Junior setter Courtney Chacon became just the ninth Cowgirl in school history to record at least 2,000 career assists, while Kayla Slofkiss and Bridget Shanahan each had double-digit kills to lead Wyoming past Utah State 3-1 (25-22, 20-25, 25-19, 25-19) on Saturday night for its sixth-consecutive victory. With the win against the Aggies, Wyoming (12-2 overall, 2-0 MW) begins MW play 2-0 for the first time since 2004.
The match, played in the UniWyo Sports Complex in front of a crowd of 1,313, saw Slofkiss tie a season high in kills with 14, as Shanahan added 11 for the Cowgirls. Slofkiss was one dig away from her team-leading seventh double-double of the season. Chacon recorded her fourth double-double of the year as she included 14 digs for UW. She finished the night with 22 assists and currently ranks ninth all-time with 2,014 career assists with the Cowgirls. It was also Chacon's seventh match of the season with at least 20 assists.
Senior Allison Waldvogel once again led Wyoming in digs as she posted a team-high 17 on the night. Every match this season, Waldvogel has either tied for the team lead or led Wyoming in digs. She also led the team with two service aces. Junior Laura Beach led UW with seven total blocks and blistered six kills for the Cowgirls against the Aggies, while freshman Mattison DeGarmo had a career-high six.
Freshman Cori Aafedt notched 20 assists for her fifth match with 20 or more assists this year. Reed Copeland and Emily Hines each added four kills for UW. DeGarmo and Copeland also had three blocks a piece for the Cowgirls.
It was a battle for both teams in every set, Wyoming was paced by Shanahan in the first frame as she recorded five kills to go along with four from Slofkiss. In the second, Laura Beach added four kills for UW but Utah State was able to gain momentum late to take the second set. After intermission, Chacon and Waldvogel had six and five digs, respectively, as Slofkiss added five of her kills. In the fourth and final set, Slofkiss again had five kills while Waldvogel chipped in six digs to seal the victory for Wyoming.
The Cowgirls will continue with Mountain West competition beginning on Thursday at San Diego State and then on Saturday against Nevada.