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Rustlers lose in final home volleyball match
Central's Maddie Kelly went for a tip over two Western Wyoming defenders during Thursday night's match in Rustler Gym. Photo by Wayne Nicholls

Rustlers lose in final home volleyball match to WWCC

Oct 25, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Nationally ranked Western Wyoming never got out of rhythm Thursday night in sweeping the Central Wyoming College Rustlers to remain perfect in the Region IX volleyball standings.

Western, the sixth-ranked team in the nation, defeated the Rustlers 25-19, 25-17, 25-16 in the final home match of the season at Rustler Gym.

The win ended a five-match winning streak by CWC.

"We played well at times, but we couldn't slow their offense down," CWC coach Tiffany Stauffenberg said. "Blocking wasn't there, and they were hitting at us from all positions. We just couldn't stop them."

Western is ranked No. 5 in the National Junior College Athletic Association poll.

"Western is very talented, but they are beatable," Stauffenberg said.

CWC finished the year at 6-6 in the Region IX standings. The Rustlers were 5-1 in the second half of the conference.

"We had runs in every match, but they didn't last long enough," Stauffenberg said. "We were always playing catch up. We just gave them too many points that they didn't have to earn."

The wins during the win streak were over Eastern Wyoming, Laramie County Community College, Sheridan College, Northwest College and Western Wyoming Community College.

The Region IX tournament ia Nov. 6-9 at Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington.

"There's still a lot of matches to be played between other teams," Stauffenberg said. "We can be anywhere from third to fifth."

Western is 11-0 and on top of the standings.

Casper College is second at 7-4. Northwest College is third with a 5-4 mark.

Sophomores honored

The four sophomores honored before their final home match were Marissa Cutts, Asya Oguz, Jess Kohler and Samantha Unruh.

"These four sophomores have been so dedicated and have believed in this program," Stauffenberg said. "It's what it's because of them."

In the loss to Western, Cutts had six kills. Unruh and Oguz finished with four kills apiece.

Kohler is one of the top players in the Region IX division in the libero slot.

"They were all leaders this year," Stauffenberg said. "They have come so far this year and they push their teammates to be better. I will miss all of them for sure."

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