PROVO The BYU women's volleyball team (15-6, 7-4 Mountain West Conference) dropped its first game against Wyoming (10-11, 4-8) before roaring back to win the next three games and the match.
After BYU jumped out to a 12-7 lead in the first game, Wyoming reeled off five straight points to force a BYU timeout. The Cougars led 14-13, but the Cowgirls took the lead for good with four straight points en route to a 30-24 victory.
BYU bounced back in the second game, maintaining control throughout. The Cougars never trailed, as they used a 7-3 start to take a lead that was never in jeopardy. BYU used three aces from outside hitter Bryn Porter and four late kills from middle blocker Ashton Hansen to extend their lead on the way to a 30-20 win.
The Cougars fell behind 7-1 in the third game before clawing back to tie the game at 8-8. The two teams went back and forth for the rest of the game. With the score tied at 27, BYU used a Porter ace and a kill from outside hitter Chelsea Goodman to take the 30-28 win.
BYU jumped out to a 5-0 lead at the start of the fourth game. Wyoming promptly erased the deficit with a 5-0 run of its own. With the score tied at 15, the Cougars began to pull away with a 4-0 run, eventually winning 30-24 when middle blocker Rachel Dyer ended the match with a kill down the middle of the court.
The Cougars' middle blockers were dominant, as Dyer led the Cougars with 18 kills and 10 blocks while hitting .571, and Ashton Hansen added 12 kills and seven blocks while hitting .333.
"It was one of the keys going in that we felt strongly that we needed to get our middles going," BYU coach Jason Watson said. "We needed to set them and set them often. Amy Schlauder ran a very nice and balanced offense. To get Ashton involved late was important."
Porter had 15 kills while hitting .316. She also had five aces, and her serves kept Wyoming off balance all night.
"One of the focuses we have is to put pressure on the other team with our serve," Porter said. "The coaches tell us seams that we are supposed to serve at, and that's what I tried to focus on."
Goodman recorded her 49th career double-double with 16 kills and 17 digs.