COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 7, 2016) – Wyoming’s Kayla Slofkiss and Madi Fields have been named this week’s Mountain West Volleyball Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively. The tandem led UW to a pair of home victories against New Mexico and UNLV this past weekend.
The wins extended the Cowgirls win streak to five as it improved to 17-9 overall and 10-3 in league play, good for third place in the MW standings. This is the first career player of the week honor for Slofkiss and the second for Fields, as she won the defensive award last week. It also marks the first time that Wyoming has ever swept the weekly honors.
Over the weekend, Slofkiss became the 11th Cowgirl in school history to record at least 1,000 career kills. The Aurora, Colo., native finished the match against UNLV with eight kills, four digs and three total blocks to help guide UW over the Rebels. Against the Lobos, the senior recorded her fourth double-double of the season with 14 kills and 13 digs. It was the tenth match this season for Slofkiss with double-digit kills and ninth with at least ten digs. She also tied her season-high six blocks. Additionally, with four digs against UNLV she is now the fourth-ever Cowgirl with at least 1,000 kills and 900 digs.
Fields played a key defensive role in helping the Cowgirls win a pair of matches over the weekend. The Oceanside, Calif., native had a season-high 20 digs for Wyoming against New Mexico. She also had four assists and led both squads with four service aces. It was the 11th match of the year for the freshman with at least ten digs and also the seventh in a row at the time. She then added seven digs against UNLV on Saturday.
Slofkiss had 22 total kills (3.14 kps) during the two matches. She also recorded 17 digs (2.43 dps) and nine total blocks (1.29 bps). Fields posted a team-best four service aces and also led UW with 27 digs (3.86 dps) against New Mexico and UNLV.
Wyoming will hit the road for its next three matches. UW will face Nevada and San Diego State this week before a matchup at Air Force on Nov. 16.