Oct 17, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorWestern Wyoming Community College moved into a tie for second place with Central Wyoming College in the Region IX volleyball standings after sweeping the No. 12 ranked Rustlers Tuesday night in Rock Springs.
The Lady Mustangs defeated CWC 25-15, 26-24, 25-19 to win the match and sweep the season series 2-0. Western outlasted the Rustlers in five sets in a match played Oct. 2 at Rustler Gym.
CWC and Western now both have identical 8-3 marks in league play. Western Wyoming sits at No. 17 in the national rankings. Northwest College is first in league play at 7-2.
The two losses for the Lady Trappers were to CWC.
Casper College is fourth at 5-4. Laramie County Community College has a 3-5 mark. Eastern Wyoming College stands 2-7. Sheridan College is winless at 0-9.
Western 3, CWC 0
"It was disappointing," CWC women's head coach Tiffany Stauffenberg said. "I have seen these ladies play some great volleyball, and then I've seen them where they can't do anything to get going. Tuesday, it was a can't-do-anything kind of night. We struggled passing for sure, which then limits a lot of other things. We just never got going and stayed going. We had moments of good but never great."
In the second set, Western was ahead 24-22. CWC came back to tie it at 24-24.
The Lady Mustangs scored the last two points for the win. 'We got the ball where it needed to go, but Western came up with some key blocks at the right time," Stauffenberg said.
In the third set, Western had four aces to complete the sweep.
"They were the better team," Stauffenberg said.
CWC's middle hitter Ana Tenorio and outside hitter Flavia Araujo had 11 kills apiece.
Jess Foy finished with 14 digs. Abigail Ehlers passed out 21 assists. CWC ends the regular season at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, vs. Casper College at Rustler Gym.
"Time off right now certainly isn't going to hurt us," Stauffenberg said. "Once again, if you can learn something from this loss it may pay off at the end."
The Casper Lady Thunderbirds are 1-0 vs. the Rustlers in conference play.
"The girls are hungry for this match," Stauffenberg said. "We didn't show up at Casper. We know we are better than we showed.
They want this game. We need to go into our regional tournament coming off a positive experience."
CWC stats from Western Wyoming
Western Wyoming 3, CWC 0
Ana Tenorio, 11 kills, one ace, four blocks; Flavia Araujo, 11 kills, one ace; Sam Unruh, four kills, three blocks; Marissa Cutts, three kills, two blocks; Jess Foy, 14 digs; Abigail Ehlers, 21 assists.
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