Wyoming Volleyball Set to Open Up Regular Season Play in Oregon

Aug. 27, 2008

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

First year head coach Carrie Yerty and the Wyoming volleyball team will open up the 2008 season this weekend on the road at the Corvallis Invitational, Friday-Saturday, August 29-30 in Corvallis, Ore. They will start things off on Friday, August 29, against the Oregon State Beavers, and then will take on the Portland State Vikings and College of Charleston Cougars the following night.

The Cowgirls return two starters and eight letterwinners to a squad, including senior setter Tasha Weishahn, that finished 12-14 overall and 6-10 in the Mountain West Conference a year ago. Weishahn averaged a team leading 12.46 assists and .39 service aces per game. Also back for the Cowgirls is returning starter Lauren Whitney, plus seniors Samantha Eley, Carissa Lee, junior Jessica Kagarise and sophomores Jenna Arneson, JennaRae Jester and Chantilly Watson. Wyoming welcomes four newcomers to the team as well.

The Cowgirls will start things off against the host school Oregon State Beavers, on Friday, August 29 at7 p.m. This will also be the first match of the season for the Beavers as well. They are led by Rachel Rourke who averaged 4.25 kills and was All-Pac 10 last season. Oregon State returns five starters and 11 letterwinners on a team that went 10-20 overall and 3-15 in the Pac 10 Conference a year ago. This is the fifth meeting between the two teams. Oregon State leads the series 3-1. The last time the two teams met was Sept. 13, 1997 as the Beavers defeated the Cowgirls 3-1. Oregon State is coached by Taras Liskevych who is in his fourth season with the program.

In their second match of the weekend, UW will play the Portland State Vikings, on Saturday, at 11 a.m. PSU will play the College of Charleston before taking on the Cowgirls. They are led by Marija Vojnovic who averaged 3.32 kills and 3.34 digs a year ago. They return five starters and nine letterwinners to a team that went 21-8 and 13-3 in the Big Sky Conference a year ago. This is the first meeting between the two schools. Portland State is coached by Michael Seemann who is in his second year with the program.

Wyoming will close out the weekend against the College of Charleston Cougars, on Saturday night, at 7 p.m. The Cougars will play Portland State and Oregon State before taking on the Cowgirls. They are led by Emily Swain who averaged 2.82 kills and 2.60 digs per game last season. College of Charleston returns two starters and eight letterwinners to a team that went 26-8 overall and 16-2 in the Southern Conference a year ago. This is the first meeting between the two teams. COC is coached by Jason Kepner who is in his second season with the program.