UniWyo Cowgirl Classic On Tap For Wyoming Volleyball

Aug. 31, 2006

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The Wyoming volleyball team will open up the 2006 home season by hosting the UniWyo Cowgirl Classic beginning on Friday, Sept. 1, in the UniWyo Sports Complex. They will kick things off against the Southern Illinois Salukis on Friday morning at 11:00 a.m. followed by Birmingham Southern on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. The tournament will wrap up on Saturday, Sept. 2 as the Cowgirls will do battle against the New Orleans Privateers, on Saturday, Sept. 2, at 7:00 p.m.

Wyoming enters the week with a .667 (2-1) record after they defeated North Texas and UT Pan American, but fell to Texas State at the CenturyTel/Premier Classic in San Marcos, Texas last weekend. The Cowgirls are currently led by junior outside hitter Rachel Smith, who is averaging 4.80 kills and 2.50 digs per game. She is followed closely by freshman Annie Meyers who is averaging 4.50 kills and 4.10 digs on the year. As a team, they are averaging 16.70 kills, a league leading 19.90 digs and a .247 (167-58-441) hitting percentage.

Southern Illinois comes in to the tournament with a record of 1-2 overall. They are led by Johannah Yutzy, who is averaging 3.80 kills and 1.10 blocks per game. The Salukis return three starters and six letterwinners to a squad that went 10-18 overall and 6-12 in the Missouri Valley Conference a year ago. This is the fourth meeting between the two teams. SIU leads the series 2-1. The last time the two teams met was Sept. 11, 2004 in Carbondale, Ill. as the Salukis won the match 3-1. SIU is coached by Brenda Winkeler, who is in her second year with the program.

In the second match of the tournament, Wyoming will face the Birmingham Southern Panthers. They are currently 0-2 overall. BSU is led by Sarah Harris, who is averaging 3.14 kills per game. They return one starter and three letterwinners to a squad that went 14-15 overall and 6-8 in the Big South Conference a year ago. This is the first meeting ever between the two teams. Birmingham Southern is coached by Tonya Charland who is in her sixth season with the program.

Wyoming will wrap up the tournament with a match against the New Orleans Privateers, on Saturday, Sept. 1, at 7:00 p.m. UNO is currently 2-1 overall and will play two matches before playing the Cowgirls. They return six starters and 11 letterwinners to a squad that went 4-0 overall after a shortened season. This is the second meeting between the two teams. Wyoming leads the series 1-0. The last time the two teams met was Sept. 2, 1995 as the Cowgirls won the match 3-0. New Orleans is coached by Dana Launey who is in her second year as the head coach.

Ticket prices for single matches are $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for children or students without a Student I.D. All Wyoming students will be allowed free admission with their Wyoming Student I.D. You may also buy a UniWyo Classic Tournament Pass for the weekend, which are $14.00 for adults and $8.00 for children.