Nov. 19, 2011
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl volleyball team (21-11 overall) had their season ended in the semifinal match of the 2011 Mountain West Conference tournament on Saturday night. They fell in straight sets (21-25, 23-25, 20-25) to the top seeded Colorado State Rams (21-5 overall) in Albuquerque.
"Win or lose I can say that this team has given me everything all year," said head coach Carrie Yerty. "I'm extremely proud of the way they performed tonight and this season. The team fought hard and over the course of the season matured. We became a team that in the future will become an NCAA caliber team. I'm sorry that the season has to end because it's been a pleasure to coach this team."
Wyoming was led by junior Jodi Purdy and Calli Miller. They each finished with nine kills and nine digs. Becky Stewart finished with a team high 14 digs for the Cowgirls. As a team, UW hit .085 (34-24-117) and added five total team blocks.
Colorado State was led by Katelyn Steffan with 12 kills and seven digs, while Dana Cranston added ten kills, three service aces and two digs. Libero Izzy Gaulia ended her night with a match high 26 digs. The Rams hit .159 (38-20-113) for the match and had 12 total team blocks.
It was close in the early part of the match as the two teams were all tied up at four all. Colorado State scored five of the next eight to give them a 9-6 advantage. Wyoming scored the next two points to make it 9-8, but the Rams ran off three straight to go ahead by four, 12-8. The Cowgirls chipped away with a 5-1 run to even it up at 13. CSU quickly regained the lead at 16-13, which was answered with two points by UW to make it 16-15. The Rams made a 5-2 run of their own to earn set point 24-17. Wyoming held off four set points, but came up short, 25-21 in set one.
Colorado State gained the upper hand to begin the second set as they went ahead 4-1. The Cowgirls ran off four of the next five to tie it up at five all. The Rams responded with a 7-2 run to give them a five point advantage, 12-7. After a Wyoming timeout, they would score 11 straight points to give them their first lead of the set 18-12. A service error by the Cowgirls earned the side out for CSU and started a 5-0 run to pull them to within one, 18-17. Wyoming scored the next point, which was answered with three points by the Rams to put them ahead 20-19. The Cowgirls responded again to give them a 22-20 lead. Unfortunately, Colorado State scored the final five of six to win the set, 25-23, to take a 2-0 lead in the match.
In the third set, the Rams carried over the momentum as they scored the first four points of the set. Wyoming responded by scoring six of eight to even it up at six all. CSU scored the next point to end the run and then the Cowgirls rallied off four to regain a 10-7 advantage. Colorado State not only closed the gap but went ahead by two, 14-12, with a 7-2 run. UW tied it back up at 14, which was answered with six of the next eight by the Rams to give them a 20-16 lead. Unfortunately, the Cowgirls couldn't make a comeback as they lost the set 25-20, and the match 3-0.