Nov. 6, 2010
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Team (21-6 overall, 6-5 in the MWC) won their second straight match with a four set win (19-25, 25-15, 25-23, 25-18) over the UNLV Rebels (8-18 overall, 3-9 in MWC), on Saturday afternoon in Laramie.
"Today's victory was the start of building some momentum," said head coach Carrie Yerty. "I still think we have the ability to get better the remainder of this season. It was nice that we made a change at libero with Becky Stewart and she brought some calmness and consistency on the court. We also subbed in Tamara Kitic and she did a great job as well. It's the first time since I've been here that we've had the depth to do that. We also went to a 5-1 and Barbara (Lasic) was great from a leadership standpoint. This was a big win for us to close out the weekend."
Three Cowgirls finished the match in double-figures led sophomore Jodi Purdy. She recorded 19 kills and 12 digs, plus five block assists. Lauren Whitney followed with 17 kills and 12 digs, while Tamara Kitic added a career high ten kills and nine digs. Wyoming hit .244 (60-21-160) for the match and out blocked the Rebels 11.5 to 8.
UNLV was led by Sara Nehf with 19 kills and nine digs in her effort. She was followed by Madeline Westman with eight kills, while Kela Lau Hee had a match high 18 digs. The Rebels hit .131 (45-26-145) for the match.
It was back and forth in the early going of the match until a 4-1 run by UNLV gave them a 7-4 advantage. The Cowgirls scored the next two points to pull them to within one, 7-6, unfortunately the Rebels ran off six of eight to regain a 13-8 lead. Wyoming scored the next point to end the run, but UNLV would increase their lead six, 16-10. Wyoming battled all the way back with an 8-2 run to even it up at 18 all. The Rebels answered with six straight to earn set point 24-18 and would end up winning the set 25-19.
Wyoming fell behind in the second set, 4-1, but scored the next six straight points to give them a 7-4 lead. UNLV scored the next two points to pull to within one, 7-6. The Cowgirls responded with seven of nine to make it 14-8. The Rebels would end the run to close the gap to four, 14-10. That would be as close as they would get. The Cowgirls scored the final 11 of 16 to win the set 25-15 to even up the match at one all.
The two teams played close through the first ten points of the third set as it was tied at five all. Wyoming would pull ahead by three, 9-6, with a 4-1 run. The Rebels responded with six of seven to give them a 12-10 advantage. After the Cowgirls tied it up at 12, UNLV scored four straight to go up 16-12. Wyoming surged back with six unanswered to go ahead by two, 18-16. Not to be outdone, the Rebels went back on top 19-18. A 5-2 run by UW gave them a 23-21 led, which again was equaled by UNLV 23-23. The Cowgirls finally scored the last two points of the set to take it 25-23.
After falling behind 4-2 in the fourth set, the Cowgirls scored five straight to take a 7-4 led. UNLV scored two points to bring them to within one, 7-6. Wyoming would quickly go back up by three, 11-8, which was evened up by the Rebels. Four unanswered gave the Cowgirls a 15-11 lead and they would never look back. They outscored UNLV 10-7 down the stretch to win the set 25-18 and the match 3-1.
Wyoming is out on the road next week for their final two road matches of the season. They will take on the TCU Horned Frogs, on Thursday, Nov. 11, and the New Mexico Lobos, on Saturday, Nov. 13.