Nov. 13, 2008
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball team (4-18 overall, 3-10 in the MWC) lost their second straight match in five sets by a count of 3-2 (26-24, 20-25, 25-20, 24-26, 11-15) against the UNLV Rebels (15-12 overall, 8-6 in the MWC) on Thursday night in Laramie.
"We had an opportunity to win at the end just like we did against New Mexico," said UW head coach Carrie Yerty. "They played so hard tonight, and Carissa Lee had a great match on the defensive side. When it comes down to the end you have to be able to handle the pressure. I will give us credit for going five sets with a good team, but we are good enough to beat that team. They give us everything they have each time they're out on the court."
Four players finished the day in double-figures for Wyoming led by sophomore Lauren Whitney. She recorded a career high 20 kills, while hitting .196 (20-9-56). She was followed by Dani Bedore with 13 kills and ten digs. Jenna Arneson recorded 11 and JennaRae Jester added ten. Senior Carissa Lee recorded a team high 21 digs. With those 21 digs, she moved into first place all-time in school history with 1,110. The Cowgirls hit .151 (60-31-192) for the match and had 12 total team blocks.
Sara Nehf led the way for UNLV with 17 kills and ten digs, while Erin Greenwood added 15. The Rebels hit .178 (65-34-174) for the match and recorded nine total team blocks.
The Cowgirls took a slight 4-2 lead to begin the match. UNLV scored the next two points to tie it up, but Wyoming went on a 7-1 run to take an 11-5 advantage. The Rebels ended the drought with three straight to pull within three, 11-8. Wyoming scored four of the next six to pull ahead by five, but UNLV scored another five unanswered to tie it up at 15. That would start a 5-2 run by the Rebels which gave them a 20-17 lead. The Cowgirls battled back with a 7-2 run to earn set point 24-22. UNLV held those off which tied it up at 24 all, but Wyoming kept their composure and scored the final two points to win the set 26-24.
It was the Cowgirls who took the 5-2 lead in the start the second set. UNLV answered with six straight to take a three point advantage 8-5. Wyoming came back by scoring four straight to regain a one point lead, 9-8. The two teams traded scores over the next several points until the Rebels went up 14-11. Wyoming scored five of eight to pull within one, 17-16. Unfortunately that would be as close as it would be. UNLV closed out the set on an 8-4 run to win 25-20.
In the third set it was a real battle as neither team took a lead larger than two. With it all tied up at eight, the Cowgirls went on a 6-1 run to go up 14-9. The Rebels scored four of five to pull within three 15-12. Wyoming responded with a 6-4 run to pull ahead by six, 21-15. UNLV continued to battle back and brought the score to within four, 22-18. UW would score the final three of five to win the set 25-20.
UNLV took the lead 8-3 to begin the fourth set, which they extended to eight, 14-6. Wyoming clawed their way back into it with a 10-2 run to tie it up at 16. The Rebels scored three of the next four to take a 19-17 lead, which was quickly evened up by the Cowgirls. Unfortunately, UNLV went on a 5-1 run to earn set point, 24-20. Wyoming battled back and held off three set points to tie it up 24. Their comeback would fall short as UNLV took the set 26-24 to force a fifth set.
In the fifth set, UNLV took a 4-1 lead, but the Cowgirls scored three straight to tie it up. UNLV scored the next two points which again Wyoming responded with a 5-2 run to go up one, 9-8. The Rebels answered with five straight to regain a 13-9 lead. Unfortunately, the Cowgirls were unable to make a comeback as they fell 15-11 in the set and 3-2 in the match.
The Cowgirls will play their final home match on Saturday night against the San Diego State Aztecs. The match is set to begin at 7 p.m. It will be the last home match for three seniors, Samantha Eley, Carissa Lee and Tasha Weishahn.