Wyoming Beats Montana State and North Dakota On Opening Day of Tournament
Sept. 4, 2009
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Team (4-1 overall) opened up the UniWyo Cowgirl Invite with a 3-2 win over Montana State (25-17, 25-19, 24-26, 15-25, 11-15), and a 3-1 win against the North Dakota Fighting Sioux (25-22, 21-25, 25-18, 25-23), on Friday, in Laramie.
In the initial match of the day, the Cowgirls scored the first two points of the set and MSU answered with the next four of five points to go up 4-3. Wyoming came back with a 4-1 run to regain a 7-5 advantage. The Bobcats would tie it up at seven and then the Cowgirls went on an 11-2 run to increase their lead to double-figures, 18-9. The Bobcats tried to battle back and pulled to within six, 20-14. Wyoming would allow MSU to only score three points the remainder of the way as they won the set, 25-17.
Wyoming would go up 3-0 to being the second set, but a 7-2 run by MSU gave them a 7-5 advantage. The Cowgirls answered with an 8-1 run of their own to regain a five point lead, 13-8. They would continued to maintain a five to six point lead the remainder of the way as the Cowgirls took the second set 25-19.
It was back and forth in the early part of the third set until an 8-1 run by the Bobcats gave them an 11-4 lead. The Cowgirls tried to close the gap by scoring six of eight to pull within two, 12-10. Eventually the Cowgirls would tie it up at 15 all and then scored the next five points to make it 20-15. MSU continued to battle back and scored 8 of 11 to even it up at 23. Despite holding off two set points, the Cowgirls would fall 26-24.
In the fourth set, Wyoming gained a slight lead until a 4-1 run put MSU up 8-7. Wyoming responded by scoring six of nine to give them their first lead, 13-11. Unfortunately, the Bobcats gained momentum with a 13-1 run and held the Cowgirls to just two points the remainder of the way as they forced a fifth set, 25-15.
The Cowgirls took control from the beginning of the fifth set with a 6-2 lead. MSU answered with a 5-1 run to tie it up at seven all. After the two teams traded a couple of points back and forth, Wyoming scored the final six of eight points to win the set, 15-11, and the match 3-2.
Four Cowgirls finished the match in double-figure kills including junior Dani Bedore. She recorded a double-double with 15 kills and ten digs. Lauren Whitney had 16 kills followed by JennaRae Jester with 12 kills and a .348 (12-4-23) hitting percentage. Jodi Purdy had her second double-double of her career with ten kills and 14 digs. Wyoming hit .248 (56-21-141) for the match and out blocked the Bobcats 12-7.
Kyla Hendry led the way for Montana State with 14 kills, four total blocks and a .400 (14-4-25) hitting percentage. She was followed by Jodeen Rademacher with ten kills, while Taylar Barney added eight. The Bobcats hit .201 (56-27-144) for the match.
"I thought Dani Bedore did a great job establishing the offense for us," said UW head coach Carrie Yerty. "We had some breakdowns in our passing, but that will happen when you have with such a young team. I thought that we competed very hard especially in the fifth set coming out very aggressive. We really hung in there against Montana State and we will take a victory."
Against North Dakota, the scoring went back and forth in the early going until UND took a slight 10-8 lead. The Cowgirls answered with a 5-1 run to go up two, 13-11. The Fighting Sioux would score the next 7 of 10 to make it 18-16. Wyoming would chip away at the lead with a 7-3 run of their own to regain a 23-20 advantage. UND wouldn't go away quietly as they pulled to within one, 23-22. The Cowgirls kept their composure and scored the last two points to win 25-22.
The second set started of very similar to the first with very tight scoring. With it all even at five, the Cowgirls went on a 9-4 run to take a five point lead, 14-9, but UND battled back by scoring 8 of 11 to tie it up at 17. Unfortunately for Wyoming, the Fighting Sioux would out score them 8-4 the rest of the way to win the set, 25-21.
Wyoming started off the third set with some momentum by taking an 8-3 lead, which they extended to 12-6. UND chipped away at the lead with a 6-1 run to pull within one, 13-12. The Cowgirls responded by scoring 8 of 11 to make it a five point set, 21-16. They would win the set 25-18 to take a 2-1 lead in the match.
In the fourth set, the Cowgirls took an early 6-3 lead, which they extended to six, 12-6. North Dakota fought back and went on 12-6 run to tie it up at 18 all. Each team traded scores over the next couple of points until Wyoming went up 23-20. The Fighting Sioux scored the next two points to pull within one, 23-22, but the Cowgirls maintained their composure and closed out the set 25-23 and the match 3-1.
Two Cowgirls finished the night with double figures in kills led by freshman Jodi Purdy. She recorded a career high 18 kills and 15 digs. Lauren Whitney followed with 14 kills, while Jessica Kagarise recorded 19 digs. Wyoming hit .155 (53-30-148) for the match.
North Dakota was led by Devin Trefz who had 12 kills and eight digs. Britta Hanson followed with ten kills and 12 block assists.
"I thought we did a better job of going back and forth scoring and not letting them get big runs on us," said Yerty. "We stayed aggressive the entire match. Jodi (Purdy) had a tremendous match tonight. We need to continue to get our middles going, but overall they competed and they battled. It was a total team effort."
Wyoming will close out the tournament against the Fresno State Bulldogs, on Saturday, September 5. The match is set to begin at 7:00 p.m.