Aug. 26, 2011
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Team (1-1 overall) opened up the 2011 season with a split at the UniWyo Wyoming Invite. They suffered a five set loss against Oregon State (25-23, 25-21, 23-25, 17-25, 15-13) but rebounded with a three set win (25-11, 25-20, 25-18) over Gonzaga, on Friday, in Laramie.
"I think it's hard when you go up 2-0 in a match," said head coach Carrie Yerty. "We came out on fire and then against Oregon State we had a bit of a letdown. The team came out ready against Gonzaga. They had a few mental lapses, but for the most part once we got back in rhythm we controlled the pace of the match. I'm pleased with our blocking, and our younger players that played today. Meghan Sipe did a nice job, plus Whitney Smith had a solid performance. Despite not coming away with two victories it was a good day."
In the first set against Oregon State, the Cowgirls got off to a fast start by taking a 9-4 lead. OSU responded with a 6-0 run to take their first lead of the game, 10-9. Wyoming scored the next point to even it up at ten all, but the Beavers extended their advantage back to five, 17-12. Wyoming battled back with six unanswered to put them back up one, 18-17. It went back and forth until tied up at 23 all Wyoming scored the final two points to take the first set, 25-23.
It was close early in the second set until a 9-4 run by Oregon State gave them a five-point advantage, 13-8. The Cowgirls responded by scoring seven of the next nine points to tie it up at 15 all. After OSU scored the next point, Wyoming scored five straight points to give them a 20-16 lead. They would hold off a late surge by the Beavers to win the second set 25-21.
Wyoming took the early 8-4 advantage to begin the third set, which was answered with eight straight points by OSU to give them the lead 12-8. The Cowgirls tried to chip into that lead and made it a two point set, 16-14. Oregon State pulled away and regained a 23-18 lead. UW made one last push and held off three straight set points, but would end up falling 25-23.
In the fourth set, the two teams traded points early until Oregon State took a small 8-6 lead. After Wyoming tied it up at nine all, the Beavers went on an 11-5 run to give them the a six point advantage, 20-14. Unfortunately, the Cowgirls were only able to score three points the rest of the way as OSU took the set, 25-17, and forced a fifth set.
Wyoming gained momentum early in the fifth set by going up 5-2. Oregon State responded with seven of the next nine points to take a two point lead, 9-7. Despite their best efforts, the Cowgirls were only able to pull to within one point, and would fall 15-13 in the set and 3-2 in the match.
The Cowgirls were led by Jodi Purdy with a team high 12 kills and a career high 21 digs. She also added one block solo and four block assists. Camille Coffman followed with 11 kills and a team high .259 (11-4-27) hitting percentage. Reese Plante tied her career high with eight block assists, while adding six kills. Wyoming hit .129 (51-29-170) for the match and recorded 13 total blocks.
Oregon State was led by Camille Saxton with 17 kills and three block assists. She was followed by Ashley Eneliko with 16 kills and a .625 hitting percentage. The Beavers hit .196 (65-32-168) for the match.
The Cowgirls were fired up out of the gate against Gonzaga as they took a 9-2 advantage in the first set. They increased that margin to double-figures, 15-4, with a 6-2 run. The set was never in jeopardy for the Cowgirls as they won the first set 25-11.
In the second set, Wyoming carried their momentum by earning a 7-2 lead. Gonzaga went on a small run to pull within four, 10-6, which Wyoming answered with an 8-5 run to make it 18-10. The Bulldogs battled back scoring five of six to make it 19-15. The Cowgirls would hold on to take the set 25-21 to gain a 2-0 lead in the match.
It was back and forth in the early part of the third set until UW earned a small 9-6 lead. Gonzaga answered with a 6-1 run to take a 12-10 lead. With the score 15-11 in favor of the Bulldogs, Wyoming scored four of five to tie it up at 16. They would score the next five straight to go up 21-16. The Cowgirls held Gonzaga to just two points the rest of the way as they won the set, 25-18, and the match 3-0.
The Cowgirls were led by redshirt freshman Erin Kirby who had a career high nine kills, five block assists and a .533 (9-1-15) hitting percentage. Jodi Purdy added eight kills and six total blocks. Wyoming hit .274 (36-13-84) for the matches and out blocked the Bulldogs 10.5-1.0.
Gonzaga was led by Kylie Edinger with six kills, while Terran Poindexter added five kills. The Bulldogs hit -.062 (25-31-97) for the match.
Wyoming will close out the tournament on Saturday against the South Dakota Coyotes, at 1:30 p.m., and the DePaul Blue Demons, at 7:00 p.m. Both matches will be played in the UniWyo Sports Complex.