Wyoming Volleyball Earns Four Set Win over Rebels

Oct. 27, 2011


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The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Team (16-9 overall, 6-4 MW) rebounded with a four set win (25-22, 25-16, 22-25, 25-12) against the UNLV Rebels (11-12 overall, 3-6 MW) on Thursday night in Laramie.

"That was a very good UNLV team that had a bit of an off night," said head coach Carrie Yerty. "We took advantage of that and capitalized. Our blocking was tremendous and the players executed the game plan which we've been working on. I feel like it was a total team effort. Camille (Coffman) had a tough match until that fourth set when she came in and was a big part of our success. Our outside hitters did a great job and Erin Kirby came up with some big blocks and kills."

Two Cowgirls finished the match in double-figures led by Jodi Purdy and Calli Miller. Purdy finished her night with a team high 17 kills and 15 kills, while hitting .333 (17-4-39) for the match. Miller added 14 kills, eight digs and hit a team high .560 (14-0-25). Erin Kirby recorded seven kills and seven blocks, while Reese Plante added five blocks. Wyoming hit .280 (50-15-125) for the match and out blocked the Rebels 15-4.

UNLV was led by Daryn Glenn with ten kills. She was followed by Makenzie Moea'i with nine kills, while Madeline Westman added eight kills. Allison Davies recorded a match high 17 digs. The Rebels hit .050 941-34-140) for the match.

UNLV jumped out to a small 3-1 to being the match. The Cowgirls responded with seven straight to take their first lead, 8-3. After a UNLV timeout, they scored two points to end the run making the score 8-5. Wyoming answered back with a 6-3 run to pull ahead 14-8. The Rebels tried to chip into the lead and pulled to within four, 18-14. The Cowgirls went back up by six, 21-15, but UNLV battled back to within two, 22-20. Wyoming regained their composure to take the set, 25-22.

The two teams were all tied up three in the early part of the second set. UNLV scored four of five to gain a three point lead, 7-4. UW chipped away at the lead going on a 7-3 run to take a one point advantage, 11-10. UNLV scored the next point to end the run but the Cowgirls quickly went back up 15-12. The Rebels scored three to even it up at 15 all. Wyoming ran off the final 10 of 11 points to win the set, 25-16.

In the third set, it was UNLV who again went up 3-1 early. Wyoming answered with a 5-2 run to gain a one point lead, 6-5. UNLV scored two straight to go up one, 7-6. After the Cowgirls tied it up at eight, the two teams traded scores. With the score even at 17 all, the Rebels scored the next five of six to put them ahead 22-18. Wyoming tried to close the gap scoring the next two points, unfortunately UNLV held on to win the set 25-22.

The momentum shifted to the Cowgirls in set four as they took a 7-1 lead. They would extend their advantage to double figures, 19-8, with a 12-7 run. The two teams played fairly even the remainder of the set as Wyoming won the set 25-12 and the match 3-1.

Wyoming continues play against the San Diego State Aztecs, on Saturday, Oct. 29. The match is set for 7:00 p.m.