TULSA, Okla. (Sept. 16, 2017) –
The University of Wyoming Cowgirl volleyball team swept (25-20, 25-21, 25-20) Tulsa in its first match of the day, before outlasting Oral Roberts in five sets (25-22, 21-25, 19-25, 25-21, 15-13) to close out the Oral Roberts Invitational on Saturday. Junior Reed Copeland
and freshman Marissa Harmon
were selected to the All-Tournament team for the weekend.
In UW's fist match of the day, junior Emily Lewis
led Wyoming with 15 kills and a .401 hitting clip. Redshirt freshman Jackie McBride
came into Saturday's matches third in the Mountain West with 1.24 blocks per set and finished with seven total to lead UW defensively against Tulsa.
Redshirt sophomore Cori Aafedt
tied her season-high with 19 assists to pace the offense. Sophomore's Halie McArdle
and Madi Fields
each had 10 digs for the Brown and Gold. Copeland chipped in five kills and six total blocks, as sophomore Tara Traphagan
added six kills and six blocks as well.
The Cowgirls used a 4-1 run to open the match against the Golden Hurricane to spark the offense and then force a Tulsa timeout up, 9-4. UW would call time up one, 18-17, before Tulsa evened the score at 19. Wyoming would take six of the next seven points for the 25-20 win. Copeland chipped in two kills, while McArdle had four total blocks and Aafedt had four assists in the opening set.
Tulsa jumped out to an early lead in the second set and it wasn't until Harmon's first kill of the match that gave UW a 5-4 lead. The latest tie in the set came when both teams had seven points each. A kill from McBride would give Wyoming an 8-7 lead and the Cowgirls never looked back. McArdle's second kill of the day would give UW the set 25-21. Lewis paced the offensive effort with six kills for Wyoming.
Errors from Tulsa gave UW its first couple of points in the third frame. A kill from Waitsman moved UW's lead to three, 10-7, which was then followed by Lewis' tenth kill of the match and a timeout from Tulsa. Only four times in the final stanza did Wyoming allow Tulsa to go on a run of more than one point. Wyoming took the set, 25-20 for its third 3-0 sweep of the season. Lewis closed out the match with a set-high six kills in the third and final frame.
To conclude the Oral Roberts Invite, four different Cowgirls recorded double-digit kills in the nightcap. Traphagan led the way with 14, with Copeland just behind adding 13. Lewis and McArdle each chipped in 11 kills for the Brown and Gold to defeat the Golden Eagles in comeback fashion.
Fields recorded a career-high 30 digs on Saturday night, and Harmon added 38 assists. Additionally, McArdle and senior Lily Austin
each had ten kills for UW. McArdle recorded her first-career double-double with her 11 kills and ten digs.
The Cowgirls wasted no time in the second match of the day and aggressively pulled out to a 4-0 lead over host Oral Roberts. In the middle of the set, UW used a 5-1 run to strengthen its lead over the Golden Eagles. ORU would use a quick run of its own to pull within one, 21-20. Back-to-back kills from Copeland and Traphagan inched the Cowgirls closer to victory before Copeland added another to give Wyoming the 25-22 win. Lewis continued her hot streak and recorded four kills in the opening set. Copeland also had four kills for the Cowgirls.
Even though Oral Roberts came away with the second set win, neither team had flashy offensive numbers. ORU had eight kills compared to UW's seven. It was back and forth for the first part of the set until the home team was able to break away. Three straight attacking errors from ORU gave UW life but they ended it 25-21. Copeland led the way with three kills for Wyoming.
The Cowgirls sailed out to a 4-0 advantage to open the third set and despite ORU climbing back to tie it an 11, the Cowgirls stayed within reach throughout the set. Oral Roberts went on a 5-2 run to win 25-20 and take a 2-1 set lead. Traphagan had five kills for the Brown and Gold, while Harmon dished out ten assists.
It was once again a back and forth set early in the fourth frame. A kill from McBride was followed by a service ace from Fields, which then forced ORU to call timeout with UW up one, 14-13. Tied at 18, Wyoming would go on to take seven of the next ten points for the 25-21 win. Traphagan had four kills to lead Wyoming.
Wyoming held leads of 4-0 and 10-3, only to see ORU come back to tie it at 13. An attacking error from the home team and a Halie McArdle
kill pushed UW to the 15-13 win to take the match 3-2. Harmon, Copeland, Lewis and McArdle each had two kills in the final set to guide Wyoming to victory.
The Cowgirls will open Mountain West play this next week. UNLV will make its way to the UniWyo Sports Complex for a Thursday night matchup set to begin at 6:30 p.m. MT.