Cowgirl Volleyball Begins Fall Practice

August 17, 1999

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

Preparation for the 1999 volleyballseason has begun for the University of Wyoming Cowgirl volleyball team.

The Cowgirls started their quest for the inaugural Mountain WestConference Volleyball title on Friday. They are practicing several timesa day, and head coach Susan Judge feels very good about her teamsworkouts so far.

"So far practice has been very upbeat," said Judge. "I think ouroverall outlook and attitude towards the season is good. The players areresponding well to the things we've asked them to do. There have beenpractices where we've learned a lot on how to change our intensity frompractice to match situations, which is one of our goals for thepreseason. We've had a really good team effort and people workingtogether, which is really exciting considering the team concept ofvolleyball."

"I've been really pleased with the middle positions. Rachel Lau hasreally taken on her role as a middle blocker very aggressively, and hassurpassed anything she might have done last season. Melody Friehaufcontinues to be one of our team favorites, as far as her experience andwhat she brings to the court. Overall, I think everyone is contributing,and it will be difficult to pick a starting line-up. But we have a lotof practices to go and those things will work themselves out."

Entering her fourth season with the Cowgirls, head coach Susan Judgewelcomes back seven letterwinners and two starters from a team that went16-14 overall and 10-3 to finish third in the conference last season.

The Cowgirls start their season on the road at the Wake Forest DeaconInvitational on Sept. 3-4. They will open up their home schedule onSept. 24 against Notre Dame.