Sep 11, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorNorthwest College snapped a three-game winning streak by the Central Wyoming College Rustlers volleyball team in a Region IX victory on Tuesday night in Powell.
Northwest College defeated the Rustlers 21-25, 25-22, 25-16, 25-15.
CWC had put together three wins in a tournament last Friday and Saturday at Sheridan College. The Rustlers are now 0-2 in league play.
"We had a great start against Northwest," CWC coach Tiffany Stauffenberg said. "Our game plan was to slow their power hitters down on the outside and to serve tough to one of them that struggles on passes. We got to her early.
"We got a lot of touches on the block. We were able to pass better and get a lot of swings on the ball. We did all of this for two sets and literally fell apart in the third set. We never recovered."
At the Sheridan College tournament, the Rustlers beat Eastern Wyoming College 25-18, 25-15, 22-25, 25-14.
CWC swept Dawson Community College 25-11, 25-18, 25-16, and Williston State College 25-12, 25-20, 25-11.
"We played well both days in Sheridan," Stauffenberg said. "We blocked better than we have all season, so that took a lot of pressure off our back row."
CWC heads to the Scottsdale Community College tournament in Arizona this Thursday through Saturday.
CWC plays in the Wyo-Braska tournament in Torrington on Sept. 20-21.
The first home match for the Rustlers comes Sept. 27 vs. Laramie County Community College.
"Being on the road a lot early isn't all bad," Stauffenberg said. "We still have a lot of work to do. We hope to be that much better when we finally get to play for our home crowd. We are freshman-heavy, and still have a lot room for improvement."
Northwest 3, CWC 1
Northwest went on a run the third set to take control of the conference match.
"We had a lot of unforced errors during their run and lost the momentum," Stauffenberg said.
Asya Oguz and Marissa Cutts had 11 kills apiece. Tavia Young chipped in with eight kills. Jess Kohler collected 20 digs.
Jordan Leyba passed out 23 assists.
"Asya played very well for us," Stauffenberg said. "I saw more confidence in her on Tuesday night than I ever have. When we needed out of a rotation, she was demanding the ball and most of the time she was successful.
"We are needing people to step up and want the ball when we are in need of a side out. We are getting stuck in some rotations that we shouldn't be stuck in."
In the win over Williston State College, the Rustlers recorded 30 blocks.
Samantha Unruh had a team-high nine blocks.
Cutts and Kiara Skinner had six blocks apiece. Maddie Kelley registered four blocks.
Leyba had 17 assists , while Megan Cook finished with nine assists.
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