Wyoming Volleyball Wins Five Set Thriller Over New Mexico

Nov. 10, 2011


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The Wyoming Cowgirl volleyball team battled to a tough five set victory (23-25, 25-20, 25-22, 20-25, 15-13) over the New Mexico Lobos on Thursday night in Albuquerque. The Cowgirls moved to 19-10 overall and 8-5 in league play, while the Lobos fall to 14-12 and 6-7 in the Mountain West.

"This was a total team effort tonight," said head coach Carrie Yerty. "We did a great job blocking the ball tonight and utilizing our offense. Meghan Sipe did a nice job coming in off the bench and serving tough, but I thought our core players battle the entire time. Calli Miller had a phenomenal night with 16 kills and 14 digs, while Jodi Purdy was solid as always. I was proud of the team winning a tough road match."

Sophomore Calli Miller had a career night as she recorded 16 kills plus 14 digs and a .297 (16-5-37) hitting percentage. Jodi Purdy recorded her 19th double-double of the season with 15 kills and 14 digs, while Camille Coffman added 11 kills and a .296 (11-3-27) hitting percentage. Becky Stewart finished with a career high 26 digs, while Rachel Keyes added ten digs. Wyoming hit .195 (58-22-185) for the match and out blocked the Lobos 14.5-7.5.

New Mexico was led by Ashley Rhoades with 23 kills and four blocks, while Kelly Williamson added 14 kills. Elsa Krieg hit .308 (10-2-26) on the night and libero Allison Buck finished with a match high 36 digs. The Lobos hit .157 (67-36-197) for the match.

Wyoming would score the first three points of the match, which was answered with two points from New Mexico to make the score 3-2. The Cowgirls responded back with six of the next eight points to pull ahead by five, 9-4. After a New Mexico timeout, they ran off three straight to pull within two, 9-7. UW scored the next point to end the run, but the Lobos scored six of nine to even things up at 13 all. The two teams would trade scores back and forth over the next several points. With it all tied up at 16 all, the Cowgirls rallied off four straight points to give them a four point advantage, 20-16. Unfortunately, New Mexico responded with an 8-1 run to earn set point, 24-21. Wyoming pulled to within one, 24-23, but would fall 25-23 in the first set.

New Mexico carried that momentum over in to the second set as they opened up a 5-2 lead. The Cowgirls responded with a 9-2 run to give them a four-point advantage, 11-7. The Lobos battled back with five of the next seven points to close to within one, 13-12. Wyoming would regroup and make a small run to gain a 17-14 lead, which they would extend to six, 21-15. The Lobos scored the next three points out of a timeout to pull within three, 21-18. The Cowgirls kept their composure and took the second set, 25-20.

In the third set, the Lobos again took an early 6-3 lead. Wyoming battled back to tied it up at nine all, and then ran off eight of ten points to gain a five point advantage, 17-12. Four unanswered from New Mexico brought them to within one, 17-16. The Cowgirls went on a 6-2 run which gave them a five point lead, 23-18. They would hold off a late rally by the Lobos to win the third set, 25-22, to take a 2-1 lead in the match.

Wyoming took charge from the beginning of the fourth set as they took an 8-4 lead. The two teams played fairly even over the next several points as the Cowgirls continued to maintain their lead, 13-8. New Mexico battled their way back into the set as they scored 8 of 11 to even it up at 16 all. UW scored the next two points to retake the lead 18-16, but the Lobos scored seven straight to go ahead 23-18. They would win the set 25-20 to force a fifth and deciding set.

It was a battle in the early part of the fifth set as the two teams were all tied up at eight. After the two teams changed sides, the Lobos scored the next point, which was answered by the Cowgirls to give them a 10-9 lead. The momentum shifted back to New Mexico as they regained an 11-10 advantage. Four straight points by UW gave them match points, 14-11. The Lobos wouldn't go away and made it a one point set, 14-13, but the Cowgirls scored the final point to win the set 15-13 and the match 3-2.

UW closes out the regular season on Saturday, Nov. 12 against the TCU Frogs. The match is set for 12:00 p.m. Mountain Time in Ft. Worth.