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Red-hot CWC opens Region IX v-ball tournament
Lady Rustlers Marissa Cutts (11) and Samantha Unruh leapt for a block during Central Wyoming College's recent match with Western Wyoming College. The Region IX tournament started Wednesday. Photo by Wayne Nicholls

Red-hot CWC opens Region IX v-ball tournament

Nov 6, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

The Rustlers have won five of their last six matches.

The quest for a Region IX volleyball title started for the Central Wyoming College Rustlers Wednesday afternoon in Torrington.

CWC begin the double-elimination Region IX tournament at Eastern Wyoming College as the No. 4 seed.

The Rustlers played Sheridan College in the opening round match.

Sheridan College is the No. 5 seed for the tournament.

The Rustlers climbed into the No. 4 spot in the regional standings after going 5-1 in their last six matches.

The wins for CWC came over Eastern Wyoming College, Laramie County Community College, Sheridan College, Northwest College, and a huge road win at Casper College.

"We are playing our best volleyball right now," CWC coach Tiffany Stauffenberg said. "We have worked hard in practice to prepare for this week. We have to focus on Sheridan and not look any further."

Western Wyoming Community College ended the CWC streak with a three-set win Oct. 24, at Rustler Gym.

"We had some sore bodies," Stauffenberg said. "So a week without matches helped us heal."

The Rustlers will be counting on sophomores Asya Oguz, Samantha Unruh, Marissa Cutts and Jess Kohler if they want to make a deep run in the tournament.

"The four sophomores have been leaders all year," Stauffenberg said. "I know they will step up this week."

Oguz and Asya are both outside hitters. Unruh is the middle blocker.

Kohler takes care of the digs in the back row as the libero defender. Kohler is averaging 6.33 digs per set.

Oguz tops the team in kills with 250 on the season. Cutts is No. 2 in that department at 211.

Tournament field

The Western Wyoming Community College Lady Mustangs steamrolled rolled through the regular season undefeated in conference play at 12-0.

Western is 28-4 on the season and ranked No. 5 in the latest National Junior College Athletic Association poll.

The top seed gave Western a bye from the first day of action.

The CWC/Sheridan College winner will play the Mustangs at 4 p.m. Thursday in the next round.

"Honestly there's no real good spot on the bracket when the two through six seeds have beaten each other," Stauffenberg said.

"Every match we play will be tough."

The loser of the CWC-Sheridan College plays against the loser of Casper College-Laramie County Community College at 2 p.m. Thursday.

The title match is at 4 p.m. Saturday.

The winner of the tournament qualifies for the National Junior College volleyball tournament Nov. 15-17 in Casper.

"We have a very tough region," Stauffenberg said. "We will have to play at our best in every match."

Region IX women's volleyball standings

Conference record first

Western Wyoming, 12-0, 28-4

Northwest College, 8-4, 18-10

Casper College, 7-5, 16-17

Central Wyoming College, 6-6, 15-16

Sheridan College, 5-7, 19-14

Laramie County Community College, 4-8, 12-18

Eastern Wyoming College, 0-12, 10-24

Region IX volleyball tournament schedule

Wednesday-Saturday,

at Torrington

Wednesday's Matches

M1: No. 4 Central Wyoming College (15-16) vs. No. 5 Sheridan College (19-14), 2 p.m.

M2: No. 3 Casper College (16-17) vs. No. 6 Laramie County Community College (12-18), 4 p.m.

M3: No. 2 Northwest College (18-10) vs. No. 7 Eastern Wyoming College, 6 p.m.

Thursday's Matches

M4: M2 loser vs. M3 loser, 2 p.m.

M5: No. 1 Western Wyoming Community College (28-4) vs. M1 winner, 4 p.m.

M6: M2 winner vs. M3 winner, 6 p.m.

Friday's Matches

M7: M1 loser vs. M6 loser, noon

M8: M4 winner vs. M5 loser, 2 p.m.

M9: M5 winner vs. M6 winner, 4 p.m.

M10: M7 winner vs. M8 winner, 6 p.m.

Saturday's Matches

M11: M10 winner vs. M9 loser, noon

M12: Championship, M11 winner vs. M9 winner, 2 p.m.

x-M13: Championship, M12 winner vs. M12 loser, 4 p.m.

x-if necessary

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