The University of Wyoming Cowgirl volleyball program will ride its current three-match win streak into the second weekend of Mountain West play. On Saturday, UW will face Utah State at 6 p.m. MT on Kirby Court at the Wayne Estes Center in Logan, Utah.
“When our team gets going, they are pretty consistent” UW head coach Chad Callihan said. “We have done a great job of understanding and having a sense of urgency. If you are able to get those 3-0 sweeps, it can have a big impact and save us some wear and tear throughout the season. It’s hard to pick up road wins in this league, so we realize the importance of protecting our home court. We have traveled to a few tough places already this season, but we know Utah State has a good home court advantage. It will come down to executing when we need to. In terms of venue and environment, it is very similar to what we have here at home.”
Wyoming will enter the match having swept its opening pair of MW matches last week. The Cowgirls (9-6 overall, 2-0 MW) defeated San Jose State on Thursday, before claiming victory over Fresno State on Saturday. Wyoming is hitting .214 (551-230-1500) this season with seniors Laura Beach and Kayla Slofkiss leading the attack with 116 kills each (2.42 kps). Sophomore Reed Copeland follows with 96 kills. Copeland was named the MW Defensive Player of Week and also leads UW with 62 total blocks (1.29 bps). Senior Courtney Chacon is averaging 8.21 assists per set and has totaled 394 on the year directing the Cowgirls attack. Junior Lily Austin has 163 digs for Wyoming, as Slofkiss has recorded 126.
So far this season, Utah State (6-7 overall, 1-1 MW) is hitting .230 (620-242-1642) with senior outside Kaylie Kamalu-Smith leading the way with 160 kills (3.56 kps). Junior outside hitter Lauren Anderson has joined Kamalu-Smith among the top-ten in kills in the MW with 154 total (3.28 kps). Senior setter Erica Moscoso is averaging 10.22 assists per set, which is fourth in the MW, while junior middle blocker Carly Lenzen has 49 total blocks (1.00 bps) on the year. Additionally, senior defensive specialist Hannah Gleason leads the Aggies with 186 digs (3.72 dps).
The live stream of the match will be available through GoWyo.com, and will also be available for viewing on the Mountain West Network at TheMW.com.