Nov. 7, 2009
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Team (12-16 overall, 2-11 in the Mountain West Conference) wrapped up their weekend with a three set win (25-20, 25-22, 25-12) over the Air Force Falcons (8-18 overall, 0-13 in the MWC), on Saturday night, in Laramie.
"I thought the players did a nice job getting focused and staying focused through out the entire match," said UW head coach Carrie Yerty. "It would be easy to come out after the second set break and relax, but I think they were very intense through out the whole match. We served well and our blocking was good. I hope this will give us some momentum heading into the final matches of the season.
Whitney led the way for the Cowgirls with 13 kills, six digs and a .320 (13-5-25) hitting percentage. Jodi Purdy followed with nine kills and three blocks, while JennaRae Jester added eight kills, nine block assists and a .385 (8-3-13) hitting percentage. The Cowgirls hit .263 (41-16-95) for the match and out blocked the Falcons, 10.5-8.
Air Force was led by Caroline Kurtz with seven kills and four digs. Nichole Stillwell added six kills and three block assists. They hit .106 (29-19-94) for the match.
Air Force took a small 3-1 lead to begin the first set which was tied up at five by Wyoming. The Cowgirls would score five of eight take a two point lead 10-8. The Falcons went on a 3-1 run to even it up at 11, but Wyoming responded with a 6-1 run of their own to go ahead, 17-12. Air Force chipped away at the lead and pulled to within three, 22-19. The Cowgirls would hold on to take the set 25-20.
In the second set, Wyoming went up 5-2. Air Force would score the next two points to make it 5-4, but the Cowgirls went on a 6-2 run to extend the lead to 11-6. The Falcons answered back with six of eight to pull within one, 13-12 and eventually tied it up at 15 all. The two teams went back and forth with scores until the Cowgirls, with the score tied at 20, finished out the match on a 5-2 run to win 25-22.
The Cowgirls took an 8-2 lead out of the gate in the third set. After Air Force scored the next two points, Wyoming ran off six straight to extend the lead to double-figures, 14-4. Their lead was never in jeopardy as the won the set 25-12 and the match 3-0.
The Cowgirls will go on the road next week for the final time with two conference match ups. They will take on the BYU Cougars, on Thursday, Nov. 12, and the Utah Utes, on Saturday, Nov. 14.