Lady Rustlers open preseason with win

Aug 25, 2017 By Scott Akanewich, Sports Editor

Central Wyoming College's volleyball squad did something on Saturday it failed to do for much of last season -- win a match.

But, the Lady Rustlers did exactly that in Cheyenne during a three-set victory against Western Wyoming Community College on the Laramie County Community College campus.

Kayla Coles and Rylee Burmester contributed 12 and 11 kills to the cause, respectively, as Central head coach Darshaya Gallard posted her first win as the new Black-and-Orange bench boss.

The front-row duo had plenty of support, as freshman setter Naz Sahin provided 36 assists, while sophomore Brooklenn Thompson recorded 18 digs on the day.

Despite falling behind 12-4 in the first set of the match against the Mustangs, Central showed resolve in recovering for a straight-sets victory.

On Friday, Central faced four different opponents in a scrimmage format, which saw the Rustlers play two-set matches, splitting the spoils in each of them.

First up for the Lady Rustlers was Northeastern Junior College, during which they lost the opening set, 25-21, then rebounded for a 25-22 second-set success.

Western Wyoming was the second opponent, with Central dropping the first set, 25-22, then coming back and winning the second by a score of 27-25.

Laramie County Community College was next, and CWC was victorious in the opening set, 26-24, then lost the second, 25-21.

Finally, Central faced Eastern Wyoming College and lost the opening set 25-18 before reversing for a 25-20 win in the second.

According to Gallard, the weekend was a success.

"We had a great weekend," said Gallard. "The team worked through some kinks on the court during our first game Friday against Northeastern. All of our players were able to play against Eastern, and we had a challenging start, but the girls decided they wanted to be a team that finished strong."

Gallard was pleased with the weekend's overall results.

"We're aware we have a big season in front of us," said Gallard. "But, this is a great start for us and the players' confidence. They did well and stuck together through some challenges and came out on top. I'm very proud of them, but we have a lot of work to do."

Central opens the regular season at a tournament hosted by Sheridan College on Sept. 1-2, during which the teams faces Miles Community College, Dawson Community College and Sheridan across the two-day event, marking the first of 11 matches at three different tournaments before finally returning home to host Northwest College on Sept. 22.