Wyoming Volleyball Downs Nevada In Five Sets

Sept. 29, 2012

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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Led by a season-high 25 points and 22 kills by senior outside hitter Jodi Purdy, the University of Wyoming Cowgirl volleyball team defeated the Nevada Wolf Pack (4-12 overall, 1-2 Mountain West) in five sets, on Saturday in Laramie. The victory gave Wyoming its first MW win of the season improving its conference record to 1-2 and overall record to 12-6. The Cowgirls played their second-consecutive five-set match and their third of the season improving their record to 2-1.

"We stayed calm under pressure tonight and that is why we came out on top," Cowgirl head coach Carrie Yerty said. "I am not sure why this team is not more confident in itself, but as a coaching staff we need to keep these kids in believing how talented they really are. Overall I was pleased with how we played tonight we did a lot better getting the passes up for our setters than we did on Thursday. It was a great team victory tonight."

Purdy led all scorers in the game with 25 total points on 22 kills, two aces and two block assists. She also recorded her second-consecutive double-double and her seventh of the season adding 17 digs to her already excellent night. Junior Reese Plante was also in double-figure points with 17 on a season-high 15 kills, one solo block and two assisted blocks. Fellow junior Callie Miller added 13.5 points on 11 kills and five block assists. Sophomore Erin Kirby was also in double-figures with 12.5 points on nine kills and a team-high seven block assists. Junior setter Rachel Keyes recorded her second double-double of the season with 29 assists and a season-high 12 digs. Junior libero Becky Stewart led the Cowgirl defense with 23 digs.

The Wolf Pack had three players in double-figures led by Tessa Lea'ea who had 22 points on 18 kills and seven total blocks. Janelle Batista added 20 points on 14 kills and a match-high nine blocks. Grace Anxo had a double-double adding 11.5 points on 10 kills and three block assists with 12 digs.

The first set began with Nevada on a 5-1 run. The Cowgirls went on a run of their own scoring four-consecutive points on Miller and Plante kills and a Stewart service ace. With the score tied at five the teams battled trading points to a 15-14 Nevada lead. Wyoming scored eight of the next 15 points to tie the score at 22. The set played very close for the next five points requiring extra points and tied at 27. The next four points went back-and-forth tying at 29 before a Nevada kill and block gave it a two point advantage at 31-29.

The second set was played very close through the first 10 points tying at five each. Three consecutive Cowgirl attack errors gave the Wolf Pack a 8-5 advantage. Following a UW timeout, the Cowgirls reeled off six of the next ten points led by Plante, Purdy and Kirby kills. With the score 12-11 in favor of the Wolf Pack, they scored four of the next five points to take a 16-12 lead. Wyoming battled back going on a 6-2 run to tie the score at 18. From that point the Cowgirls took a 19-18 lead on a Kirby kill. The teams traded points to a 23-22 Cowgirl advantage. Senior Camille Coffman took the set over scoring the last two points for UW with a kill and service ace. The final set score went 25-22 for the Cowgirls and tied the match at one set apiece.

Like the first two sets the third was played very close with the teams tying at five over the first 10 points. The Cowgirls went on a 6-2 run to take an 11-7 advantage. They continued to pull away adding to their lead at 15-11 before the Wolf Pak made a run of their own tying the set at 18 apiece. With the score tied at 18 the Cowgirls scored seven of the next 10 points led by Coffman, Miller and Plante kills to close the set 25-21 and take a 2-1 match lead.

Looking to close the match, the Cowgirls opened up a 7-2 advantage in the fourth set. They kept rolling taking an 13-8 lead led by Plante, and Purdy kills. The Cowgirls kept advancing its lead to 16-11 before the Wolf Pack made a run tying the score at 20. The Wolf Pack scored five of the next eight points to win the set and tie the match at two games apiece.

In the match-deciding fifth set the Cowgirls jumped out to a 7-4 advantage led by kills from Coffman, Kirby and Plante. Wyoming kept the pressure on Nevada taking a 10-6 lead. A Miller kill and service ace set the Cowgirls off on a 5-2 run to win the set 15-8 and the match three games to two.

Wyoming volleyball will have a quick turnaround with its next match on Monday, Oct. 1 against nonconference foe Colorado State-Pueblo. The match will begin at 7 p.m. MT in the UniWyo Sports Complex.