Rustlers look good in two sub-region winsOct 7, 2012 By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor
Central Wyoming College, ranked No. 13 nationally in the junior college volleyball poll, snapped a two-match losing streak in sweeping a pair of Region IX opponents Friday and Saturday at Rustler Gym.
The Rustlers started the weekend Friday night in a 25-22, 27-25, 25-23, victory over Laramie Community College.
CWC completed the perfect weekend sending Eastern Wyoming Community College home with a 25-14, 25-18, 25-21 loss on Saturday afternoon.
The Rustlers had lost to Casper College and Western Wyoming Community College before getting back on the winning track.
"Any sub-region win is important," CWC head coach Tiffany Stauffenberg said. "We had great crowds both nights.
The turning point on the weekend was against LCCC, when the Rustlers were behind 21-13 in the second set and stormed back to win by two points.
"On Friday night, we played pretty hard," Stauffenberg said. "We played with a lot of heart. When we were down in the second set, they didn't give up."
All of the CWC players played against Eastern.
"We were really inconsistent against Eastern," Stauffenberg said. "The level of play shouldn't change so much when we are subbing."
The Rustlers now sit at 17-5 overall and 6-2 in the Region IX conference.
Stauffenberg said the junior college volleyball poll is compiled by a committee with members from each region. There are 18 regions for volleyball.
"They have a conference cal,l and they discuss each region," Stauffenberg said.
"They do the voting from that." The volleyball rankings are released each Wednesday morning.
"They are giving us credit," Stauffenberg said. "We have a talented team. We have had a very successful season. Once you get up there, it's hard to drop out of the polls or it's hard to do much moving. I was very pleased to see that we stayed at No. 13."
Western Wyoming is ranked No. 14. Casper College and Northwest College are receiving votes.
San Jacinto College-Central is ranked No. 1 (22-1) and Western Nebraska Community College sits at No. 2 (25-2).
Danielle Parker started at setter Wednesday vs. Western Wyoming, but Stauffenberg changed her lineup around after the Rustlers were behind 2-0 against the Lady Mustangs and brought Abigail Ehlers into the match. Ehlers sparked the team before CWC lost in five sets.
"Abigail played very well in the Western game," Stauffenberg said. "She is doing a lot of the things that I want her to do. If I could mix those two together, then I would have a perfect setter. They both do some good things."
Ehlers played most of the time against LCCC and Eastern.
Foy stands out
CWC libero Jess Foy was all over the court in the back row vs. the Lancers on Saturday afternoon. Foy was a Class 4-A all-state volleyball player from Gillette last year.
"Jess probably had an error-free match," Stauffenberg said. "She was never aced on the serve receive. She played with confidence.
She had a smile on her face. She was a little bit more relaxed."
Stauffenberg liked the way Dallas Horn played off the bench.
"Dallas did some good things against Eastern," Stauffenberg said.
Foy recorded 24 digs vs. Eastern and finished with 14 digs against LCCC.
The Rustlers will be wearing pink uniforms to raise money for cancer treatment on Tuesday night vs. Northwest College.
Start time is 7 p.m. The Rustlers outlasted Northwest in five sets in the first meeting of the season.
"We played a tough match up at Northwest," Stauffenberg said. "Northwest has had a lot of success since we have played at their place." CWC will be selling pink T-shirts at the door and pink volleyballs to raise money for the Tough Enough Cancer Fund.
The T-shirts are $20 and the volleyballs are $5.
"We are encouraging all of our fans to wear pink," Stauffenberg said.
Stats from Central Wyoming College home volleyball matches
CWC 3, LCCC 0 -- Danielle Parker, one kill, four digs, six assists; Abigail Ehlers, two kills, one block, three digs, 29 assists; Sam Unruh, five kills, five blocks, one dig; Ana Tenorio, 11 kills, four blocks; Flavia Araujo, 14 kills, two aces, six digs; Kaitlyn Tracy Eaton, nine kills, one ace, four blocks, 13 digs; Marissa Cutts, four kills, four blocks; two digs; Jess Foy, one ace, 14 digs; Asya Oguz, one ace, two digs; Kali Howe, two digs.
CWC 3, Eastern 0 - Danielle Parker, two kills, one ace, 17 assists; Abigail Ehlers, one ace, 20 assists, four digs; Sam Unruh, one kill, two blocks; Ana Tenorio, 13 kills, one ace, four blocks; Flavia Araujo, 14 kills, two aces, eight digs; Kaitlyn Eaton, three kills, two aces, six digs; Marissa Cutts, five kills; Jess Foy, 24 digs; Asya Oguz, two aces; one block, six digs; Kali Howe, one dig; Dallas Horn, three kills, one block, one dig; Kelsi Davidson, one dig.