Nov 10, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorNorthwest College eliminated the Central Wyoming College Rustlers volleyball team from the Region IX tournament Friday afternoon in Torrington.
Playing in the consolation bracket, Northwest College sent the Rustlers home 22-25, 25-16, 25-16, 25-19.
"We wanted it so bad that the emotions took over," CWC coach Tiffany Stauffenberg said. "We were so tight we couldn't relax and play. They were afraid to make mistakes. I definitely can't question their effort."
CWC fell to Sheridan College on Wednesday afternoon in the opening round.
The Rustlers entered the tournament as the No. 4 seed.
Before the postseason started, CWC went 5-1 in its last six games for momentum going into the tournament.
Stauffenberg will graduate four sophomores in the spring, Jess Kohler, Sam Unruh, Asya Oguz and Marissa Cutts.
Northwest College swept Laramie County Community College 25-19, 25-15, 25-17 on Friday night to stay alive.
Top seed Western Wyoming swept Casper College Friday afternoon in a winners match. The title match was played late Saturday night. "This was the toughest Region IX tournament yet," Stauffenberg said. "Teams keep getting better in our region."
The winner of the Region IX tournament advances to nationals, which is set for Casper later this month.
"I'm already on the recruiting trail," Stauffenberg said. "I have four sophomores to replace, and it will be tough to do. I will miss their leadership."
and everything they gave to this program."
Northwest 3, CWC 1
The first set of the match went back and forth before the Rustlers earned the victory.
"We happened to be the team that was up at point 25," Stauffenberg said.
In the next three sets, CWC couldn't stop the runs put on by Northwest.
"We weren't aggressive on offense," Stauffenberg said. "We tipped a lot the last three sets because we were afraid to make a mistake. We were being too safe."
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