LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming volleyball team will begin its spring season this Friday, when it travels to Cheyenne for a 5 p.m. MT contest with Laramie County Community College.
The following weekend, UW will host Colorado State and Colorado on April 9. The match against the Rams will begin at 9:30 a.m., while competition against the Buffs will follow at 12:30 p.m. The Cowgirls will then travel to Denver for a matchup with the Pioneers on April 16, which is set to begin at 1 p.m.
To conclude the spring, Wyoming will host a nine-team tournament on April 23. The matches will begin at 9 a.m., in both the Arena-Auditorium and the UniWyo Sports Complex. Visiting teams will include Adams State, Casper College, Colorado Christian, CU-Colorado Springs, Eastern Wyoming, Metro State, Sheridan College and Western Nebraska Community College.
The 2016 Cowgirls will feature 12 letterwinners, two or which are returning All-Mountain West selections, and also the reigning MW Freshman of the Year. Laura Beach and Kayla Slofkiss were each named All-MW after their junior seasons. It marked the second all-conference award for Beach and first for Slofkiss. Beach ranked first on the team in hitting percentage at .337, which was fifth-best in the MW as she had 273 kills in 600 attempts. Slofkiss recorded the second-most double-doubles in the MW a year ago with 14. Additionally, she added a team-high 306 kills and 2.78 kills per set.
Reed Copeland became the third-ever Cowgirl to be named the MW Freshman of the Year. She not only led UW and the MW but finished first nationally in total blocks and blocks per set. Her 190 total blocks set a new MW record for blocks by a freshman and ranked third overall in the programs history in a single season. She was named the NCAA statistical champion with 1.68 blocks per set after her freshman campaign and averaged 1.73 blocks per set in conference play.
The Cowgirls finished the 2015 season with a 23-7 record and a 13-5 mark in conference. UW’s winning percentage (.767) was second best in Wyoming history, behind the 1989 team (24-7, .774), while the 13 conference wins were a program best.
April 1st - at LCCC (5 p.m.)
April 9th – vs. CSU (9:30am) and CU (12:30pm)
April 16th - at Denver (Postponed)
April 23rd - Spring tournament. Matches will be in the UniWyo
Spring Tournament Schedule
Court 1 Court 2
1 UW Adams State
2 WNCC UCCS
3 Metro State Eastern Wyoming
4 Casper College Colorado Christian
10am 1 v. 3
11am 2 v. 4
Noon 1 v. 2
1:30pm 3 v. 4
2:30pm 1 v. 4
3:30pm 2 v. 3