Rustlers get comeback victory over NorthwestSep 6, 2012 By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor
Central Wyoming College volleyball coach Tiffany Stauffenberg felt the match vs. Northwest College on Tuesday night was slipping away when the Rustlers were down 22-16 in the fourth set and behind 2-1 in the match score.
Stauffenberg used her final timeout of the match to fire her team and the players responded winning the set 27-25 and the fifth one 15-7 to claim the Region IX opener in Powell.
CWC won the first set 25-22, but lost to the next two 25-16, 26-24.
"I just told them that I wanted the same team in the first set that fought so hard and played with so much heart," said Stauffenberg about what was said in the timeout. "It was just like it was a switch that went off. They turned into a different team. We didn't let balls drop. We were blocking well. Everything just came together. We fought back one point at a time."
In the fifth set, the Rustlers had an 8-5 advantage at the midway point.
"I would say that we were in control of the entire fifth set," Stauffenberg said. "We blocked extremely well. Every time they had an attack on the ball we blocked it."
CWC outscored Northwest 7-2 the rest of the way.
"We probably scored four of our 15 points on stuff blocks," Stauffenberg said.
The match was played before a vocal crowd.
"I knew going in that we would see a very talented Northwest team," Stauffenberg said. "I knew we would have to be pretty consistent and our passing would have to be there in order to come out with a win. The crowd got into our heads a little bit. It made it a very tough place to play."
Flavia Araujo led CWC with 21 kills and four blocks.
"Flavia is a gamer," Stauffenberg said. "The crowd was yelling stuff at her. I knew she didn't understand anything."
The outside hitter came to the Riverton campus from Brazil a couple of weeks ago.
"Flavia scored a lot of points for us," Stauffenberg said. "They had a tough time scoring points on returning her serve."
Ana Tenorio put down 12 kills and seven blocks.
Danielle Parker and Abigail Ehlers saw time setting the ball.
In the first three sets, CWC ran a 6-2 offense. The final two Stauffenberg went with a 5-1 formation.
"That just seemed to work a little bit better for us," Stauffenberg said.
Parker recorded 23 assists, seven digs, two kills and one ace.
Marissa Cutts contributed five kills and three blocks. Samantha Unruh ended the night on three kills and three blocks.
Jessica Foy (11 digs) and Dallas Horn (five kills) had roles in the victory.
CWC left for Scottsdale, Ariz., on Wednesday afternoon to play seven matches in three days.
The Rustlers face Central Arizona College on Thursday night.
CWC plays three matches on Friday and three more on Saturday.
In the tournament, the Rustlers play two ranked teams in Eastern Arizona and Phoenix College.
"We are going to see a lot of tough teams again," Stauffenberg said.
CWC went 1-3 last weekend in a tournament in Salt Lake City.