Wyoming Volleyball Loses in Straight Sets to UNLV

Oct. 18, 2008

LAS VEGAS, Nev. -

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The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball team (3-14 overall, 2-6 in the MWC) was swept in three sets (23-25, 19-25, 23-25) by the UNLV Rebels (13-8 overall, 6-2 in the MWC) on Saturday afternoon in Las Vegas.

"We are continuing to compete hard as a team," said head coach Carrie Yerty. "I felt that Jenna Arneson had a nice weekend overall. We just need to get back in the gym and work on things to keep improving."

Wyoming was led by Jenna Arneson who finished with a team leading 13 kills, while hitting .391 (13-4-23). She was followed by JennaRae Jester and Lauren Whitney with eight kills each. Libero Carissa Lee led the way with eight digs. The Cowgirls hit .306 (44-10-111) for the match and had five total team blocks.

The Rebels were led by Erin Greenwood who recorded 19 kills, five digs and a .567 (19-2-30) hitting percentage. Cursty Jackson had 14 kills followed by Sara Nehf with 12. UNLV hit .412 (59-12-114) for the match and had 53 digs.

Wyoming opened up the match by taking a small 4-2 lead, which was answered with three straight points by the Rebels to give them a one point lead, 5-4. The Cowgirls responded by scoring five of seven to regain a two point advantage, 9-7. UNLV battled back to pull within one, 12-11, but the Cowgirls went on a 5-1 run to increase the lead back to five, 17-12. Not to be out done, the Rebels went on a 7-2 run of their own to even things up at 19 all. Over the next several points, the two teams went score for score with each other with neither one gaining a significant advantage until UNLV scored the final two points to win the first set 25-23.

It was a battle back and forth to begin the second set until the Cowgirls took a slight 5-3 lead. UNLV scored the next three of four to tie it up at six all. Wyoming responded with a 4-2 run to make it 10-8, but the Rebels came back with an 8-2 run to take a four point lead, 16-12. After the Cowgirls scored the next point, UNLV ran off six of the next nine to make it a six point advantage, 21-15. UW managed to pull within four, 23-19, but that would be as close as they would get. The Rebels would score the next two points to win the second set, 25-19.

In the third set, Wyoming took a 4-1 lead, but the Rebels scored seven of the next ten to go ahead by one, 8-7. The Cowgirls would score the next point to even it all up and then go on a 5-3 run to regain a two point advantage, 13-11. Over the next several points, UW continued to maintain that slight lead until UNLV scored five of six points to regain the lead 17-15. Not willing to go away quietly, the Cowgirls battled their way back into it with a 4-2 run to tie it up at 19 all. Despite playing point for point, the remainder of the way, the Rebels came away with the 25-23 victory in the set and a 3-0 win in the match.

Wyoming will have only one match this week against the Colorado State Rams, on Friday, Oct. 24. The match is set to begin at 7 p.m. in the UniWyo Sports Complex.