Two up, two down for CWC Rustlers on Sheridan VB courts

Sep 3, 2013 By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

The Central Wyoming College Rustlers had an up-and-down weekend on the volleyball court at a Sheridan College tournament, posting a 2-2 record.

The Rustlers beat the University of Great Falls A team, made up of sophomores and juniors, 25-22, 19-25, 25-20, 25-18.

The other win was over University of Great Falls B team (freshman/sophomores) 25-14, 25-11, 25-16.

CWC lost to Colorado Northwestern Community College 25-23, 13-25, 25-23, 25-14, 15-12.

Rocky Mountain College swept CWC 25-20, 25-22, 25-20.

The Rustlers went 1-3 at the first tournament in Twin Falls, Idaho, a week earlier.

"We are still showing inconsistency," CWC coach Tiffany Stauffenberg said. "We play so well at times, but when we are out of sync, we are really out of sync. We are giving up too many points in certain rotations. We need to get that fixed."

Stauffenberg said Tavia Young is off to a good start for the Rustlers.

"I have some players that are playing at a consistent level," Stauffenberg said. "Tavia has been playing with more and more confidence and overcomes errors. She plays smart, and that is what we need right now."

Rocky Mountain plays at the NAIA level.

"Three out of the four teams we played were four-year schools. They have a lot of talent," Stauffenberg said. "The Rocky team we played is nationally ranked in NAIA and was only missing two players from their varsity squad."

The teams in Sheridan College ran a quick offense vs. the Rustlers.

"Our blocking needs a lot of work," Stauffenberg said. "It was good for our middles to see quick hitters all weekend."

CWC's Jess (Foy) Kohler has turned into a key defensive player.

"Jess does so much for us on defense and gets a hand on a lot of balls," Stauffenberg said. "Our setters now need to make a better decisions and get those balls to our hitters so we can get a swing on them. We are giving our opponents a lot of free balls right now."

Sheridan next

The Rustlers head back to play Sheridan College on Thursday night to begin Region IX North conference play.

"It's one of the best Sheridan College teams I have seen in the last five years," Stauffenberg said. "They are tall and block very well."

CWC, Western Wyoming Community College, Laramie County Community College, Eastern Wyoming College, Northwest College, Sheridan College and Casper College make up the league.

"Every year our region gets tougher and this year is no exception," Stauffenberg said.

CWC plays in another tournament Friday and Saturday in Sheridan.

CWC stats vs CNCC

Asya Oguz, 12 kills, three aces, nine digs; Kiara Skinner, 10 kills, two blocks; Samantha Unruh, six kills, four blocks, Jordan Leyba, 25 assists, two aces, 10 digs; Jess Kohler, 41 digs.

CWC vs. UGFA -- Tavia Young, four kills, 14 digs; Jess Kohler, 33 digs, five kills; Jordan Leyba, 21 assists, one ace, 10 digs; Kiara Skinner, 16 kills, two blocks; Sam Unruh, seven kills, six blocks; Maddie Kelley, 11 kills, four blocks.

CWC vs. RMC -- Aysa Oguz, 12 kills; Jess Kohler, 19 digs; Marissa Cutts, four kills, three blocks; Megan Cook, 15 assists; Jordan Leyba, 15 assists, two aces; Jess Kohler, 19 digs.

CWC vs. UGFB -- Marissa Cutts, seven kills, one block; Tavia Young, seven kills, one ace; Jordan Leyba, 18 assists, one ace; Jess Kohler, 16 digs, one ace.

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