Two victories keep Rustlers perfect in Region IXSep 18, 2012 By Bruce Tippets Sports Editor
Central Wyoming College won a pair of road Region IX volleyball matches Friday and Saturday to remain perfect in the league standings.
The Rustlers defeated Eastern Wyoming College 25-21, 25-23, 25-20 to begin the weekend in Torrington. CWC followed up its performance beating Laramie County Community College 23-25, 25-12, 25-22, 25-18 in Cheyenne.
CWC is 3-0 in Region IX.
"We were a little sluggish for two full sets in Torrington," CWC head coach Tiffany Stauffenberg said. "It could have been from a long bus ride, but we need to be ready to play every match. We were fortunate to not play as well as we have been and still get a win against Eastern."
The match vs. Eastern was the home opener in Torrington.
"That trip is the longest one for conference play, and to come home with two wins makes for a great weekend," Stauffenberg said.
"Both Eastern and LCCC have potential if they get things together," Stauffenberg said. "They had a lot of unforced errors. They are teams that can scare you at the tournament."
The Rustlers still haven't played a home match in the first three weeks of the regular season. CWC will stay on the road for the Wyo-Braska tournament this Friday and Saturday in Torrington.
"Some talented teams will be at the Wyo-Braska tournament," Stauffenberg said. 'It's another tournament that we can learn from."
The Rustlers will face Northeastern Junior College, Western Nebraska and Seward County Community College.
"We continue to get better on the road," Stauffenberg said. "It's tougher to play away from your court, but we are winning some tough matches. We will be ready to play here (CWC) on Sept. 25."
The first home match for the Rustlers is Tuesday, Sept. 25, vs. Sheridan College.
Match time is 7 p.m. at Rustler Gym.
"We are getting consistent play from more of the team now," Stauffenberg said.
"This is what we need to be competitive at the end."
Stauffenberg said her outside hitter Flavia Araujo and her libero Jess Foy put in a couple of solid matches on the road.
Araujo had 30 kills and 20 digs on the weekend.
Araujo came to the Riverton campus from Brazil.
"Flavia continues to get better and is contributing so much to the team," Stauffenberg said.
Foy recorded 33 digs in the two matches.
"Jess is fun to watch and plays so hard," Stauffenberg said. "She reads the ball so well and reacts so quick to it."
CWC stats from Eastern/Laramie
CWC 3, Eastern 0 -- Danielle Parker, 25 assists, seven digs, one ace; Samantha Unruh, two kills and five blocks; Ana Tenorio 13 kills, one block and one ace; Flavia Araujo, 17 kills, one ace 11 digs; Katelyn Tracy-Eaton, six kills, 11 digs, one ace; Marissa Cutts, five kills, two blocks; Jess Foy, 17 digs, one ace.
CWC 3, LCCC 1 -- Danielle Parker, 15 assists, two blocks; Abigail Ehlers 14 assists, three blocks; Samantha Unruh, three kills, four blocks; Ana Tenorio, eight kills, 11 blocks; Flavia Araujo, 13 kills, six blocks, one ace; Marissa Cutts, 10 kills, six blocks; Jess Foy, 16 digs, two aces.