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Rustlers stun Casper College in 5-set v-ball thriller
Oct 23, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor
After losing the first two volleyball sets 24-12, 25-14, on Tuesday night at Casper College, the Central Wyoming College Rustlers clicked with new emotion and energy.
CWC rallied to win the next three sets 25-17, 25-20, 16-14, for a wild Region IX victory over the stunned Casper team.
CWC is now on a five-match winning streak.
"It ranks up there with one of the most exciting matches that I have been a part of," CWC coach Tiffany Stauffenberg said.
CWC is 6-5 on the season in the Region IX North division with one match left in the regular season.
"To come back and win at Casper showed that they played with so much heart," Stauffenberg said. "I couldn't have been prouder."
Stauffenberg said the key was the blocking put on by the Rustlers in the last three sets.
"We played with emotion," Stauffenberg said. "We started blocking. We knew that we could never beat a Casper team if we didn't block."
CWC 3, Casper College 2
"We didn't not play well at all when we were down 0-2," Stauffenberg said. "We couldn't get any kind of sync the first two sets."
CWC struggled both passing and hitting in the early stages of the match.
"The first set we had six kills and six errors," Stauffenberg said. "In the second set, we had nine kills and five errors. We started to get better."
CWC won the third and fourth sets to force the fifth.
"It was back and forth the entire fifth set," Stauffenberg said.
The fifth set was deadlocked at 11-11 before CWC collected a huge point at 12-11.
CWC was up 15-14 when outside hitter Asya Oguz slammed down the game winner between a pair of Casper College defenders to get the win.
Oguz recorded a team-high 18 kills in the win for the Rustlers.
"It was one of her best matches she has had in two years," Stauffenberg said. "When we needed a side, we went to her."
Marissa Cutts finished with 11 kills, and Tavia Young had nine kills.
Kiara Skinner added seven kills.
"Marissa has been very consistent," Stauffenberg said. "She plays so much smarter now."
Nationally ranked Western Wyoming comes into Rustler Gym on Thursday night to close out the regular season.
Match time is 7 p.m.
Western, 26-4 on the season, is ranked No. 5 in the latest National Junior College Athletic Association poll.
CWC lost to Western in four sets earlier this month in Rock Springs.
"Western is a very tall and talented team," Stauffenberg said.
The four CWC sophomores to be honored Thursday will be Cutts, Jess Kohler, Sam Unruh and Oguz.
"It's hard to believe that it's the end of the season already," Stauffenberg said. "I know that there will be a lot of emotion there. There are four kids that I'm really going to miss. They have done so much for the program. There would be nothing better than to end our regular season with a huge upset."