Sep 28, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorThe Rustlers begin a key homestand Tuesday night vs. Western Wyoming Community College at Rustler Gym.
Casper College handed Central Wyoming College its first conference Region IX volleyball setback of the season Thursday night at Swede Erickson Gym in Casper.
The Lady Thunderbirds swept CWC 25-22, 27-25, 25-17.
CWC now is 4-1 in conference play.
The Rustlers are ranked No. 13 in the nation in the junior college volleyball poll.
"We had so many mental errors against Casper," CWC head coach Tiffany Stauffenberg said. "We had more serving errors (11 in two sets) than we have had all season. You can't give any team that many points, and definitely not Casper."
Casper College is receiving votes for the top 20 poll.
"Casper deserves a lot of credit," Stauffenberg said. "They played hard and played with a lot of heart. We did what we wanted to do, and that was control their outside hitters. They did not hurt us. We plain and simple beat ourselves."
The Rustlers opened the match on a good note, but couldn't keep things going.
"We actually had a decent start to the match, but when things were going our way, we would have a serving error or a call go against us that we all disagreed on and it took the wind right out of our sails," Stauffenberg said.
In the second set, CWC had a serving error, a net violation and a ball handling error to give Casper the two-point win.
"We are not normally like that," Stauffenberg said.
Stauffenberg was pleased with the way the CWC fans supported the Rustlers in Casper.
"Our crowd was as good as their crowd," Stauffenberg said. "We had a great support, so it was disappointing we didn't give them more to cheer about."
The Rustlers begin a key homestand Tuesday night vs. Western Wyoming Community College at Rustler Gym.
Match time is 7 p.m. The Lady Mustangs are ranked No. 15 in the country.
"The Western match is as big as any match we will play," Stauffenberg said. "We have a few days to prepare, and hopefully we can bounce back and learn from the loss last night. We can make something positive from this loss."
CWC plays Laramie County Community College on Friday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m. in Riverton
The Rustlers face Eastern Wyoming College in a 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct., 6, home match.
CWC has beat Eastern and LCCC this month on the road.
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