Oct 9, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorGame time is 7 p.m. Wednesday in Riverton.
Central Wyoming College's volleyball players won't mind wearing pink jerseys instead of orange and black Wednesday against Northwest College from Powell.
Game time for the Region IX match is 7 p.m. at Rustler Gym. CWC starts the week ranked No. 13 nationally in the junior college poll.
"We will have our pink jerseys on to represent Cancer Awareness for the month of October," CWC head coach Tiffany Stauffenberg said.
The Rustlers will be donating their money to the Tough Enough Cancer Fund.
"It's a great program that has helped many families in our community, including mine," Stauffenberg said. "I have learned more about this program after both my father and mother-in-law were diagnosed with cancer a year ago."
CWC will be selling pink T-shirts for $20 and pink volleyballs for $5 at the door.
"We are fortunate to have a program like this in our community," Stauffenberg said. "I'm glad that we are able to help to raise money for them. I know the money will stay right here in the community and help others that are fighting cancer."
It took the Rustlers five sets in the last meeting in Powell before the Rustlers pulled out a victory.
"Northwest is very talented," Stauffenberg said. "They are coming in after a five-set victory over Casper College."
Stauffenberg thinks the match on Wednesday will be a marathon match.
"I expect another long evening here on Wednesday," Stauffenberg said. "They (Northwest) are big and strong at the net. Our blocking will once again be a key."
Northwest College is first in the Region IX with a 6-1 mark. CWC and Western Wyoming are tied for second at 6-2.
Western Wyoming is ranked No. 14 in the country. Northwest College is receiving votes for the top 20 poll.
The two setbacks for CWC were against Casper College and Western Wyoming.
The Lady Mustangs have lost to Northwest College and Laramie County Community College. Casper's Lady Thunderbirds are 4-3.
LCCC is 3-5. Eastern Wyoming College sits at 1-7. Sheridan College is winless with an 0-6 mark.
"You can see by the records that no one is dominating the sub-region," Stauffenberg said. "It will be a tough tournament in the end, with several teams in the running. You can't overlook anyone in our region, regardless of their record."
The Rustlers face Sheridan College on the road on Thursday night.
"It's like a weekend for us so back-to-back matches are what we are used to," Stauffenberg said. "We are lucky to have one at home, and one on the road. "
The top 20 junior college volleyball poll
1. San Jacinto College-Central, 22-1; 2. Western Nebraska, 25-2; 3. College of Southern Idaho, 18-1; 4. Iowa Western Community College, 20-2 4. Iowa Western Community College, 20-2; 5. Salt Lake Community College, 18-4; 6. North Idaho College, 14-2; 7. Tyler Junior College, 17-2; 8. College of Central Florida, 18-4; 9. Arizona Western College, 12-3; 10. State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota,, 17-4; 11. Miami Dade College, 8-4; 12. Blinn College, 15-4; 13. Central Wyoming College, 15-5; 14. Western Wyoming Community College, 13-9; 15. Missouri State University-West Plains, 13-5; 16. Hillborough Community College, 10-6; 17. Paris Junior College, 18-6; 18. Florida State College at Jacksonville, 11-6; 19. Pensacola State College, 13-1; 20. Snow College, 12-5.
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