Women's Volleyball

Wyoming Volleyball Earns Fourth Straight Conference Win Over Fresno State

Shanahan recorded 12 kills and 10 blocks against Fresno State

Shanahan recorded 12 kills and 10 blocks against Fresno State

Nov. 21, 2013

FRESNO, Calif. -

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The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Team (18-13 overall, 8-9 MW) won their fourth straight conference match with a four-set victory (18-25, 25-16, 26-24, 28-26) over the Fresno State Bulldogs (17-12 overall, 11-6 MW) on Thursday night. It's the first time in MW play that a Cowgirl team has won four consecutive league matches.

Senior Reese Plante finished her night with a team high 13 kills while adding six digs and four total blocks. Bridget Shanahan recorded 12 kills and a career high ten blocks while Kayla Slofkiss had 11 kills. Erin Kirby also recorded ten total blocks while hitting .273 (7-1-22) on the night. Wyoming hit .159 (48-23-157) and out blocked the Bulldogs, 18-12.

Fresno State was led by Korrin Wild who finished with a match high 22 kills and 12 digs. Holly Franks recorded 13 kills and 11 digs while Maci Murdock added 11 kills and eight blocks. The Bulldogs hit .209 (60-27-158) for the match.

Fresno State earned the first point of the match, but the Cowgirls scored three of the next four points to take a 3-2 advantage. The teams exchanged the next two points until the Bulldogs responded with eight straight points to go ahead by seven, 11-4. A kill by Kirby stopped the Wyoming scoring drought and started a small run to pull them to within five, 12-7. The Bulldogs ran off seven of the next eight to extend the lead back to nine, 19-8. The Cowgirls would out score Fresno State 10-6 the remainder of the set, but would still come up short 25-18.

After FSU scored the first two points of the second set, the Cowgirls answered with four straight points to go ahead 4-2. A kill by Wild stopped the Bulldog scoring drought and Wyoming responded with a 5-2 run to make it 9-4. Fresno State chipped away at the lead and pulled to within two, 11-9. The Cowgirls scored seven of the next nine points to extend the lead back to seven, 18-11. They would hold FSU to just five points the remainder of the set as they evened up the match at one set apiece taking it 25-16.

In the third set, the Bulldogs quickly jumped out to an 8-4 advantage. The Cowgirls responded with a 7-2 run to take the lead 11-10. After a Fresno State timeout, they would score seven of nine points to go back ahead by four, 17-13. FSU maintained a four to five point advantage over the next several points until five unanswered by Wyoming pulled them even at 21 all. A service error by Plante gave the Bulldogs the one-point lead, 22-21, but two straight from the Cowgirls made it 23-22. Two kills by Franks gave Fresno State set point 24-23. Wyoming kept their composure and scored the final three points to win the set, 26-24.

It was all Cowgirls to begin the fourth set as they took the early 5-1 lead. The Bulldogs scored six of the next eight points to tie it up at seven all. The two teams traded points until Fresno State took an 11-9 lead. UW evened it up at 11 all, which was answered with a 6-1 run by FSU to give them a 17-12 advantage. They increased that margin to seven, 21-14. The Cowgirls stormed back and evened up the set at 22 all. An attack error by Plante put the Bulldogs back up 23-22 and they would eventually earn set point, 24-23. Shanahan would record two straight kills to give UW match point 26-25. Wild would tie it up on the next side out, but the Cowgirls scored the final two points to take the set, 28-26, and the match 3-1.

The Cowgirls will close out the week on Saturday, Nov. 23, against the San Jose State Spartans. The match is set to begin at 8:30 p.m. Mountain Time in San Jose.



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