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UW Athletics: Volleyball sweeps UNLV, Wrestlers drop dual at Nebraska; Swimmers second at Purdue

UW Athletics: Volleyball sweeps UNLV, Wrestlers drop dual at Nebraska; Swimmers second at Purdue

*Cowgirl VB Sweeps UNLV; UW concludes regular season on Tuesday* LARAMIE, Wyo. – The Wyoming volleyball team ran its home winning streak to 12 in a row with a three-set victory (25-19, 25-16, 25-23) over the UNLV Rebels on Saturday afternoon in Laramie. The Cowgirls are now 23-6 overall and 13-4 in MW play. The 13-conference wins is the most since not only becoming a member of the MW but in the programs history. Junior Kayla Slofkiss and senior Bridget Shanahan each recorded a team-high ten kills while Slofkiss added 12 digs for her 13th double-double of the season. Senior libero Allison Waldvogel finished the night with a team leading 22 digs while Lily Austin recorded 14 digs against the Rebels. UW hit .210 (46-20-124) for the match and had ten total team blocks. Cori Aafedt led the Cowgirls with 22 assists, while Courtney Chacon added 20. Aafedt scooped up six digs while Chacon had eight. Reed Copeland and Laura Beach each had four total blocks for Wyoming. Wyoming will close out the regular season on Tuesday against the 13th ranked Colorado State Rams. The match is set for 6:30 p.m. in the UniWyo Sports Complex. It will be the final home match for seniors Kayla Henderson, Bridget Shanahan and Allison Waldvogel. *Cowboys Falls to No. 7 Nebraska; **Meredith remains undefeated* LINCOLN, Neb. (Nov. 21, 2015) – The University of Wyoming Cowboy wrestling team dropped its first dual of the season on Saturday night in Lincoln, Neb. The No. 7 Huskers defeated the Pokes 35-4 in the Bob Devaney Sports Complex. Sophomore Bryce Meredith remained undefeated on the season picking up a major decision victory. “They are a really good team and they don’t have a lot of weaknesses,” UW head coach Mark Branch said. “We didn’t do enough and we had some opportunities. I thought we didn’t show a lot of toughness and we want guys to go out there and battle.” Meredith got the Pokes off to a fast start with a dominating 13-4 major decision win over No. 8 Anthony Abidin. Meredith led 6-1 after the first period thanks to two takedowns and a nearfall. It was his first win over a ranked opponent at Wyoming and he remained perfect on the season at 6-0. He has won by pin, major decision or technical fall in five-of-his-six wins this season. “Bryce was phenomenal and dominated and very good wrestler,” Branch said. “He went out and listened to our coaching and excelled in every position tonight.” Junior No. 19 Drew Templeman fell just short in his match falling in sudden victory to No. 11 Tim Lambert. Templeman used an escape in the third period to force overtime. Fellow junior No. 11 Benjamin Stroh fell to No. 14 Micah Barnes via decision, 9-7. In the final match of the evening No. 20 Tanner Harms fell short in a 7-3 decision against No. 13 Collin Jensen. Other Cowboys participated in the UNK Holiday Inn Open in Kearney, Neb. Redshirt freshman Branson Ashworth finished second at 149 pounds. Senior Austin Breckenridge finished third at 149 pounds. Sophomore Kyle Pope finished third at 165 pounds with fellow sophomore Luke Paine finishing third at 184 pounds. Redshirt freshman Sam Eagan finished fourth at 285 pounds rounding out Cowboys in the elite division. In the amateur division, freshman Cody Vigoren won the title at 197 pounds. Fellow freshman Lucas Lovvorn (165 pounds), Dewey Krueger (157 pounds) and Drake foster (125 pounds) all finished second in their respective weight classes. The Cowboys return to action at Big 12 foe Iowa State on Dec. 12 at 2 p.m. *UW Closes Out Second Day at Purdue; **Will Complete Invitational Today * The University of Wyoming swimming and diving teams completed the second day of the Purdue Invitational in West Lafayette, Ind., on Saturday afternoon. The final day of the invite will conclude tomorrow afternoon. “We are in a good spot after these two days,” UW head coach Tom Johnson said. “We know competition will be tough tomorrow so we want to finish strong but we showed tremendous effort by a number of swimmers today, and even a few looked the fastest they have been all season. I was very happy to see that. We will work on a few more things and hopefully do well again tomorrow. ” The Pokes are in second place with one day remaining. They are behind host Purdue with 438.5 points, while the Cowgirls remained in third place after the second day. They have 316 total points.. #county10 #news #sports #oilcity #shortgo #county17