LARAMIE, Wyo. (Nov. 18, 2016) -- The University of Wyoming Cowgirl volleyball team (18-12, 11-6 MW) fell to league-leading Boise State (24-6, 15-2 MW), 3-0 (20-25, 18-25, 21-25) on Friday night inside the UniWyo Sports Complex.
“Our seniors have contributed a lot to this program and hopefully we can go play next week and send them out on a high note,” UW head coach Chad Callihan said. “We intend to compete every time and I thought we really struggled with that tonight. Typically we are flying around and picking everything up, but tonight we were allowing the most routine plays to drop. They are a tough matchup, and we knew that coming in, so I hope to see more focus and intensity for the next match at Colorado State.”
Sophomore middle blocker Reed Copeland led the way for Wyoming, logging nine kills and four blocks in the outing. Redshirt freshman Bayly Poor added seven kills for the Brown and Gold. All of Poor’s kills came in the third and final set.
On senior night, Courtney Chacon led the trio with 26 assists and five digs. Kayla Slofkiss recorded five kills for Wyoming in addition to six digs and two blocks. Laura Beach added three kills, three digs and one total block during her final home match. All three seniors and team manager Olivia Crum were honored before the match
Freshman Madi Fields recorded ten digs on Friday against Boise State as Shelby Johnson added five. Lily Austin had three digs and led both teams with two service aces. Freshman Tara Traphagan chipped in two kills against the Broncos as well as four digs.
With the win, Boise State earned a share of the 2016 Mountain West women’s volleyball championship title. The Broncos are guaranteed the Mountain West’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. It will be Boise State’s first trip to the NCAA Tournament.
Set one: Boise State earned the first two points in the match and held a 5-3 lead only to see Wyoming tie things at five. Thanks in part to a couple attacking errors from the Broncos, Wyoming’s biggest lead in the set was five, 12-7, directly before a Boise State timeout. Tied at 19, Boise State took six of the final seven points to close out the first set. Copeland had a set-high five kills in the opening stanza as Chacon dished out nine assists.
Set two: Boise State jumped out to a 6-3 lead in the second set before a timeout from Wyoming. The teams traded points throughout the match before the Broncos used a 9-2 run to claim the second set, 25-18 and take a 2-0 set lead into intermission. Copeland added four more kills in the second frame that had seven tied scores and five lead changes. Chacon once again led the Brown and Gold with seven assists.
Set three: Boise State quickly ran out to a 4-1 lead in the third and final frame. Momentum carried the Broncos throughout the final set as they mostly played with a lead. The score was only tied twice during the third set. As mentioned above, Poor had a set-high seven kills in the last set. Slofkiss added three kills and three digs for Wyoming.
Wyoming will close out the regular season at Colorado State. The match will begin at 7:00 p.m. MT on Tuesday, November 22.
-Kayla Slofkiss is tied ninth all-time with 938 career digs and 422 sets played while wearing the Brown and Gold. Additionally, she remained 11th with 1,023 career kills.
-Laura Beach is fifth all-time with 429 total blocks. Reese Plante (2010-13) is fourth all-time with 440 career blocks. Furthermore, Beach is now 32 kills away from 1,000 for her career. She continues to hold the top spot in career hitting percentage (.373) and after tonight’s match, her .404 attacking percentage this year is third-best in a single season.
-Courtney Chacon remained in sixth place in Cowgirl history with 3,292 career assists. She is just behind Kayla Slofkiss for 10th all-time with 932 career digs and is also sixth all-time with 436 sets played. Chacon leads all active MW players with 37 career double-doubles. She needs one more double-double to be tied tenth all-time in MW history.
-The senior class of Laura Beach, Courtney Chacon and Kayla Slofkiss have won 85 games as Cowgirls. The 85 victories are third all-time as a class. Bridget Shanahan was the lone four-year senior a year ago and helped Wyoming win 88 games from 2012-15, while the 1983-86 teams won 86 games for UW.