LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming volleyball team (22-7, 11-5 MW) played its final home match and sent off seniors Erin Kirby and Whitney Smith with a three-set victory (25-14, 25-19, 25-20) over the Nevada Wolf Pack (7-19, 4-12 MW) on Wednesday night in Laramie.
Junior Bridget Shanahan and sophomore Kayla Slofkiss each recorded a team-high seven kills followed by Kirby with six kills and three blocks. Allison Waldvogel led the way with eight digs while setters Courtney Chacon and Dani Westfall each recorded 14 assists. Wyoming outhit the Wolf Pack .306 (35-13-72) to .099 (28-20-81) and finished with a season-high 13 service aces.
"We were very streaky tonight. We put together a five-point run and then gave three or four back, but luckily put together a few more runs than they did," head coach Chad Callihan said. "I felt that separated us on the scoreboard. We really got after them with our serving tonight and we were actually picking up points. We've really served well all season, sometimes you get more aces, but our goal was to knock them out of system."
The Wolf Pack were led by Sam Willoughby with nine kills and four block assists while hitting .263 (9-4-19). Sommer King followed with six kills and Lyndsey Anderson added 13 assists.
Nevada recorded the first point of the match which was answered with four straight by the Cowgirls to put them up 4-1. Two straight kills by King pulled the Wolf Pack to within one, 4-3. Wyoming responded with six of seven to extend the lead back to six, 10-4. Out of a UNR timeout, setter Lyndsey Anderson recorded a kill to end the scoreless drought for the Wolf Pack. The Cowgirls came back with a 10-1 run to make it 20-6. Nevada scored five of the next six to close the gap to ten, 21-11, but Wyoming would win set one, 25-14.
Wyoming carried the momentum into the second set by scoring the first five points, but Nevada scored seven of the next eight to take the lead 7-6. The Cowgirls responded with seven straight points to regain a six-point advantage, 13-7, which they would increase to double-figures, 22-12. The Wolf Pack battled back with a 5-0 run to pull within five, 22-17. After a timeout, the Cowgirls scored three of the final five points to win the set, 25-19.
In the third set, the Wolf Pack scored the first three points but Wyoming rallied with a 10-3 run to make it a four-point lead, 10-6. Out of a timeout, Nevada scored the next two points to close the gap to 10-8. The Cowgirls ran off 11 of the next 13 points increasing the lead to double-figures 21-10. The Wolf Pack outscored the Cowgirls remainder of the set, but UW won 25-18 and 3-0 in the match.
The Cowgirls will close out the week on Saturday against the San Jose State Spartans. The match is set for 7 p.m. MT in San Jose.