Oct 3, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorWestern Wyoming Community College outlasted Central Wyoming College in a five-set marathon Tuesday night in a battle of two nationally ranked junior college volleyball programs.
The Mustangs won the Region IX match 25-17, 25-23, 28-30, 17-25, 15-6 at Rustler Gym. CWC is ranked No. 13 in the nation. Western is No. 14.
CWC is now 15-6 overall and 4-2 in Region IX play. The Rustlers lost last Thursday to Casper College.
"The girls played with a lot of heart against Western," CWC head coach Tiffany Stauffenberg said. "It's sad to take all that emotion in the third and fourth sets and end on such a bad note and not win the match."
Western moved to 14-9 overall. The Mustangs are the defending Region IX champions.
"Western is a good team. We are right there with them," Stauffenberg said. "We just need to figure some things out."
Western 3, CWC 2
The Mustangs were in charge in the first set and cruised to the eight-point win over the Rustlers.
In the second set, CWC started to block Western's bullets in the front row.
A block by Samantha Unruh tied the score at 20-20. CWC took a 21-20 lead on a Flavia Araujo block.
Western and the Rustlers were deadlocked at 22-22. The Mustangs scored the last three points to pull out the win.
"We started blocking about the 15th point in the second set," Stauffenberg said. "We continued in the third and fourth sets."
CWC fell behind early in the third set at 12-4 before the comeback started for the home squad.
The Rustlers knotted the score 16-16 on an ace from Asya Oguz.
Western was up 24-23, but Unruh kept the match going with a kill at 24-24.
The two teams were tied at 26-26 and 28-28 before Araujo forced the fourth set with a kill at 30-28.
CWC did everything right in the fourth set.
The Rustlers jumped ahead early and built a 19-14 lead. CWC didn't slow down and put it to Western to collect the win.
"We played well in the fourth set," Stauffenberg said. "Every part of the game was there. We passed well.
We hit well. We blocked well. We served well. Western had a lot of unforced errors in that set."
In the fifth set, the Mustangs raced out to a 5-2 lead. CWC had the score down to 7-4 on a Araujo kill, but the Rustlers couldn't get any closer.
"We had a serving error, we had a ball handling error in the fifth set," Stauffenberg said.
"We had more mental errors in the fifth set."
Araujo had a team-high 21 kills. Tenorio finished with 12 kills.
Abigail Ehlers added 34 assists after she came off the bench early in the match in the setter position.
CWC plays conference matches Friday and Saturday at Rustler Gym.
The Rustlers will play Laramie County Community College Friday at 7 p.m.
CWC plays Eastern Wyoming Saturday at 3 p.m.
"We have a couple of days to get some good practices in," Stauffenberg said. "We can't overlook Eastern or Laramie County Community College.
CWC stats vs. Western Wyoming
Western Wyoming 3, CWC 2
Abigail Ehlers, one block, five digs, 34 assists; Danielle Parker, one dig, 11 assists, five kills; Samantha Unruh, seven kills, six blocks; Ana Tenorio, 12 kills, five blocks, two digs; Kaitlyn Eaton, six kills, four aces, four blocks; Flavia Araujo, 21 kills, two blocks, eight digs; Marissa Cutts, five kills, five blocks, one dig; Jess Foy, 18 digs; Asya Oguz, one kill, one ace and eight digs; Kali Howe, one kill, two digs; Dallas Horn, one kill, one block and two digs.
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