Wyoming Volleyball Falls In Three Sets To Colorado State

Nov. 2, 2012


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In front of a sellout crowd in the UniWyo Sports Complex, the Wyoming Cowgirl volleyball team fell to the Colorado State Rams (15-7 overall, 7-3 Mountain West) in three sets (25-19, 25-21, 25-19), on Friday. The loss drops the Cowgirls to 17-10 overall and 4-7 in MW play. Wyoming volleyball's highlight of the night was senior outside hitter Jodi Purdy becoming the MW all-time career leader in double-doubles with 58. Purdy passed BYU's Chelsea Goodman (57) with her 12th double-double of the season recording 12 kills and 10 digs.

"Jodi is an amazing leader, person and athlete and is part of the reason this team has made such a turnaround in a short time," Wyoming head coach Carrie Yerty said. "She is greatly is going to be missed around our program.

"We saw two great teams battle and tonight CSU got us, they are a great team all around. I am proud of how our team battled and the competitive never give up attitude we showed tonight. Our fans and crowd was great tonight. It was such a great atmosphere for our team to play in."

Purdy led the Cowgirls in both kills and digs. Senior middle blocker Camille Coffman followed Purdy recording five kills. Sophomore Erin Kirby led UW in blocks with four assisted. Junior setter Rachel Keyes recorded her 27th double-figure assist game of the season with 17.

Leading the Rams and the match in kills was senior Dana Cranston with 17 total, while also recording seven digs and five block assists. Setter Deedra Foss recorded 38 of the Rams 40 assists on the night. Libero Izzy Gaulia recorded a match-high 14 digs for CSU.

The night's first set began with both teams coming out firing trading the first six points. The Cowgirls were led by a kill by Kirby followed by two kills from Coffman. One play later, Reese Plante got her first kill of the evening to give the Cowgirls a 4-3 advantage. The Rams tied the score at four after a UW attack error and the teams traded points to a 9-9 tie. Colorado State scored the next four points to take a 13-9 lead before a Kirby and Calli Miller combined block ended the run making the score 13-10. Colorado State scored four of the next five points to take a 17-11 lead. The Cowgirls battled scoring five of the next six to pull within two at 18-16. CSU scored two-straight points on a kill and a UW attack error. Wyoming answered scoring two points of its own on a Purdy kill and a CSU attack error. With the score 18-20, Colorado State scored five of the next six points to win the first set 25-19.

Wyoming opened the second set on a 4-2 run led by Purdy and Miller kills followed by a Plante and Smith block. Colorado State pulled within one at 5-4 before the Cowgirls scored three-straight points on back-to-back Purdy kills and a Kirby kill to take an 8-4 lead. The Rams answered that scoring six of the next seven points to take a 10-9 lead. The Cowgirls followed that run with four-consecutive points led by three CSU errors and a Purdy kill. With the score 13-11 in favor of UW, CSU made a run, scoring four points in a row to take a 15-13 lead. The Cowgirls battled back to tie the set at 16 on back-to-back Miller and Purdy kills. The teams traded the next four points to tie at 18, before CSU scored three straight to take a 21-18 lead. The teams continued to trade points with CSU taking a 24-21 lead, before the Rams closed the set on a kill. Colorado State took a 2-0 set lead into the break.

Colorado State came out in the third set on a 5-1 run. A Miller kill and a Stewart service ace sparked a 4-0 Cowgirl run to tie the set at five apiece. The teams went back and forth with CSU taking an 10-8 lead. Back-to-back blocks by Kirby, Whitney Smith and Coffman tied the score at 10 apiece. The Cowgirls scored five of the next nine points to take a 15-14 lead led by Coffman, and Kirby kills and a Kaitlyn Johnson service ace. Colorado State scored four-consecutive points on three kills and a UW attack error to take a 18-15 lead. A Ram service error ended the run, but the Rams scored five of the next six points to take a 23-17 advantage. The teams traded points but the Cowgirls could not catch up and CSU closed the set and the match 25-19.

The Cowgirls will continue their four-match homestand on Thursday, Nov. 8 hosting Fresno State at 7 p.m. followed by UNLV on Saturday, Nov. 10 beginning at 6 p.m.