Oct 17, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorCWC meets Sheridan College at 7 p.m. Friday and Northwest College in a 3 p.m. Saturday match.
In order to keep moving in the right direction, the Central Wyoming College Rustler volleyball team needs a pair of Region IX victories this weekend at Rustler Gym.
The Rustlers carry a two-match winning streak after downing Laramie County Community College and Eastern Wyoming College last weekend on the road.
CWC hosts Sheridan College at 7 p.m. Friday.
The Rustlers turn around and face Northwest College in a 3 p.m. match on Saturday.
"We are always excited for our home matches, especially when we are so limited," CWC coach Tiffany Stauffenberg said. "We have the greatest support at home. It's a fun atmosphere to play in."
Stauffenberg said Friday night will be "Central Wants a Cure" match.
Fans are encouraged to wear pink.
The Rustlers are fifth in the Region IX standings at 3-5.
Sheridan College is fourth (4-3) and Northwest College third (5-2).
"Every Region IX match is critical," Stauffenberg said. "We even have a little extra pressure because we lost o both of these teams at their place. We are better now."
After the weekend matches, CWC plays at Casper College Tuesday, Oct. 22. The Rustlers end the regular season hosting Western Wyoming on Thursday, Oct. 24.
Power up front
Tavia Young, Maddie Kelley, Marissa Cutts, Asya Oguz, Kiara Skinner and Samantha Unruh have are the top hitters for the Rustlers.
"We need to continue to play with emotion and confidence," Stauffenberg said. "Both of these teams have great offensive players that we will need to control. Our blocking has to be up."
Oguz is No. 1 on the team with 197 kills. Cutts is second at 178 kills. Jess Kohler is averaging 6.49 digs per set from her libero slot.
Sheridan College swept CWC on Sept. 5 in the first meeting between the two league opponents.
"Sheridan is talented," Stauffenberg said. "It's the best Sheridan team that I've seen for quite some time."
Sheridan won the match 25-18, 25-23, 25-16.
"We didn't play well at all at their place," Stauffenberg said. "We were still trying to figure a lot out about ourselves because it was early in the season."
Northwest is paced by Ana Jakovljevic, a powerful hitter is from Serbia.
"She is one of the toughest players in the region," Stauffenberg said.
"If you don't slow her down, she can dominate a match."
Northwest beat CWC 21-25, 25-22, 25-12, 25-15.
"They look for her to score for them," Stauffenberg said. "She is tough on both sides of the ball. We have to know where she is at all times and get a block on her."
Region IX standings
Western Wyoming 8-0, 24-4
Casper College 6-3, 15-15
Northwest College 5-2, 15-8
Sheridan College 4-3, 18-10
Central Wyoming 3-5, 12-15
Laramie CCC 2-6, 10-15
Eastern Wyoming 0-9, 7-21
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