Rustlers down 18th-ranked juco volleyball team in ArizonaSep 18, 2013 By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor
A signature victory was produced by the Central Wyoming College Rustlers after knocking off nationally ranked New Mexico Military in four sets last weekend in a volleyball tournament in Scottsdale, Ariz.
The Rustlers beat NM Military 25-17, 25-19, 14-24, 25-23.
NM Military was ranked No. 18 in the National Junior College Athletic Association poll at the time of the match.
CWC also swept Phoenix College 25-19, 25-17, for its second victory in Arizona. The Rustlers were 2-4 in the busy tournament.
Glendale Community College swept CWC 25-21, 25-21, 25-21. Arizona Western won a 26-24 25-20, 25-18, decision over CWC, and Eastern Arizona defeated CWC 25-21, 25-19, 25-20.
South Mountain Community College also took down the Rustlers 25-21, 29-27, 25-14.
"We played some of our best volleyball in Arizona," CWC coach Tiffany Stauffenberg said. "Right now, the wins and losses don't look great, but I'm not concerned about that. We are getting better. That is why you play a tough schedule. It will pay off in the end for us."
CWC is 8-11 on the season.
"Every match we played was tough in Arizona," Stauffenberg said. "They were all either currently ranked nationally or they were in the last poll. We were in every match, but we didn't always get the job done for the win."
The Rustlers play Friday and Saturday in the Wyo-Braska Shootout tournament in Torrington and Scottsbluff, Neb.
CWC has Barton College, Western Nebraska Community College, Seward and Northeastern Junior College on its schedule.
"It will be another very tough schedule," Stauffenberg said.
Western Nebraska Community College is ranked No. 2 in the latest NJCAA poll.
The Rustlers finally have their home opener on Friday, Sept. 27, vs. Laramie County Community College at Rustler Gym in a Region IX match. Start time is 7 p.m.
In the win over the ranked team, CWC's Maddie Kelley knocked down 11 kills. Asya Oguz and Kiara Skinner had nine kills apiece. Defensively, Jess Kohler recorded 17 kills in the back row.
"Our blocking was better in Arizona," Stauffenberg said. "It still has to get better, but we are getting more and more touches."
Tavia Young was next with nine digs, and Jordan Leyba had eight digs.
"We know in order to win matches, we need to have everyone play well," Stauffenberg said. "Our wins are total team efforts."
In the sweep over Phoenix College, Young and Skinner had three kills apiece.
Kohler got nine digs. Young finished with four.