Cowgirl Volleyball Powers Past Samford

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EWU v. Samford: Live stats

Samford v. CSUN: Live stats

The University of Wyoming Cowgirl volleyball team powered past Samford in straight sets (25-10, 25-14, 25-19) on Friday night in the UniWyo Sports Complex. It marked the third home match out of the last four, dating back to last season that UW has won in three sets.

Wyoming (3-5) used a balanced offensive effort to begin the UniWyo Invite, and were led by a season-high nine kills from sophomore Reed Copeland. Seniors Laura Beach and Kayla Slofkiss tied for second on the team with seven kills each and sophomore Emily Lewis added five kills for the Cowgirls.

Senior setter Courtney Chacon recorded her first double-double of the year. She posted match-highs in assists and digs, with 25 and 11, respectively. It also marked the sixth time this season Chacon has recorded at least 20 assists. Slofkiss recorded seven digs during the match, while freshman Halie McArdle had a career-high six. Beach also led UW with six total blocks, as Lewis had four and Slofkiss had three. Freshman Madi Fields earned her first-career start wearing the brown and gold and led both squads with three service aces.

Wyoming jumped out to a 9-3 advantage in the first before Samford (5-3) called its first timeout. The Cowgirls then went on a 16-7 run to close out the first set. Slofkiss and Copeland each had three kills to pace UW, while Chacon dished out eight assists.

It was even early in the second set before UW went on a 9-2 run which caused Samford to call a timeout. Beach recorded a set-high four kills in the second, while Chacon had 11 assists for UW. The Cowgirls continued its momentum into the third stanza and was led by Copeland with four kills. Chacon had six assists and five digs to help UW sail to the three-set victory.

The Cowgirls out-hit the Samford Bulldogs .429 to .043 and recorded nine total team blocks compared to Samford’s zero. UW also had seven service aces to the Bulldogs one during Friday night’s match. Tonight’s match was the first against a member of the Southern Conference since 2014 when Furman made a visit to Laramie. 

Wyoming will close out the UniWyo Invite tomorrow with matchups against CSUN and Eastern Washington. The Cowgirls will face the Matadors at noon and the Eagles at 7 p.m. MT.