Wyoming Volleyball Has A Tough Night Against Cougars

Nov. 24, 2010

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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Despite holding a 2-1 set advantage, the Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Team (22-9 overall, 7-8 in the MWC) suffered a tough five set loss (22-25, 25-23, 25-17, 16-25, 9-15) against the BYU Cougars (14-15 overall, 9-6 in MWC), on Wednesday night, in Laramie.

"It's unfortunate on senior night that we couldn't pull out a victory," said head coach Carrie Yerty. "We didn't play our best volleyball tonight and BYU played better than we did. We had some mistakes at critical times which hurt us. We have to move on as a team from this match and get ready for Friday against Utah."

Four Cowgirls finished the night in double figures led by senior JennaRae Jester. She recorded 11 kills and five blocks, while hitting .259 (11-4-27). Tamara Kitic also added 11 kills, while Lauren Whitney and Jodi Purdy each added ten kills each. Becky Stewart recorded a team high 14 digs while Whitney and Purdy each added 12 and 11 digs respectively. Wyoming hit .101 (50-34-158) for the match and recorded 12 total team blocks.

BYU was led by Stephanie Snow who recorded a match high 15 kills and hit .619 (15-2-21). She was followed by Christina Measom with 12 kills and six total blocks, while Jennifer Hamson added ten kills. The Cougars hit .155 (53-31-142) and added 13 total team blocks for the match.

It was back and forth through the first eight points as it was tied up at four. The Cowgirls scored four of five to take an 8-5 advantage, which was evened up at eight with three straight from the Cougars. The two teams continued to trade scores until Wyoming took a small 13-10 lead. BYU responded with a 7-2 run to pull ahead 17-15, but six unanswered by the Cowgirls helped them regain a 21-17 lead. The Cougars battled back and ran off the final eight of nine points to take the set 25-22.

The momentum carried over to the Cougars in the second set as they opened up a 4-0 lead. Wyoming would tie it up at four and then the two teams traded scores. With the score all even at nine, BYU went on a 7-3 run to go ahead by four, 16-12. The Cowgirls would end the run but BYU extended the lead back to three, 19-16. Wyoming stormed back with six straight to give them the lead back at 22-20. UW would hold off two runs by the Cougars to win the set 25-23.

Wyoming jumped out to the 7-3 lead to begin the third set. BYU closed the gap to two, 8-6, but four straight by Wyoming put them back up six, 12-6. After the Cougars scored the next point, UW scored five of the next six to extend their margin to eight, 17-9. BYU pulled to within five, 22-17, but Wyoming ran off the final three points to take the set, 25-17, and a 2-1 lead in the match.

In the fourth set, the Cowgirls took a small 6-5 lead, which was answered with four straight points by BYU to give them a 9-6 lead. Wyoming pulled to within one, 11-10, with a 4-2 run, but the Cougars scored seven of eight to extend the lead to seven, 18-11. The Cowgirls would narrow the margin to four, 18-14, unfortunately BYU closed out the set on a 7-2 run to take it 25-16.

The Cougars dominated out of the gate in the fifth set as they took a 7-2 lead. Wyoming tried to climb their way back into it with a small run to pull within three, 10-7. Unfortunately, they would only score two more points in the set. BYU would take the set, 15-9, and the match 3-2.

Wyoming will close out the regular season against the Utah Utes, on Friday Nov. 26. The match is set for 7:00 p.m. in the UniWyo Sports Complex.