LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming Cowgirl volleyball team fell down two sets to one, before coming back and tying the match at two and taking control in the final and deciding set to claim victory over San Jose State on Saturday night. UW grabbed the 3-2 (22-25, 25-13, 24-26, 23-23, 15-11) win against the Spartans with 902 fans in attendance at the UniWyo Sports Complex.
The victory moved Wyoming's home winning streak to 11, which continues to be second-best in program history. The Cowgirls won 13-consecutive matches at home during the 1989 and 1990 seasons.
It was an up and down evening for the Cowgirls (21-6, 11-4 MW), as senior Bridget Shanahan led UW with 18 kills during the match. She moved into sole possession of tenth place on Wyoming's all-time kills list with 1,040 for her career.
"While the execution was not the best at times we continuously found a way to compete the entire night," UW head coach Chad Callihan said. "We had talked about how good defensively this team was and we wanted to be aggressive and keep that pressure on them. There was nothing safe about those swings at the end of the match, they were some big-time swings that helped us pull away."
Kayla Slofkiss was the lone Cowgirl to record a double-double for Wyoming. She had 14 kills against the Spartans (13-16, 5-11 MW) to go along with 15 digs and five blocks. It was her team-leading 11th double-double of the season. Kayla Henderson was the third Cowgirl to record double-figure kills with ten. It proved to be the fourth time this season she has had at least ten for UW.
Cori Aafedt and Courtney Chacon guided the offensive attack for the Cowgirls. It was the seventh time this year that the two of them each had 20 or more assists. Aafedt finished tonight with 25, while Chacon dished out 23 against San Jose State. Allison Waldvogel led UW with 17 digs. As Slofkiss added 15 digs, Waldvogel was the only other Cowgirl to record double-digits. Chacon was one shy of recording her ninth double-double of the season. Freshman Reed Copeland once again led both teams with eight total blocks. She also added seven kills, while fellow Freshman Mattison DeGarmo brought home nine kills.
Five Cowgirls had two kills in the first frame, while Waldvogel scooped up four digs. Henderson got the offense rolling in the second set with a team-leading five kills and Shanahan posted four after the intermission. Slofkiss recorded five in the fourth set before Shanahan added five of her own in the final frame to seal the victory for the Cowgirls.
Wyoming will travel to Fresno State (14-15, 6-9 MW) on Wednesday for its final road match of the season. First serve is scheduled for 8 p.m. MT and will mark the only matchup with the Bulldogs this season. Wyoming has won three-straight against Fresno State.