Wyoming Volleyball Earns Conference Win Over Falcons

Nov. 4, 2010

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Team (20-6 overall, 5-5 in the MWC) ended a two match losing streak with a three set win (25-18, 25-23, 25-21) over the Air Force Academy Falcons (4-20 overall, 1-10 in MWC), on Thursday night in Laramie.

"I think we had moments that we played well and others that we weren't so sharp," said head coach Carrie Yerty. "We need to work hard and clean up our game or we're going to struggle with UNLV. It was nice to see our bench see some action, but we need to make sure we eliminate our errors, missing serves, which are things we can control.

"I will take 20 wins any way we can get them. I'm proud of this team and I think they've battled over the last couple of year's to get to this point. We're getting better, but need to be more consistent in doing so."

Lauren Whitney led the way for the Cowgirls with her second double-double of the season. She recorded a match high ten kills and a season high 18 digs. Reese Roehrkasse followed with eight kills, four block assists and a .412 (8-1-17) hitting percentage. Two other players recorded seven kills each. Wyoming hit .214 (45-20-117) and out blocked the Falcons 6-2.

For the Falcons, Annalyse Schmitt recorded a team high nine kills, while Nichole Stilwell and Caroline Kurtz each added seven kills each. Kurtz led the team with eight digs. Air Force hit .123 (33-19-114) on the evening.

It was a close battle through the first six points as the two teams were tied up at three all. Air Force would score the next point, which was answered with a 7-1 run to give Wyoming a five point advantage 10-5. Out of a timeout, the Falcons ended their drought and pulled to within four, 12-8. The Cowgirls scored six of eight to make it 18-10. Air Force continued to put up a fight with an 8-4 run to again make it a four point set, 22-18. Wyoming would score the final three points to take the set, 25-18.

The second set started out similar to the first until the Cowgirls took a small 7-5 lead. Air Force scored the next two points which was answered with a 7-2 scoring run to gain a 14-9 advantage. There was no quit in Air Force as they came back with five of seven to pull within two, 16-14, and eventually one, 18-17. Wyoming regained a 20-17 lead, but the Falcons evened it up at 22. The Cowgirls scored the next two points to earn set point, 24-22. Air Force would hold off one, but UW would end up with a 25-23 win to take a 2-0 lead in the match.

It was close in the early part of the third set until a 7-3 run gave UW a 12-7 lead. Air Force scored two points to end the run bringing them to within three, 12-9. That was answered with six of eight points by the Cowgirls to put them back up 18-11. Despite being outscored down the stretch, Wyoming would take the set, 25-21, and the match 3-0.

Wyoming closes out the weekend against the UNLV Rebels, on Saturday, Nov. 6. The match is set for 1:00 p.m.