Wyoming Volleyball Pulls Out Five Set Match Over Aztecs

Oct. 29, 2011

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Team (17-9 overall, 7-4 MW) won their second match of the week with a five set win (25-23, 25-22, 20-25, 19-25, 15-9) against the San Diego State Aztecs (13-8 overall, 6-4 MW) on Saturday night in Laramie.

"I know that I say it every time, but our fans are amazing," said head coach Carrie Yerty. "In set five, it made a difference. I'm so grateful that Tamara got to finish her career on such a highnote at home. I'm so proud of this team. They battled, never gave up and believed in themselves and each other.

"We look at every match on an equal level because whether you win at home or on the road they count the same. Clearly to beat a team as talented as San Diego State only gives us more confidence. Both teams put one another to the test."

Sophomore Reese Plante led the way for the Cowgirls with 11 kills and six total blocks for her night. Erin Kirby added nine kills and six blocks followed by Jodi Purdy with eight kills and 19 digs. Becky Stewart finished with a team high 25 digs. As a team, Wyoming hit .102 (46-28-176) for the match and had 12 total team blocks.

San Diego State was led by Andrea Hannasch with 14 kills and six blocks. Raegan Shelton recorded 13 kills, while Johnna Fouch recorded 31 digs in the match. The Aztecs hit .106 (61-41-189) for the match.

The Aztecs scored the first point of the match, but Wyoming responded with eight straight points behind the tough serving of Calli Miller. A kill by the Aztecs ended the run and made the score 8-2. The Cowgirls ran off five points to extend the lead back to double-figures, 13-2. SDSU closed the gap with an 8-2 run to pull within five, 15-10. Wyoming scored the next point to reach 16-10, but the Aztecs ran off 8 of 11 points to close it to within one, 19-18. The Cowgirls seemed to regroup and earned set point 24-21. The Aztecs held off two of those points but the Cowgirls pulled out the set 25-23.

It was back and forth to begin the second set as neither team could gain more than a one point advantage. With it all tied up at eight, the Aztecs scored three of four to take an 11-9 lead. The Cowgirls answered with a small run to tie it up at 12, and then scored the next 8 of 11 to give them a five point advantage, 20-15. Despite being outscored down the stretch, Wyoming would win the set 25-22.

Wyoming took a 4-2 lead early in set three. The Aztecs tied it up at six all scoring four of the next six points. The Cowgirls ran off the next four straight to pull ahead 10-6, which was answered by SDSU to even it up at 12. They would eventually take a five point lead, 20-15, with an 8-3 run. Wyoming tried to cut in to that lead and made it a two point set, 22-20. SDSU scored the final three points to win the set 25-20.

In the fourth set, the Cowgirls scored the first five points, which was answered with a 5-2 run by the Aztecs to bring them to within two, 7-5. Wyoming scored five of the next eight to give them a four point advantage, 12-8. SDSU answered with a run of their own to go up 15-13. After the Cowgirls evened it up at 16, San Diego State scored the next three points to give them a 19-16. Wyoming pulled to within one, 19-18, but their comeback fell short as SDSU took the set 25-19.

It was back and forth scoring early in the fifth set until SDSU went up two, 5-3. Wyoming scored the next three points to take the lead 6-5. The Aztecs scored the next point to make it six all, which was answered with a 4-1 run by the Cowgirls to give them a 10-7 advantage. They would out score San Diego State 5-2 the remainder of the way to win the set, 15-9, and the match 3-2.

Wyoming will play their final home of the season on Tuesday, Nov. 1, as they host the Colorado Christian Cougars. The match is set for 7:00 p.m. at the UniWyo Sports Complex.