Central Wyoming Volleyball battles at the beaches in Florida

Press Release by Central Wyoming College Athletics

(Riverton, WY) – Ranked ninth in the nation, Central Wyoming College’s volleyball team began their regular season at the Battle of the Beach Volleyball Tournament in Fort Myers, Florida. 

The Rustlers went 2 and 2 against three nationally ranked teams. On Friday, August 26, Central went 3-0 against Indian River with scores of 25-21, 25-18, 25-14. They had 14 block assists as a team.   

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Later in the day, the team fell 3-1 to #16-seated Hillsborough.  The games were hard fought with scores of 21-25, 17-25, 25-19, and 25-27.  Though 19 service errors made for a challenging match, there were some individual highlights. 

Brinley Smith had 16 kills while Alicja Jaryszek had a double-double with 11 kills and 16 digs. Marin Freeland had 11 kills and hit .360. Setter Emma Hendricks had six kills.

On Saturday, the Rustlers fell 0-3 to the #4 seated host team, Southwestern Florida, with scores of  17-25, 19-25, 19-25. Brinley Smith continued her streak with 8 kills. 

The Lady Rustlers closed out the weekend in the Sunshine State with a 3-1 win over #15-seated Polk State. Contributing to the scores of 25-11,16-25, 25-22, and 25-20, were Lauryn Arnold’s 10 kills. She hit .348 with six blocks.

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In spite of the long trip, Coach Darshaya Gallard said the team got what they needed from the weekend.

 “We have learned a lot from this experience and we know what we have to work on in the gym to grow as a team,” Gallard said. “All in all, it feels great to come home on a win. Now we face another big tournament next weekend in Salt Lake.”

New rankings will come out Monday, August 29.

Box scores, schedules, and more are available at www.rustlerathletics.com.  

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