Aug 19, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorFor the first month of the volleyball season, the Central Wyoming College Rustlers will be on the road playing in five different tournaments to gear up for the Region IX conference.
The tournament stretch starts Friday and Saturday at Rock Springs. The tournament is hosted by Western Wyoming Community College.
"We are on the road a lot," CWC coach Tiffany Stauffenberg said. "We only have six home matches, and those are the six matches that we have to have. The Western tournament is going to be a pretty tough tournament."
The tournament could feature at least three nationally ranked junior college opponents for the Rustlers, the University of Southern Utah, Salt Lake Community College and College of Southern Idaho.
"There are just some really good teams," Stauffenberg aid. "It will give us some tough competition right out of the blocks and see where we stand. It will be a good opening tournament."
In the past, the tournament was at CSI.
"Their gym is not finished, so they and Western are going to alternate the tournament," Stauffenberg said.
The Rustlers started practice on Friday, Aug. 8.
"We are putting in as much time as we can right now in the gym," Stauffenberg said. "With this group coming back in shape, we don't have to get them that little burst. I think that we will be ready. They work hard. They are doing what I ask. I really believe that they will be ready to go on Friday."
Sheridan College hosts tournaments Aug. 29-30 and again Sept. 5-6.
"There will be different teams there each time," Stauffenberg said. "I like all these early tournaments. We get a lot of matches in a couple of days. Then we will be ready for conference play."
CWC also plays in an Arizona tournament on Sept. 11-13 and in the Wyo-Braska Shootout slated for Sept. 19-20.
The first home match, and the start of conference play is Thursday, Sept. 25, in a 7 p.m. game vs. Sheridan College at Rustler Gym.
The month ends for CWC on Sept. 27 vs. Northwest College at Rustler Gym.
Two former CWC players, Erin Thornley and Asya Oguz, assist Stauffenberg on the bench
Thornley graduated from Riverton High School, where she was a standout player. Oguz played for CWC last year. She is a student assistant.
"Erin will work with the middles and blocking," Stauffenberg said. "Asya is also working with hitters. Between those two, I have great help. That is another reason why our preseason is going by so smoothly."
CWC volleyball 2014
Aug. 22-23 at Western Wyoming tournament, TBA; Aug. 28 at MSU- Billings (scrimmage), TBA; Aug. 29-30 at Sheridan tournament, TBA; Sept 5-6 at Sheridan tournament, TbA; Sept. 11-13 at Arizona tournament, TbA; Sept. 19-20 at Wyo-Braska Shootout, TBA; Sept. 25 vs. Sheridan College 7 p.m.; Sept. 27 vs. Northwest College, 3 p.m..; Oct. 3 at Eastern Wyoming College, 7 p.m.; Oct. 4 at Laramie County Community College, 3 p.m. Oct. 7 at Casper College 7 p.m.;Oct. 11 vs. Western Wyoming Community College, 3 p.m.; Oct. 17 vs. Laramie County Community College,7 p.m.; Oct. 18 vs. Eastern Wyoming College, 3 p.m.; Oct. 21 at Western Wyoming Community College, 7 p.m.; Oct. 24 at Northwest Community College, 7 p.m.; Oct. 25 at Sheridan College, 3 p.m..; Oct. 28 vs. Casper College, 7 p.m.
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