Oct. 30, 2008
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball team (4-15 overall, 3-7 in the MWC) earned a tough four set victory (20-25, 25-19, 25-15, 25-13) over the Air Force Academy Falcons (5-19 overall, 0-11 in the MWC) on Thursday night in Laramie.
"I thought the players really wanted to win tonight, and came out a little bit tight." said UW head coach Carrie Yerty. "Once we got in to a rhythm and gained our composure, it was ok. We did a nice job serving, really went after it and built some confidence. Aside from the first set, we played a very good match.
"I think as a team they can feel good about this victory. Monday we will come back in, put our shoes back on and go back to work. This is a really good opportunity for us to gain some confidence going in to these next two matches."
Wyoming had two players who finished in double-figures led by sophomore Dani Bedore. She recorded 16 kills, six digs and a .393 (16-5-28) hitting percentage. Lauren Whitney followed with 12 kills, while Jenna Arneson and JennaRae Jester each recorded nine. Three players also recorded double-digits in kills. Senior Carissa Lee had a team high 19, while Tasha Weishahn and Samantha Eley had 14 and 11 respectively. The Cowgirls hit .259 (60-25-135) for the match, had 61 digs and 5.5 total blocks.
The Falcons were led by Jasamine Pettie, who recorded ten kills and had three total blocks. Katie Batchelder had seven kills and Jocelyn Booker added five. Air Force hit .098 (32-20-123) for the match and out blocked the Cowgirls 10 to 5.5.
Air Force started off the match with a slight 2-0 lead, which was quickly evened up by the Cowgirls. Over the next several points the two teams played evenly until the Falcons took a 10-8 lead. UW answered with three straight to go up one, 11-10. Air Force responded with a 6-3 run to go up 16-13, and extended that to five, 20-15. Wyoming battled back by scoring five of six to pull within one, 21-20. Unfortunately that was as close as they would get as the Falcons scored the final four points to take the first set, 25-20.
In the second set, the Falcons jumped out to a 4-1 advantage. Wyoming answered with a 6-1 scoring run to take their first lead, 7-5. This time, Air Force came back by scoring four of six to even it up at nine all. The Cowgirls replied with another 7-3 run to retake a four point lead, 16-12. Air Force ended the drought by scoring the next two points to make the set 16-14. They would never pull any closer than that as UW out scored the Falcons 9-5 down the stretch to win the set 25-19.
Wyoming took an 8-2 lead to begin the third set. The Falcons scored the next two points to end the drought, but UW stormed back by scoring eight of ten to extend the lead to double-figures, 16-6. Air Force tried to battle by with a 5-3 run to pull within eight, 19-11. Their comeback wouldn't be enough as the Cowgirls won the set, 25-15 to take a 2-1 lead in the match.
The Cowgirls momentum carried over into the fourth set as they took a commanding 10-2 lead. Over the next several points, the two teams played fairly even until a 5-2 run gave Wyoming a double-figure lead, 18-7. The Falcons responded by scoring five of the next seven to make the score 19-12. Wyoming held them to just one point the remainder of the way to win the set 25-13 and the match 3-1.
Wyoming will be back on the road next week for a set of MWC matches. They will take on the TCU Frogs, on Thursday, November 6, in Ft. Worth and the New Mexico Lobos, on Saturday, November 8, in Albuquerque.