Wyoming Volleyball Defeats Regis In Four Sets

Oct. 30, 2012


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The Wyoming Cowgirl volleyball team defeated the Regis University Rangers (19-7 overall) in four sets (25-16, 24-26, 28-26, 25-20) on Tuesday, in the UniWyo Sports Complex in Laramie. The Cowgirls advanced their season record to 7-9 overall and remain 4-6 in the Mountain West. Senior outside hitter Jodi Purdy recorded her 57th career double-double tying BYU's Chelsea Goodman for the MW all-time double-double record. Purdy recorded her double-double by tying a season-high 22 kills while adding 11 digs. Purdy's double-double is her 11th of the season.

"Regis gave us a very good battle tonight," Wyoming head coach Carrie Yerty said. "Our offense really stepped up tonight and won us this match. I am so proud of Jodi to tie the MW record for double-doubles. She has had a tremendous career here at Wyoming."

Junior Calli Miller also added a double-double, her second of the season, for the Cowgirls with 11 kills and 13 digs. Millers 13 digs tied her season high. Sophomore Erin Kirby continued her excellent blocking season recording 11 block assists as well as seven kills. Redshirt freshman Katherine Feldman set two career highs in the match with nine kills and seven block assists. Junior setter Rachel Keyes recorded a season-high 38 assists and two service aces, along with nine digs. Junior libero Becky Stewart recorded 15 digs for the Cowgirls. The Cowgirls added 14 total team blocks against the Rangers.

"Katherine played as well as she has all season tonight," Yerty said. "It is great to see her step in and play so well. Erin also had another excellent blocking night. Overall we blocked well as a team.

Leading the Rangers was Katie Kline with 19 kills and six digs. Caitie Breaux (11), Lauren Flanagan (11) and Caitlin McDonnell (12) also recorded double-figure kills for Regis. Setter Jaclyn Williamson recorded 51 assists and 11 digs for a double-double.

The first set opened with the teams trading the first six points, before the Cowgirls went on a 5-0 run led by a Keyes kill and Feldman and Kirby combined blocks. With an 8-3 UW lead, Regis scored four of the next five points to pull within two at 9-7. Miller, Reese Plante, Whitney Smith and Purdy kills led the Cowgirls on a 7-3 run taking a 16-10 advantage. A Regis kill ended the Wyoming run and made the score 16-11. The Cowgirls scored four-consecutive points led by a Keyes service ace, a Purdy kill and a Purdy and Kirby combined block. The teams traded the next 10 points, but the UW advantage could not be overcome and Wyoming closed the set 25-16.

The Cowgirls and the Rangers traded the first four points of the second set. A Purdy kill, followed by Feldman and Kirby combined blocks gave UW a 4-2 advantage. Regis recorded a kill and battled the Cowgirls to a 5-5 tie. The teams went back and forth for next 10 points to tie again at 10. Wyoming scored four of the next six points led by Purdy and Kirby kills giving UW a 14-12 lead. Regis answered with a 5-0 run to take a 17-14 lead. The Cowgirls scored four of the next five points led by three-consecutive blocks from Kirby, Miller and Feldman. With the teams tied at 18, the Rangers took the lead scoring five of the next six points led by four-consecutive kills. With a 23-19 Regis advantage, three-consecutive Ranger attack errors helped the Cowgirls to four-straight points and a 23-23 tie. The teams each scored one point to tie at 24, before Regis scored two points to win the second set 26-24. Entering the break the Cowgirls and the Rangers were tied at one set apiece.

In the third set, the Cowgirls opened a 6-3 advantage led by two Miller kills and a Miller block. Regis scored six of the next 10 points to pull within one at 10-9. Feldman and Smith kills helped the Cowgirls advance their lead, but the Rangers stayed in the set. With a 14-12 UW advantage, Kirby recorded a kill followed by a Feldman kill gave the Cowgirls a 17-14 lead. The Rangers scored five of the next seven points to tie the set at 19 apiece. Wyoming scored five of the next seven points led by a Purdy kill and back-to-back Miller kills to take a 24-21 lead. The Rangers battled back to tie the set at 24. The teams traded four points to tie back at 26, before a Purdy kill and a Regis attack error closed the set for the Cowgirls 28-26. The set win gave UW a 2-1 match advantage.

The fourth set opened the same as the third set with the Cowgirls taking a 6-3 lead. Two Plante and Purdy kills led the Cowgirl run. Regis made a run scoring five of the next seven points to tie the score at eight apiece. The teams traded the next four points to tie at 10. Back-to-back Smith and Purdy kills sparked a 3-0 UW run, but Regis followed that with four-consecutive points of its own to take a 14-13 lead. Purdy led the Cowgirls on their next run, recording three kills giving UW a 17-14 lead. UW and RU traded the next four points giving UW a 19-16 advantage. The Cowgirls scored three-consecutive points on a Feldman kill and back-to-back Miller and Plante blocks. With a 23-19 UW lead, a Regis kill ended the run. The Cowgirls closed the set and the match with back-to-back Miller and Plante kills with a 25-20 advantage.

The Cowgirls will stay at home hosting the Border War against Colorado State on Friday, Nov. 2. The match is set to begin at 7 p.m.