SAN DIEGO, Calif. -
The Wyoming volleyball team (19-6, 8-4 MW) had its six-match winning streak snapped on Saturday with a five-set loss (14-25, 25-15, 21-25, 25-19, 8-15) against the San Diego State Aztecs (11-11, 6-5 MW) in San Diego. The 19-6 mark ties the record for the best start through 25 matches for a Cowgirl team.
Junior Bridget Shanahan paced the way for the Cowgirls with 15 kills. She also added four digs and two block assists. Sophomore Laura Beach added 13 kills while Kayla Slofkiss finished with 11 kills, 15 digs and four total blocks.
Sophomore setter Courtney Chacon recorded her tenth double-double of the season with 46 assists and 12 digs. Junior libero Allison Waldvogel led the way with a career high 28 digs while senior Erin Kirby chipped in six total blocks.
"We just could never level out our play today," head coach Chad Callihan said. "The entire match was up and down with neither team really playing a close set. We've won a couple of close ones the last few matches, but you put yourself in that position too many times and it will eventually catch up with you. Give credit to San Diego State for playing hard the entire match."
The Aztecs were led by Alexis Cage with a match high 19 kills while hitting .356 (19-3-45) for the match. Chaiymin Steel added 15 kills and five blocks and Halle Aiken recorded ten kills.
Wyoming outhit the Aztecs .217 (55-19-166) to .209 (59-23-172) plus recorded 12.0 blocks compared to eight from San Diego State.
The Aztecs would score the first point of the match, which was answered by a 5-1 run from Wyoming to make it 5-2 in the early going. San Diego State pulled to within one, 5-4, but two kills by the Cowgirls increased the lead back to three, 7-4. SDSU scored the next five of six to regain the lead, 9-8. A kill by Shanahan ended the UW scoreless stretch. With the score all even at ten, San Diego State scored the next six straight to extend its advantage to six, 16-10. Finally a kill by Beach got the Cowgirls back in the scoring column. Unfortunately, the Aztecs scored the final nine of 12 to take the first, 25-14.
Wyoming responded to begin the second set as it took the 7-4 lead. The Aztecs scored four of the next six to close the gap to one, 9-8. The Cowgirls ran off the next five unanswered to pull ahead by six, 14-8. A kill by Steel got San Diego State back in the scoring column, but Wyoming never allowed the Aztecs to pull any close than six. The Cowgirls took the set, 25-15, to even up the match at one.
The momentum seemed to stay on the side of the Cowgirls in the third set as they went ahead 7-3. After Wyoming extended its advantage to six, 11-5, the Aztecs ran off eight of the next ten points to pull even at 13. A service error by Steel gave UW the 14-13 lead, but San Diego State scored the next three straight to take a 16-14 advantage. Two attack errors by the Aztecs evened up the score at 16 and the two teams traded scores back and forth. With the score tied at 20, San Diego State scored the final five of six to win the set, 25-21.
It was all even at four through the first eight points of the fourth set. Wyoming responded an 8-2 run to take a 12-6 lead, which was extended to nine, 17-8. Out of an Aztec timeout, a kill by Steel started a 5-1 run for San Diego State to close the gap to five, 18-13. Four unanswered by Wyoming increased the lead back to nine, 22-13. SDSU rallied back with three points to pull to within six, 22-16. The Cowgirls kept their composure and won the set 25-19 to force a fifth and deciding set.
The Aztecs scored the first two points of the fifth set. A kill by Shanahan got the Cowgirls in the scoring column, but San Diego State continued to lead 4-2. Wyoming closed the gap to one, 5-4, which was answered by a 3-1 Aztec run to make it 8-5. Unfortunately, the Cowgirls couldn't overcome the deficit as San Diego State took the set, 15-8 and the match 3-2.
Wyoming will play its third straight match on the road next week. The Cowgirls will face the Fresno State Bulldogs, on Saturday, beginning at 2 p.m. MT in Fresno.