Sep 26, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorSam Unruh was nervous Tuesday night when she walked on to the volleyball court and looked in the stands to see a large crowd cheering her Central Wyoming College teammates in their home opener.
Despite the first-set jitters, the Rustlers used a balanced offensive attack to sweep the Lady Generals 25-18, 25-13, 25-23 in a Region IX conference match at Rustler Gym.
"It was so great to be at home finally, because he have been on the road for the past month," Unruh said.
"It was good to have our fans come out and support us and be there for us."
CWC's Ana Tenorio had a game-high 14 kills and seven blocks. Flavia Araujo put down 13 kills, and Kaitlyn Eaton had nine kills. Unruh was credited with six kills and five blocks.
CWC played its first 18 matches on the road. The Rustlers are 15-4 on the season.
CWC is undefeated in league play at 4-0 and now is ranked 13th in the nation (see related story).
"Any conference match is going to be a good win," CWC head coach Tiffany Stauffenberg said. "We had a lot of good things happen. I was very pleased with our effort."
CWC 3, Sheridan 0
The Rustlers were up 8-3 in the first set before Sheridan College rallied to deadlock the score at 8-8.
"We had a great start but, after point 8 eight we started to have jitters," Stauffenberg said. "We had a lot of unforced errors, and that is not like us. We pulled it together and had good finishes." The teams were tied at 17-17, but CWC scored two straight and went up 19-17 on a Danielle Parker kill.bMarissa Cutts and Unruh added back-to-back blocks for a 22-18 lead. Araujo had two aces down the stretch for the seven-point win.In the second set, Tenorio took control early in the middle for a 14-6 advantage. Araujo slammed several kills at the end. "We have strong people in every position," Unruh said. "We are really strong blocking. We have an aggressive offense, but our defense is there for us all the time."
In the third set, Stauffenberg switched things around on the court. Abigail Ehlers came in to set the ball for CWC.Dallas Horn and Asya Oguz played on the outside side and Kali Howe in the back.
"I wanted to get other girls in there," Stauffenberg said. "I didn't want anything to change. For the most part, they did a pretty good job."
CWC was ahead 19-16 in the third set to make Sheridan College use a timeout. Horn knocked in a kill for a 23-19 lead. Sheridan College came back to make it a 24-23 contest before Araujo hit a thundering kill for the two-point win.
The Rustlers will concentrate on an early season Region IX showdown vs. Casper College Thursday night at Thunderbird Gym n Casper. The match is slated for 7 p.m.
"We need to have a good practice on Wednesday and go down there and take care of business," Stauffenberg said. "We know how Casper plays. We watched them in a couple of tournaments. We need our A game."bCasper College is receiving votes for the top 20 junior college volleyball poll.
"Casper has two really good outside hitters," Stauffenberg said. "That is where their power is. If we can get control of them and get some early blocks, it will help us. We have to make sure that our passing game is there."
CWC stats from win over Sheridan
CWC 3, Sheridan 0
Abigail Ehlers, two digs and eight assists; Danielle Parker, one ace, one block, five digs and 17 assists; Marissa Cutts, one kill, three blocks; Sam Unruh six kills, five blocks; Ana Tenorio, 14 kills, seven blocks, one dig; Flavia Araujo, 13 kills, three aces, two blocks, six digs; Kaitlyn Eaton, nine kills, one ace, three blocks, 12 digs; Asya Oguz, one kill, one ace, one block, six digs; Jess Foy, two aces, eight digs; Kali Howe, two digs, one ace; Dallas Horn, two kills.
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