Albuquerque, N.M. (Sept. 22, 2012) -- The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Team (11-4 overall, 0-1 in the MW) opened up the 2012 Mountain West season with a four set loss (25-23, 17-25, 18-25, 19-25) against the New Mexico Lobos (13-2 overall, 2-0 in the MW), on Saturday night, in Albuquerque.
"We had too many unforced errors in the match," said head coach Carrie Yerty. "It's a disappointing loss for us. New Mexico had solid ball control and less errors. We will get back in the gym and prepare for San Diego State and Nevada."
Courtesy: UW Athletics
Wyoming was led by senior Jodi Purdy with a team high 16 kills, while adding ten digs and four blocks. She was followed by Camille Coffman with nine kills and Erin Kirby with seven kills and a team high seven blocks. Libero Becky Stewart recorded 21 digs. As a team, the Cowgirls hit .187 (48-20-150) for the match and out blocked the Lobos 14.5 to 7.0.
New Mexico was led by Chantale Riddle with a match high 18 kills plus nine digs and three total blocks. Lexi Ross hit .476 (13-3-21) and Lena Skipper added ten kills. The Lobos hit .208 (57-24-159) for the match.
New Mexico scored three of the first four points to take the early 4-1 lead in the first set. The Cowgirls closed the gap to one, 4-3, but five unanswered by the Lobos gave them a 9-3 advantage. Wyoming chipped away by going on a 7-2 run to pull to within one, 11-10. A kill from Ashley Newman and a service ace by Jordan Russell put UNM up three, 13-10. Wyoming fought back and scored three of four points to even it up at 14 all. The two teams traded scores over the next several points as it remained even 17-17. A small run the Lobos gave them a 21-19 advantage which again the Cowgirls responded with two straight points behind a service error by the Lobos and a block assist from Erin Kirby and Jodi Purdy. Out of a New Mexico timeout, they scored the next point off a Skye Gullatt. The Cowgirls stormed back started by two Jodi Purdy kills to regain a 23-22 lead, which was followed by a Reese Plante kill to give them set point, 24-22. New Mexico held off one, but the Cowgirls closed it out to take set one, 25-23.
Wyoming carried the momentum over to the second set as they opened up a 5-2 advantage. The Lobos answered with an 8-1 run to give them a four point lead, 10-6. A Bridget Shanahan block solo would stop the run but New Mexico scored five of seven to make the score, 15-9. Unfortunately, the Cowgirls couldn't stage a comeback as the Lobos won the set 25-17 to even it up at one set a piece.
The Cowgirls scored the first point of the set and then New Mexico scored the next six of seven to go ahead by four, 6-2. A kill from Jodi Purdy ended the run and they would close the gap to three 9-6. The Lobos answered to a 6-3 run to give them a set point lead, 15-9. After a UW timeout, a kill by Purdy stopped the run, which was answered with three points by New Mexico putting them up eight, 18-10. The Cowgirls battled back running off 8 of 11 points to pull to within three, 21-18. Behind two kills from Chantale Riddle, the Lobos scored the final four points to win the set, 25-18, to take a 2-1 lead in the match.
It was even at five all through the first ten points of the fourth set until four straight by New Mexico put them ahead 9-5. A service error from the Lobos ended the run but New Mexico scored four of the next six to put the lead back to five, 13-9. Wyoming tried to chip away at the lead with good blocking and offense closing the gap to one, 15-14. After two points from UNM made the score 17-14, the Cowgirls scored three straight to even it up at 17 all. Unfortunately, the Lobos scored the last eight of ten points in the set to win it 25-19 and the match 3-1.
The Cowgirls will return home after a three-week road swing to host their first conference matches. They will face San Diego State, on Thursday, Sept. 27, then league newcomer Nevada, on Saturday, Sept. 29. Both matches are set for 7:00 p.m.