Cowgirl Volleyball Earns Four-Set Win Over Spartans

Oct. 24, 2013


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The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Team (14-9 overall, 4-5 MW) got back on the winning track with a four-set win (25-19, 25-22, 23-25, 25-13) over the San Jose State Spartans (5-15 overall, 2-7 MW) on Thursday night in Laramie.

Sophomore Bridget Shanahan led the way with 13 kills and a .357 (13-3-28) hitting percentage. Reese Plante added 11 kills while Erin Kirby and Laura Beach each recorded ten kills. Kirby also recorded six total blocks which helped her reach the 500 mark for her career. She now has 504. Beach hit a team high .562 (10-1-16) and libero Nicole Walker finished with a career high 13 digs. Wyoming hit .307 (53-14-127) for the match and out blocked the Spartans12-6.

San Jose State was led by Hanah Blume with 16 kills and a team high 12 digs. Tyanna Roy added 13 kills while Mary Alice O'Reilly recorded ten kills. The Spartans hit .215 (57-25-149) on the night.

"I thought we really settled in and played some good volleyball," said head coach Chad Callihan. "We played pretty free and didn't commit a lot of unforced errors in the first and fourth sets, which plagued us in the third set. Volleyball is such a momentum game with every error counts as a point, so a couple of those gave San Jose State some momentum at times during the match."

The Cowgirls took the early 4-1 lead to begin the first set, which was answered with two kills by the Spartans to make it a one point contest, 4-3. Wyoming ran off five of the next seven points to regain a four point lead, 9-5. San Jose State came back with a 5-2 run as well to make it 11-10. Wyoming responded with eight of the next ten to put them up six, 18-12. A kill from Blume ended the Spartans scoring drought, but the Cowgirls increased the lead back to seven, 21-14. The Spartans closed to within five, 22-17. The teams combined for five points as Wyoming took set one, 25-19.

In the second set, the momentum stayed on the side of the Cowgirls as they jumped out to the 4-1 lead. The Spartans battled back to even up the score at four, which was answered with a 6-2 run by UW to give them a 10-6 advantage. After two points by SJSU stopped their scoring drought, the Cowgirls ran off six of the next nine to give UW a five point lead, 16-11. The Spartans wouldn't go away as they chipped away at the lead going on an 8-4 run to pull within one, 20-19. Wyoming responded with three of the next four points to give them a 23-20 lead and would hold on to win the set, 25-22.

The Spartans scored two of the first three points in set three to take their first lead of the match. Wyoming responded with three straight points to go up 4-2. SJSU went on a 5-1 run to help them regain a 7-5 advantage. The Cowgirls tied it up at eight all, but an attack error followed by a kill from O'Reilly started a 5-2 run for the Spartans to give them a 13-10 lead. Wyoming chipped away and scored six of the next nine to pull even at 16. A block assist by Rachel Keyes and Kirby on the next play gave UW them the lead back 17-16. SJSU rattled off the five of the next six points to go back up by three, 21-18. After a Cowgirl timeout, a kill by Plante started a 4-1 run by Wyoming to tie the score at 22 all. Unfortunately, SJSU would pull away to win set three, 25-23.

The two teams were even at three all to begin the fourth set until a 6-2 run by the Cowgirls put them up 9-5. The Spartans closed the gap to two, 9-7, which was answered with six of seven points making the score 15-8. After a SJSU timeout, the Spartans scored two straight points to make it 15-10. That would be as close as it would get in the set. Wyoming closed out the set on a 10-3 run to take it 25-13 and the match 3-1.

Wyoming will wrap up the week against the Fresno State Bulldogs, on Saturday, Oct. 26. The match is set for 2:00 p.m. It's the Dig for the Cure match and fans are encouraged to wear pink. Replica jerseys will be auctioned off with proceeds going to the Susan G. Komen Wyoming affiliate, a foundation established for breast cancer awareness.