Sep 9, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorCentral Wyoming College knocked off two ranked junior college volleyball teams Friday and Saturday in a tournament in Scottsdale, Ariz., on its way to a 6-0 record.
CWC volleyball coach Tiffany Stauffenberg said the Rustlers upset No. 11 Arizona Western and No. 23 Scottsdale Community College.
CWC also beat Phoenix College (No. 5) and Eastern Arizona (No. 8) in the last week poll. Both of the teams aren't ranked this week. The other wins were over Chandler/Gilbert Community College and Pima College.
"Phoenix College is a very talented team," Stauffenberg said. "We don't get a lot of credit in the polls, which is fine, but I think we definitely proved ourselves this weekend against some very talented teams. Your rank at the end of the season is what matters, so that is our focus."
With the perfect record in Arizona, the Rustlers made big-time progress in the tournament.
"We are getting more confident each match we play, and they are fighters," Stauffenberg said. "We had four sets in this tournament that went to 28 or 27 points' and we won all of them. If we give ourselves a chance to win, we win it. This group just doesn't give up."
The Rustlers won a 3-1 decision on Thursday night over Eastern Arizona.
"Leaving here 7-0 really says a lot at this tournament and makes me even more excited for the next match," Stauffenberg said. "There's a lot of talented teams here, and every match was a fight. This team played with a lot of heart this weekend. They do not like to lose, nor do they accept it very easily. That will pay off down the road. This was very successful and fun three days of play in Arizona."
Stauffenberg felt the team come together in Arizona.
"We are playing more as a team right now and that is what we need to be doing," Stauffenberg said. "I can't pinpoint one or two players to take the credit for the seven wins. It was truly a team effort. Everyone played down here, and everyone contributed."
CWC plays Eastern Wyoming in Torrington on Friday and Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne Saturday in a pair of Region IX matches.
The Rustlers are 1-0 on the season in Region IX play after beating Northwest College last Tuesday.
"This tournament helped us get ready for conference play," Stauffenberg said. "We played seven matches in three days. We are believing in one another now. We still have plenty of room to improve, but I sure like where we are right now."
CWC stats from
CWC def. Chandler/Gilbert -- Flavia Araujo, six kills, four aces, one block; Katelyn Tracy-Eaton, five kills, five digs; Abigail Ehlers, seven assists, one block; Samantha Unruh, four blocks, Jessica Foy, 11 digs.
CWC def. Phoenix College -- Katelyn Tracy-Eaton, five kills, three blocks, 10 digs; Flavia Araujo, 10 kills, one ace, 10 digs; Danielle Parker, 14 assists, three kills; Jessica Foy, 24 digs, Samantha Unruh, five blocks.
CWC def. Scottsdale Community College -- Flavia Arajuo, 11 kills, Katelyn Tracy-Eaton, eight kills, one ace, 14 digs; Danielle Parker, 21 assists, one ace, two kills; Jessica Foy, 14 digs, one ace; Ana Tenorio, 12 kills, one ace.
CWC def. Eastern Arizona -- Ana Tenorio, 10 kills, three blocks, Flavia Araujo, seven kills, two aces, eight digs; Marissa Cutts, five kills, one block; Jessica Foy, 16 digs, two aces; Samantha Unruh, four blocks; Danielle Parker, 23 assists, three blocks, five digs.
CWC def. Prima College -- Ana Tenorio, seven blocks, two kills, Katelyn Tracy-Eaton, four kills, two blocks, one ace; Jessica Foy, nine digs; Danielle Parker, seven assists, two kills, one block; Abigail Ehlers, two blocks, four assists.
CWC def. Arizona Western -- Danielle Parker, two kills, 21 assists, six digs; Ana Tenorio, nine kills, one block; Flavia Araujo, seven kills, three aces, five digs; Katelyn Tracy-Eaton, six kills, one block, six digs; Marissa Cutts, four kills, one block; Jessica Foy, nine digs, one ace; Samantha Unruh, three kills, two blocks.
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