the set 15-11 and the match 3-2.

The Cowgirls will be back out on the road next week for two matches. They will