Wyoming Volleyball Loses in Three Sets to BYU

Nov. 12, 2009

PROVO, Utah -

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The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Team (12-17 overall, 2-12 in the Mountain West Conference) started out their road trip on a tough note as they fell in three sets (21-25, 20-25, 19-25) against the BYU Cougars (13-12 overall, 7-6 in the MWC), on Thursday night, in Provo.

"We really struggled tonight, especially against the block," UW head coach Carrie Yerty stated. "We hung around until the 20 point mark in each set, but had a struggle finishing. It wasn't our best effort but we had a couple of players have good matches. Dani Bedore had a solid match and Jessica Kegarise had a good effort on the defensive side."

Two players finished the night with a team leading eight kills. Jodi Purdy recorded eight kills, four digs and two blocks, while Lauren Whitney added eight kills and eight digs. As a team, Wyoming hit just .082 (32-23-110) for the match.

BYU was led by Kayla Walker with ten kills and a .308 (10-2-26) hitting percentage. She was followed by two players with nine kills each. The Cougars hit .283 (44-14-106) for the match.

After BYU scored the first two points of the match, the Cowgirls scored the next four of five to take an early 4-3 lead. The Cougars would go on a small run to even it up at eight all. Over the next several points, the two teams would trade scores with neither one gaining a significant advantage. With the score 12-11 in favor of BYU, they would go on a 4-1 run to extend their lead to four, 16-12. Wyoming tried to chip away at the Cougar lead and pulled to within two, 20-18. Unfortunately, their comeback would fall short as BYU took the first set, 25-21.

Momentum swung over to the Cougars in the second set as they jumped out to an 8-3 lead. The Cowgirls tried to battle back and made it a two point set, 10-8, but BYU answered with four straight points to gain a 14-8 advantage. Wyoming chipped away at the lead with an 8-3 run to pull within one, 17-16. The Cougars scored the next two points, but the Cowgirls eventually would tie it up at 20 all. BYU would score the final five points of the set to win 25-20 to take a 2-0 lead in the match.

Wyoming would score the first point of set three, and BYU would comeback with 8 of 11 to take an 8-4 advantage. A 4-2 run by the Cowgirls pulled them to within two, 10-8, but a 7-4 run by the Cougars gave them a 17-12 advantage. It was never close after that as BYU took the set 25-19 and the match 3-0.

The Cowgirls will wrap things up against the Utah Utes, on Saturday, Nov. 14. The match is set to begin at 1 p.m.