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Rustlers keep top spot in Region IX

Oct 12, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

CWC will take the weekend off from competition. Rustlers play Tuesday at Western Wyoming.

Central Wyoming College remained in the top spot in the Region IX standings after sweeping Sheridan College on the road Thursday.

The Rustlers made the trip back to the Riverton campus with a 25-23, 25-12, 25-18 victory. CWC is ranked nationally at No. 13 in the junior college volleyball poll.

CWC was coming off a five-set victory over Northwest College on Wednesday night.

"It definitely wasn't the same type of play as the night before, but we will take the win," CWC women's coach Tiffany Stauffenberg said. "It was a different match as a whole. I can't put a finger on it."

Stauffenberg said there wasn't a net, ball or team from Sheridan to be found about an hour before the match was set to start.

"If it wasn't for the ticket takers already setting up, I would have questioned if there was a match," Stauffenberg said.

The Rustlers didn't have any problems winning the second and third set after a close first set win.

"Nothing was consistent, but the fact that we came out with a win, I'm going to take it," Stauffenberg said. "Everyone played a lot, so that was another positive. Most of my starters only played one and a half sets."

CWC is 8-2 in the Region IX. Northwest College and Western Wyoming Community College are tied for second with 6-2 marks.

The Rustlers play at Western Wyoming on Tuesday night in an important league match.

"After losing to Western (at CWC), we put a little more pressure on ourselves to win at their place," Stauffenberg said.

"If we were to tie with them, we need to have a split with them and not the sweep."

Casper College is fourth at 5-4. Laramie County Community College has a 3-5 record. Eastern Wyoming College is 2-7. Sheridan College is winless at 0-8.

CWC will take the weekend off to rest up for the match against the Lady Mustangs.

"We have some players fighting sickness, so rest is important right now," Stauffenberg said.

"We need to have everyone 100 percent by Tuesday.

There isn't anything we are changing in practice for the match. We just need to play our game, period."

CWC stats from win over Sheridan College

CWC 3, Sheridan College 0 -- Sam Unruh, six kills, five blocks; Ana Tenorio, nine kills, six blocks; Flavia Araujo, seven kills, one ace; Marissa Cuts, seven kills, two blocks; Kali Howe, four digs, one ace; Jess Foy, 19 digs; Dallas Horn, three kills, two blocks; Abigail Ehlers, 18 assists, two blocks; Danielle Parker, 12 assists, three blocks.

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