Oct. 25, 2012
RENO, Nev. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl volleyball team won its third-consecutive match on Thursday night, with a three-set sweep (25-15, 26-24, 26-24) of the Nevada Wolf Pack (4-18 overall, 1-8 Mountain West) in Reno, Nev. The Cowgirls won their third-consecutive Mountain West match advancing their record to 4-5 in the league and 16-8 overall. Senior outside hitter Jodi Purdy recorded her 10th double-double of the season with 11 kills and 15 digs, while also adding seven blocks and seven assists. Purdy now has 56 career double-doubles and is one shy of tying the MW all-time double-double record of 57.
"This was a great total team performance," Wyoming head volleyball coach Carrie Yerty said. "We fought really hard and made great defensive plays in pressure situations. Road wins are very precious and any three-set win in the Mountain West is a good day."
Purdy led the Cowgirls with her double-double, but junior Calli Miller tied Purdy with 11 kills while hitting .333 (11-2-27). Junior setter Rachel Keyes recorded her sixth double-double of the season with 13 assists and 10 digs. Junior libero Becky Stewart recorded 20 digs in the match for her 21st match with double-figure digs of the season. Sophomore middle blocker Erin Kirby added five kills and no hitting errors while also recording nine block assists. Fellow sophomore Whitney Smith added 11 assists to the Cowgirl total. As a team, the Cowgirls recorded 14 total blocks.
"This was one of our best blocking matches of the year," Yerty said. "Calli was outstanding offensively tonight. Becky did an excellent job leading the way in serve receive. We had some great individual performances, but this was a total team effort."
The first set opened with the Cowgirls scoring back-to-back points on a Camille Coffman kill and a Purdy and Kirby combined block. Nevada scored four of the set six points to tie the set a four apiece. The Cowgirls went on a 5-1 run led by Miller, Purdy and Reese Plante kills. A Nevada block ended the Cowgirl run making the score 10-6. The teams traded the next 10 points, but the Cowgirls continued to build their lead with the score 15-12. A Coffman kill, followed by a Kaitlyn Johnson service ace and a Miller and Plante combined block sparked a 5-1 Cowgirl run giving UW an 18-13 set lead. A Wyoming attack error ended the run, but the Cowgirls began a set-ending run one play later. A Smith kill began a 7-1 run for Wyoming that was capped by a Purdy kill ending the set 25-15 in favor of UW.
Purdy opened the second set with a kill that sparked a 5-1 Cowgirl start. The Cowgirls continued to build their lead advancing the score to 10-5. A Wyoming service error and a Nevada block sparked a 7-2 run for the Wolf Pack tying the set a 12 apiece. The teams traded the next four points to a 14-14 tie before Wyoming made a run. The Cowgirls went on a 5-2 run led by a Purdy kill, a Plante and Purdy combined block and a Plante service ace to take a 19-15 advantage. Nevada battled back with three-consecutive kills and a block to tie the score at 19. The teams battled from that point tying all the way to 24 apiece. Cowgirls Miller and Purdy closed the set recording back-to-back kills to win the set 26-24 and take a commanding 2-0 set lead.
Nevada attempted to avoid the sweep, opening the third set on a 7-2 run before a Wyoming timeout sparked the Cowgirls. UW scored four-straight points started by a Miller kill and aided by a Stewart ace to pull within one at 7-6. Nevada kept up the tough play scoring seven of the next eight points to take a 14-7 lead. The Cowgirls hung in the set pushing back with a 5-1 run led by Miller, Purdy and Plante kills as well as two Kirby and Smith combined blocks. With the score 15-12, the teams traded points to make the score 19-16 in favor of Nevada. Back-to-back Nevada kills gave it a 21-16 advantage, before a Miller kill and Johnson ace pulled the Cowgirls within in three at 21-18. A Cowgirl attack error gave Nevada a four point advantage, but Plante and Purdy combined on back-to-back kills followed by two Wolf Pack attack errors which brought UW back and tied the set at 22. The teams traded points and for the second-consecutive set tied at 24. The Cowgirls completed their comeback in the third set with a Nevada attack error giving them a 25-24 lead, followed by a Kirby kill that closed the set 26-24 and gave the Cowgirls a three-set sweep in the match.
Wyoming volleyball will continue its road trip with a match against San Diego State on Saturday, beginning at 2 p.m. MT.