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Rustlers win first match in Arizona

Sep 7, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

A trip to Scottsdale, Ariz., didn't stop Central Wyoming College volleyball from reaching into the victory column Thursday against Central Arizona.

The Rustlers won a 25-21, 25-20, 18-25, 25-21 decision over their non-conference opponent. CWC left the Riverton campus Wednesday for the plane trip to Arizona.

"We had plenty of time to rest after the flight," CWC coach Tiffany Stauffenberg said. "We started off strong right away in the first set."

The Rustlers were coming off a five-set victory against Northwest College on Tuesday in Powell.

"Our passing is getting better match by match," Stauffenberg said. "We have strong hitters. I'm able to see what they are capable of doing when we get the ball to the setter." Stauffenberg enjoyed the test put up by Central Arizona. "Central Arizona was a very athletic and scrappy team," Stauffenberg said. "We had to work for every point. Every match we play here will be similar. There's really not a team you can relax against." CWC plays three matches Friday and three more Saturday in a tournament in Scottsdale, Ariz. The Rustlers play two ranked teams: Eastern Arizona and Phoenix College.

Stauffenberg said Katelyn Tracy-Eaton rebounded from her performance against Northwest and was a contributor in the victory over Central Arizona.

Tracy-Eaton finished with 12 kills in Thursday's win. "Katelyn played well," Stauffenberg said. "She felt offensively she didn't perform in Powell but last night she did." Tracy-Eaton had 15 digs and an ace. Flavia Araujo ended the match with 12 kills. Danielle Parker passed out 28 assists, two aces and three blocks.

Ana Tenorio knocked in nine kills and five blocks. Marissa Cutts registered six kills and two blocks. Jessica Foy had 12 digs.

and one ace. Samantha Unruh finished with two kills and two blocks.

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