Nov. 7, 2013
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Team (15-13 overall, 5-9 MW) ended their four-match losing streak with a three set win (25-20, 25-17, 25-15) over the Nevada Wolf Pack (2-23 overall, 0-13 MW) on Thursday night.
Wyoming was led by sophomore Bridget Shanahan with her second straight double-figure kill match. She recorded 11 kills, five block assists and a .455 (11-1-22) hitting percentage. Erin Kirby followed with ten kills, five blocks and a team high .750 (10-1-12) hitting night. The Cowgirls hit a season high .385 (37-7-78) and out blocked the Wolf Pack, 10-3.
Nevada was led by Tessa Lea'ea with a team high 12 kills, while Sam Willoughby followed with eight kills and a .583 (8-1-12) hitting percentage. The Wolf Pack hit just .072 (34-27-97) for the match.
"I thought we had a nice hitting percentage tonight, which started with our solid passing," said head coach Chad Callihan. "It gave us more opportunities offensively and took the pressure off some players. Rachel Keyes did a nice job distributing the ball and keeping our hitters in a rhythm. As a team, the players did a good job taking what the defense gave them and didn't try and do too much."
Wyoming scored the first three of four points to begin the match to take a small 3-1 lead. An attack error and kill evened up the score at three. The two teams traded scores over the next couple of points until a 5-2 run by the Cowgirls put them up three, 10-7. A kill by Lea'ea ended the Nevada scoring drought, but Wyoming would extend the lead to five, 15-10. The Wolf Pack scored on the next side out, which was answered with the Cowgirls scoring seven of the next 11 to give them a 22-15 advantage. Nevada tried to close the gap with three straight points, but Wyoming wrapped up the set 25-20.
The Wolf Pack came out in the second set and went up 5-3 early, but two points from Wyoming made it five all. Nevada scored four of the next six to take a two point lead, 9-7. The Cowgirls battled back and tied it up at nine and then took the lead at 11-10. The Wolf Pack tied it up on the next side out and then the two teams played even through the next several points. With it all tied up at 14, the Cowgirls went on a 6-1 run to go up 20-15. They would hold Nevada to two points the remaining stretch of the set as Wyoming won 25-17 to take a 2-0 lead in the match.
It was all tied up through the first four points of set three until the Cowgirls went on a 7-1 run to go ahead 9-3. A service error by Wyoming ended the UNR scoring drought and they would pull to within three, 10-7. Wyoming would respond with six of the next eight to give them a 16-9 lead. The set was never in doubt as the Cowgirls won 25-15 to sweep the match 3-0.
The Cowgirls will now have the weekend off before resuming play on Thursday, Nov. 14 against the Air Force Falcons. The match is set for 7:00 p.m. in the UniWyo Sports Complex.