Cowgirl Volleyball Ends Season With Loss to BYU

Nov. 22, 2008

PROVO, Utah -

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In their final match of the season, the Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball team (5-20 overall, 4-12 in the Mountain West Conference) fell in three sets (19-25, 20-25, 16-25) against the BYU Cougars (14-12 overall, 7-9 in the MWC) on Saturday night in Provo.

"I was grateful for this team," said UW head coach Carrie Yerty. "They gave every ounce of effort all year and I couldn't have asked for anything more. I think it will help us build a foundation for the future."

Wyoming was led by sophomore Dani Bedore with a match high 16 kills, while hitting .250 (16-6-40). Lauren Whitney finished with six kills and two block assists and Jenna Arneson added five kills. As a team, the Cowgirls hit just .115 (33-21-104) and had four total blocks.

The Cougars were led by Rachel Dyer and Kayla Walker with ten kills each. Dyer hit a match high .500 (10-1-18) while Walker finished with 12 digs. BYU hit .356 (44-13-87) for the match and had nine total team blocks.

BYU jumped out early in the match to a 6-2 advantage. The Cowgirls battled back by scoring six of the next seven to pull ahead by one, 8-7. After the Cougars scored the next two points, Wyoming went on a 6-2 run to make their lead three, 14-11. BYU responded with a 7-2 run of their own to regain a two-point lead, 18-16. They would never look back as the Cowgirls were only able to score three points as the Cougars took the first set 25-19.

In the second set, the Cougars scored the first four points before Wyoming scored their first. They would extend the lead to six, 8-2. The Cowgirls scored the next three to pull within three, 8-5, but BYU continued to maintain that three to four point margin. After Wyoming closed the margin to 14-11, the Cougars scored five unanswered to extend the lead to eight, 19-11. The Cowgirls tried to battle back and scored the next 7 of 11 to pull within five, 23-18. Unfortunately, their comeback would fall short as BYU win the set, 25-20.

The Cougars stormed out to a 7-3 lead to begin the third set, but the Cowgirls scored three of the next five to pull to within two, 9-7. BYU answered with an 8-3 run to extend the lead back to seven, 17-10. Despite playing even the remainder of the way, the Cowgirls would fall 25-16 in the set and 3-0 in the match.

The Cowgirls close out the season 5-20 overall and 4-12 in the Mountain West Conference.