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Rustler spikers sweep pair of road matches
Oct 13, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor
The Central Wyoming College Rustlers volleyball team started off a two-game road trip in a 25-19, 25-20, 25-17, victory over Eastern Wyoming College Friday night in Torrington.
The Rustlers followed up the performance by sweeping Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne, 25-20, 25-20, 25-12, on Saturday afternoon.
CWC lost to LCCC in their first meeting of the season in front of the home crowd.
CWC moves to 3-4 in Region IX play.
The Rustlers are fifth in the standings.
"We are playing with so much more intensity," CWC coach Tiffany Stauffenberg said. "They are fun to watch. They have a lot of emotion while playing."
CWC hosts Sheridan College Friday and Northwest College on Saturday at Rustler Gym.
The Friday match starts at 7:30 p.m. The Saturday match is slated for 3 p.m.
CWC 3, LCCC 0
"We thought we should have won at home, so we put a little extra pressure on ourselves to win on the road," Stauffenberg said.
CWC's Marissa Cutts came up big for her team with 10 kills and three blocks in the front row.
"It was her best performance this season," Stauffenberg said. "She's playing much smarter now and making better decisions."
Asya Oguz had seven kills and 15 digs.
Jess Kohler helped out with 18 digs and one ace.
"Laramie blocked well against us last time," Stauffenberg said. "We knew our middles had to be active to hold the blockers. We had a lot of splits, and our hitters found them."
Maddie Kelley put down six kills and two blocks.
Jordan Leyba had 20 assists, and Megan Cook finished with 17 assists.
Kiara Skinner added five kills and three blocks.
CWC 3, Eastern 0
"We were in control from the very first point of the match and never lost the confidence," Stauffenberg said.
In the first meeting on Sept. 28 at Rustler Gym, the Rustlers won in four sets.
"The only thing that we did differently this time playing Eastern is, we never let up," Stauffenberg said.
"We didn't change how we were playing them. It was all just a matter of putting up a complete match without any letdowns."
LCCC never put any fear into the Rustlers on Friday night.
"There wasn't ever a time of concern," Stauffenberg said.
"We had control and never let go of it."
Cook and Leyba dished out the ball to everybody on the court.
"Our setters (Megan and Jordan) mixed things up so we weren't so predictable," Stauffenberg said.
"Everyone contributed for sure."
Kiara Skinner and Tavia Young were the big hitters for the Rustlers.
"They only had one error between the two of them," Stauffenberg said.
"They get a lot of attempts."