Barlow, Cowgirls Race Past the Wolf Pack
* University of Wyoming press release
LARAMIE -- The Wyoming Cowgirl volleyball team was impressive Thursday night at home, making quick work of Nevada via a sweep. Wyoming dispatched the Wolf Pack 25-17, 25-15 and 25-17.
For the match, the Cowgirls (15-5, 4-5 MW) hit .298 while holding Nevada (6-14, 2-7) to just an .011 clip, a season-best for the Brown & Gold in opponent hitting percentage. Tierney Barlow did a lot of that damage herself as she hit an incredible .762 on the night, which is a season-high for a Cowgirl. Barlow led Wyoming with 16 kills on 21 swings.
Sarah Holcomb added eight kills of her own and hit .400 while Corin Carruth added seven and Rylee Schulz chipped in with six kills. Holcomb paced the UW defense as she notched a match-best seven total blocks in the win. Barlow and Paige Lauterwasser had four total blocks each on the night. As a team, the Cowgirls out-blocked the Wolf Pack, 11-6. Wyoming also had the edge in aces with six to Nevada’s three.
Kasia Partyka led the Cowgirls with 34 assists on the night. Partyka also added a pair of kills, three block assists and nine digs, which was a team-high. Sierra Grizzle added seven digs from her libero spot while Schulz and Zoee Smith had six apiece. Schulz and Barlow, meanwhile, led the way with two service aces each.
Nevada made things tough in the beginning stages of each set before the Cowgirls would take over down the stretch. Wyoming ended the first on a 10-2 run, after breaking a 15-15 tie. In the second, the Cowgirls led for much of the contest and after the Wolf Pack made it 10-8, ended the set on a 15-7 extended run. The third was much like the first set as Nevada claimed a 15-14 lead. However, the Cowgirls put the throttle down late, ending the match with an 11-2 run.
Wyoming, who is now exactly half-way through the Mountain West slate, hits the road Saturday to close the week out. The Cowgirls travel to face Fresno State at 2 p.m., in a pivotal match to begin the second half of the league schedule.
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