Cowgirl Volleyball Earns Big Road Win Over Frogs

Nov. 11, 2010

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Team (22-6 overall, 7-5 in the MWC) earned a tough four set road win (25-21, 23-25, 25-18, 25-16) over the TCU Horned Frogs (13-13 overall, 4-8 in MWC), on Thursday night in Ft. Worth.

"This was a total team performance to earn this win," said head coach Carrie Yerty. "We were aggressive serving, which I think took them out of their offense. Jodi (Purdy) and Lauren (Whitney) both had outstanding matches on the offensive and defensive sides, plus Barbara (Lasic) and Rachel (Keyes) did a nice job setting the match. We were consistent over the entire match and we look forward to taking on New Mexico on Saturday."

Two Cowgirls finished the match with double-doubles led by sophomore Jodi Purdy. She recorded her 12th double-double of the season with 16 kills, 16 digs and a .278 hitting percentage. Lauren Whitney followed with 11 kills and 11 digs. With those 11 kills, she reached 1,000 kills for her career and moved into tenth place all-time with 1,007. Redshirt freshman Reese Roehrkasse hit a team high .615 (8-0-13) for the match and added three block assists. JennaRae Jester recorded six blocks, which moves her into ninth place in school history with 324 blocks for her career. Wyoming hit .276 (54-17-134) for the match and out blocked the Frogs 9-6.

TCU was led by Irene Hester with 16 kills and eight digs. Jordan Raines followed with 12 kills and 15 digs, while hitting .206 (12-5-34) for the match. The Frogs hit .176 (46-21-142) on the night.

It was close through the first six points as it was all tied up at three. TCU took a small 5-3 lead, which Wyoming responded with three of four points to even it up at six all. The Frogs scored the next point to go up one, 7-6, but the Cowgirls went on a 4-1 run to take a 10-7 advantage. TCU would pull to within one, 11-10. Wyoming answered again with five of six to pull ahead, 16-11, and extended their lead to six, 21-15. The Frogs battled back with five straight points to close the gap to one, 21-20. Behind some solid play, the Cowgirls held TCU to just one point to take the first set, 25-21.

After falling behind 4-1 to begin the second set, Wyoming scored six of seven points to take their first lead, 7-5. They would increase that margin to four, 11-7, with a small run. Two teams played fairly even over the next several points as the Cowgirls continued to hold a five point advantage, 15-10. The Frogs would battle back with a 5-1 run to pull to pull within one, 16-15. TCU would eventually tie it up at 20 all and then take a one point lead, 21-20. Wyoming would score the next point but the Frogs scored three of four to earn set point, 24-22. The Cowgirls held off one set point, but ended up falling 25-23.

TCU scored the first two points of the third set, which was answered four straight by the Cowgirls to put them up 4-2. The Frogs responded with a 5-1 run to retake a 7-5 advantage. Wyoming pulled even at ten by scoring five of the next eight points. They would take their first lead of the set, 16-12, with a 6-2 run. The Frogs closed the gap to one, 16-15, with three unanswered points. The Cowgirls ran off the final 9 of 12 points to win the second set, 25-18, to give them a 2-1 lead in the match.

In the fourth set, UW took a small 3-1 lead, which TCU tied it up at three all. The Cowgirls scored the next four of seven to give them a two-point advantage, 8-6. The Frogs went on a 4-2 run of their own to pull even at ten all. Wyoming responded with four straight points to give them a 14-10 lead. TCU closed to within three, 15-12, but that would be as close as they would get. The Cowgirls scored the

Wyoming will wrap up the weekend against the New Mexico Lobos, on Saturday, Nov. 16. The match is set for 1:00 p.m. in Albuquerque.