UW Sports Recap: Pokes crown champs at Wyoming Open; VB tops AFA; Tennis wins matches in Dallas

Six Cowboys Wrestlers Win Titles at Cowboy Open 

The Cowboy Open. Wyoming Athletics/pitchenginecommunities
The Cowboy Open at the Fieldhouse. Wyoming Athletics/pitchenginecommunities

LARAMIE, Wyo. (Nov. 7, 2015) – A busy Saturday in War Memorial Fieldhouse was capped with six individual championships in two divisions at the 38th annual Cowboy Open. A pair of juniors in Benjamin Stroh (174 pounds) and Drew Templeman (125 pounds) won titles at new weights for the Pokes joining senior Tanner Harms (285 pounds) and sophomore Bryce Meredith (141 pounds) with individual titles in the elite bracket.

“I need to look at the brackets to get a better feel of how we did today,” UW head coach Mark Branch said. “We need to get better with a conference dual coming up next week. We really have our work cut out for us and we need to work on wrestling with a little more passion.”

In the amateur bracket, wrestling unattached freshman 125-pounder Drake Foster went 4-0 with two major decisions and a fall. Fellow freshman Dewey Krueger was named Most Outstanding Wrestler of the Amateur Bracket going 4-0 including a fall in the finals. See complete results here.

The Cowboys open the dual portion of the schedule facing off against Air Force in Colorado Springs, Colo. On Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. It will be the Pokes first dual as a member of the Big 12 Conference.


Wyoming Outlasts Air Force in Five Sets; Record 20th win of the season

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Wyoming Athletics/pitchenginecommnities.

 COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 7, 2015) – Senior Bridget Shanahan had a season-high 19 kills to lead the University of Wyoming to a 3-2 win over Air Force in Mountain West action Saturday afternoon. The win marked the fourth-straight season Wyoming has won at least 20 matches. UW (20-6, 10-4 MW) has now won five straight against the Falcons (11-17, 4-9 MW) and 23 of the last 24 matches dating back to the 2004 season.

Wyoming tied its season-high with 62 total kills Saturday afternoon against Air Force. The only other time UW had 62 kills was against Marquette during Pistol Pete’s Showdown earlier this year in September. It was also the first time this season the Cowgirls passed out 60 assists. The season’s previous high was 58, which came against New Mexico on Thursday night.

Courtney Chacon recorded the lone double-double with a season-high 31 assists and 10 digs for the Brown and Gold. It was her second-consecutive and eighth overall on the season. She also became the third Cowgirl to dish out at least 30 assists in a match. Allison Waldvogel led all players with 19 digs, while Kayla Slofkiss was the third Cowgirl to have double-figure digs with 16 on the afternoon.

See complete results here.

The Cowgirls are back in action against San Jose State (13-14, 5-9 MW) in a Saturday evening tilt. The match will begin at 6:30 p.m. MT in the UniWyo Sports Complex.


UW Tennis Has Solid Day at Blue and Red Challenge    

Wyoming will close out fall play tomorrow

Wyoming Tennis. Wyoming Athletics/pitchenginecommunities.
Wyoming Tennis. Wyoming Athletics/pitchenginecommunities.

 DALLAS, Texas (Nov. 7, 2015) – Three singles players and two doubles teams earned victories on day two of the Blue and Red Challenge in Dallas.

“This was another step in the right direction for us,” head coach Dean Clower said. “We are playing better in doubles and can now start working on getting to the next level. In singles, we definitely took more steps towards playing UW tennis. I am proud of how we competed and improved over the last two days.”

Magdalena Stencel defeated her opponent 6-3, 6-3 while Tessa van Der Ploeg won in straight sets 7-6, 7-6. The final winner in singles was Dorottya Jonas who needed three sets.

In doubles, the team of Talbert and Jonas earned a 6-2 win followed by Stencel and Tokareva beating their opponent 7-6.

The Cowgirls will wrap up the fall season today at Blue and Red Challenge.