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CWC climbs seven spots to 13th in junior college volleyball nationwide

Sep 26, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Central Wyoming College climbed seven spots this week into the No. 13 spot in the junior college volleyball poll, its highest ranking since the program was reinstated seven years ago.

The Rustlers are sporting a 15-4 overall record. CWC finished the 2011 season ranked No. 20. CWC was ranked No. 20 earlier in the week. The new rankings came out on Wednesday morning.

"The program is well-established now," CWC women's coach Tiffany Stauffenberg said. "We had successful seasons. Now we are getting the credit that CWC volleyball deserves."

Stauffenberg was surprised when she checked the volleyball poll and the Rustlers were in the No. 13 position.

"It's great for the kids," Stauffenberg said. "They are playing hard. They are getting better."

CWC's 3-1 performance at the Wyo-Braska volleyball tournament last Friday and Saturday was the reason for the jump.

"I was hoping to even be at No. 19," Stauffenberg said. "I just keep on telling the kids that we need to get better to move up in the rankings. I have never seen that big of a jump before."

At the tournament, Stauffenberg said the Rustlers knocked off three very good teams.

"All four of our matches, we couldn't relax against them," Stauffenberg said.

The only loss was to No. 2 Western Nebraska.

"The one that I would have liked to play better and closer was the Western Nebraska game," Stauffenberg said. "We had a good weekend."

Region IX opponent Western Wyoming is ranked No. 15 in the new polls. The Lady Mustangs have a 12-9 record.

"The group that I have this year works hard," Stauffenberg said. "There is a lot of talent there. I'm happy for them."

CWC president Jo Anne McFarland was in attendance Tuesday night in the three-game sweep for the Rustlers over Sheridan.

"We are so proud of our women's volleyball team," McFarland said Wednesday morning, "not only in terms of what they do on the court, but they are also good, solid students with strong academic records."

CWC will return home Tuesday, Oct. 2, in a match vs. Western Wyoming at Rustler Gym. The match starts at 7 p.m.

"It's important that we all come together as a community and support our team," McFarland said.

The top 20 junior college volleyball poll with records

1. San Jacinto College, Central, 20-1; 2. Western Nebraska Community College, 21-2; 3. College of Southern Idaho, 17-1; 4. North Idaho College, 14-1; 5. Iowa Western Community College, 20-2; 6. Salt Lake Community College, 16-4; 7. Tyler Junior College, 16-2; 8. College of Central Florida, 14-4; 9. Miami Dade College, 5-3; 10. State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota, 16-3; 11. Western Texas College, 18-2; 12. Arizona Western College, 12-3; 13. Central Wyoming College, 14-4; 14. Blinn College, 13-4; 15. Western Wyoming Community College, 12-9; 16. Paris Junior College, 16-5; 17. Florida State College at Jackonsville, 10-6; 18. Hillsbrough Community College, 9-5; 19. Pensacola State College, 11-1; 20. Snow College, 10-5.

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