Nov. 19, 2009
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Team (13-18 overall, 3-13 in the Mountain West Conference) wrapped up the 2009 season with a three-set sweep (25-14, 25-23, 27-25) against the UNLV Rebels (8-16 overall, 5-10 in the MWC), on Thursday night in Laramie.
"More than anything this was a great win to send off senior Jessica Kagarise," said UW head coach Carrie Yerty. "She's battled all year for us and to accomplish the single season record in digs really shows she stayed focused throughout her career. For the rest of our team, it's a great stepping stone and building block for next season. We've had a lot of five set matches and been up two games. Tonight it really came together and I'm proud of the players. I think they did a tremendous job passing and blocking, and it's a night we can celebrate and move forward into next season."
Two Cowgirls finished the night with double-figure kills led by freshman Jodi Purdy. She recorded 13 kills and eight digs, while Lauren Whitney added 11 kills and eight digs. Senior Jessica Kagarise led the way with 13 digs. With that she tallies 435 for the season, which ranks first all-time on the single season list in school history. The previous mark was 427 held by Diane Bassett since 1984. As a team, Wyoming hit .220 (38-14-109) and out blocked the Rebels 8-4.
Cursty Jackson finished the match with a team high 13 kills and eight digs for the Rebels. She was followed by Erin Greenwood with eight kills. UNLV hit .105 (38-25-105) for the match.
Wyoming took an early 5-3 lead in the first set, which they increased to 8-4. Over the next several points, they would maintain a three to four point lead until four straight by UNLV tied it up at 11. The Cowgirls responded with a 9-1 run to regain a 20-12 advantage. They would allow the Rebels to score just two more points as Wyoming took the first set 25-14.
The scoring went back and forth to begin the second set until the Rebels went up 8-6. They would increase that lead to four, 12-8, with a 4-2 run. The Cowgirls tried to chip away at the lead and pulled to within three, 15-12. Unfortunately, UNLV scored three of four to make the lead 18-13. Wyoming wouldn't go away as they went on another 8-3 run to tie it up at 21 all. They would score the final four of six to win the set 25-23.
In the third set, UNLV took a 7-3 lead, but the Cowgirls went on a 6-2 run to even it up at nine. They would score three of the next four points to take a 12-10 lead. UNLV closed the gap and tied it up at 13. Wyoming went on another run to regain a 20-14 advantage. The Rebels wouldn't go away as they battled back to tie it up at 23 all. The Cowgirls kept their composure and closed things out with a 4-2 run to win the set 27-25 and the match 3-0.