Cowgirl Volleyball Needs Four Sets to Defeat Cougars

Nov. 3, 2009

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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In their first of three matches this week, the Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Team (11-15 overall) would take four sets (22-25, 25-16, 25-14, 25-22) to earn the victory against the Colorado Christian Cougars (5-24 overall), on Tuesday night, in Laramie.

"Colorado Christian came in here ready to play," said UW head coach Carrie Yerty. "We struggled early on in the match with several aspects of our play, but I commend our team for battling back and pulling out a victory. If we want to compete and be a great team, we have to do that regardless of who is across the net. We need to take things from this match, learn from them and get ready for San Diego State on Thursday night."

Three Cowgirls finished the night in double-figures led by freshman Jodi Purdy. She recorded a double-double with 16 kills and 12 digs, while hitting .355 (16-5-31) for the match. JennaRae Jester tied her season high with 13 kills while recording six blocks, followed by Lauren Whitney with ten kills. Wyoming hit .250 (50-19-124) for the match and out-blocked the Cougars 9-3.

Colorado Christian was led by three players with nine kills each. Brooke Wittmayer recorded nine kills and 12 digs for the night. Cassidy Burke followed with 12 digs. The Cougars hit .096 (42-30-125) for the match.

The two teams traded scores in the early going of the first set until Wyoming went up 11-9. CCU went on a 6-2 run to make it 15-13, which they extended to 19-16. The Cowgirls would pull to within one, 20-19, unfortunately the Cougars scored the five of eight to win the set 25-22.

Wyoming stormed out to begin the second set by taking a 7-1 lead. The Cougars responded with a 9-5 run to make it 12-10. The Cowgirls answered by scoring 9 of 13 to extend the lead back to seven, 21-14. They would hold on to win the set 25-16.

In the third set, CCU took a slight 3-1 lead which was answered with a 5-1 run by Wyoming to give them a two point advantage, 6-4. The Cougars would score the next five of eight to tie it up at nine. The two teams traded scores over the next couple of points until UW went up five, 16-11. They would never relinquish the lead to win the set 25-14.

After the Cowgirls went up 4-1 early in the fourth set, the Cougars went on a 10-2 run to gain a five point advantage, 11-6. Wyoming responded with a 7-2 run of their own to even it up at 13. CCU scored the next four straight to take the upper hand 17-14. Again, the Cowgirls would mount a comeback by scoring six of the next seven tie up the score at 19 all. It would be a battle until the end but Wyoming pulled out the set 25-22 and the match 3-1.

The Cowgirls will be at home for the next two matches as they host the San Diego State Aztecs, on Thursday, Nov. 5, and the Air Force Academy Falcons, on Saturday, Nov. 7. The Thursday match will start at 7 p.m. while the Saturday match is slated to start at 7:30 p.m.