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Rustlers earn first league victory of season
Central Wyoming College libero Jess Kohler and Asya Oguz dove for the ball in an attempt to save a Laramie County Community College score during the first set of Friday night's home opener at Rustler Gym. Photo by Wayne Nicholls

At home, Rustlers earn first league victory of season

Sep 28, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Central Wyoming College volleyball coach Tiffany Stauffenberg stressed to her players that they couldn't afford to lose four straight Region IX matches to start conference play before Saturday's home match.

The Rustlers responded by beating Eastern Wyoming College 25-19, 25-22, 18-25, 25-19, for their first league victory of the season at Rustler Gym.

Laramie County Community College swept the Rustlers on Friday, 25-22, 23-25, 28-26, in the home opener at Rustler Gym.

CWC was on the road for the first five weeks of the regular season.

"We have to take advantage of our home matches," Stauffenberg said. "We only have six home matches. We have a very tough conference."

CWC is now 1-3 in conference play.

Homestand continues

The Rustlers continue their homestand at 7 p.m. Thursday when Casper College makes a visit to Rustler Gym.

"Casper is always a big rivalry," Stauffenberg said. "We usually play them very well at home. I hope that tradition continues."

Casper College already has swept LCCC and Eastern.

"We are going to have to build a block," Stauffenberg said. "They have a lot more power than the last two teams that we have seen."

Casper College sits first in Region IX at 3-0. Casper has an 11-11 overall mark.

"Casper kind of had a rocky start," Stauffenberg said. "They are playing well now. They have beat some pretty good teams. We have to be ready."

CWC's victory

"They came out of the blocks and played well," Stauffenberg said. "I did make a lot of subs to get everybody in the match."

The fire from CWC worked in the first two sets as the home team took control early in the match.

Things changed around a little bit in the third set as Eastern extended the match.

In the fourth set, CWC was in command from start to finish for the victory.

"We just started playing our game in the fourth set," Stauffenberg said. "We relaxed. We got the job done."

In the victory, Tavia Young and Asya Oguz were the driving forces behind the fourth set.

"For the most part, the outsides played well," Stauffenberg said. "We set them more than the right sides and the middles. We have to be able to mix it up a little bit."

Oguz put down 13 kills from the outside. Kiara Skinner tallied seven kills. Oguz also recorded 12 digs.

Sam Unruh had six kills and four blocks. Young was credited with nine kills. Jess Kohler finished with 21 digs.

LCCC 3, CWC 0

(Friday night)

In the home opener against LCCC, CWC couldn't get the big points down the stretch to make the home fans happy.

"We didn't play bad against LCCC," Stauffenberg said. "Blocking really wasn't there on Friday night. For the most part, it was good volleyball from both sides. They are a very scrappy team. You have to give credit to LCCC."

LCCC won the first two sets by pulling away at the end.

In the third set, the two league opponents went back and forth before LCCC escaped to the victory.

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