Preseason Press Release

August 28, 1998

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

Cowgirls Host First Tournament: The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball team will open up their season as they host the Wyoming Invitational on Sept 4 and 5. The Cowgirls will host Illinois State on Friday night, Sacramento State at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, and then host Pepperdine to close out the tournament Saturday night at 7:30 p.m.

About Illinois State: The Cowgirls host the Illinois State Redbirds in their first match of the Wyoming Invitational. The Redbirds are led by setter Marisa Brickley, who led the team last season in assists averaging 12.85 per game, and was named the Missouri Valley Player of the Year. Senior outside hitter Michelle Kutcher returns as the Redbirds kill leader with 3.81 per game. This is the sixth meeting between the two schools,Illinois State leads the series 4-1. They are coached by Julie Morgan, who is in her 12th season.

About Sacramento State: In the Cowgirls second match of the tournament they will face the Sacramento State Hornets. Sacramento State is led by returning first-team all-Big Sky Conference player Carissa Buie. She averaged 4.05 kills and 4.38 digs per game. Junior setter Maureen Rafferty also returns for the Hornets after averaging 13.26 assists per game. This will be the second meeting between the two schools, Sacramento State leads the series 1-0. The Hornets are coached by Debby Colberg. She is entering her 23rd season at Sacramento State.

About Pepperdine: In their final match of the tournament the Cowgirls will host the Pepperdine Waves. The Waves are led by returning junior middle blocker Jamie Hill, who recorded 396 kills, 85 blocks and hit .357 last season. Senior outside hitter Kristin Lee also returns for the Waves after she recorded 220 kills and 274 digs. This is the fourth time these two teams have ever meet, Wyoming trails in the series 0-3. The Waves are coached by Nina Matthies, who is in her 16th season.

Probable Starters:

The probable starters for this week's matches are:SetterAngel WhalenMiddle BlockerMelody FriehaufMiddle BlockerJessica ZehrOutside HitterAnna ParmelyOutside HitterJami LayaRight-side HitterAnne Stohrer

1998 RecordA Year Ago

Wyoming0-0 (0-0)19-12 (10-4)Illinois State0-0 (0-0)24-9 (17-1)Sacramento St. 0-0 (0-0)23-9 (13-3)Pepperdine0-0 (0-0) 23-6 (11-3)

Team CapsulesIllinois State, Fri., Sept. 4, Laramie, Wyo., 7:30 p.m.Wyoming Series Record vs. Wyoming trails 1-41998 Overall Record0-01998 Conference Record0-01997 Overall Record24-91997 Conference Record17-1 (1st)ConferenceMissouri ValleyHead CoachJulie MorganAlma MaterUtah State '82Record at School (Years)250-109 (11)Career Record (Years)310-156 (13)Letterwinners Returning/Lost 7/4Starters Returning/Lost4/2Sports Information ContactTom LamonicaSports Information Office Phone (309) 438-5746

Sacramento St., Sat., Sept. 5, Laramie, Wyo., 1:30 p.m.Wyoming Series Record vs.Wyoming trails 0-11998 Overall Record0-01998 Conference Record0-01997 Overall Record23-91997 Conference Record13-3 (T-1st)ConferenceBig SkyHead CoachDebby ColbergAlma MaterSacramento St. '70Record at School (Years)585-195 (22)Career Record (Years)sameLetterwinners Returning/Lost9/4Starters Returning/Lost5/1Sports Information ContactBill MacrissSports Information Office Phone(916) 278-6896

Pepperdine, Sat., Sept. 5, Laramie, Wyo., 7:30 p.m.Wyoming Series Record vs.Wyoming trails 0-31998 Overall Record0-01998 Conference Record0-01997 Overall Record23-61997 Conference Record11-3 (2nd)ConferenceWest CoastHead CoachNina MatthiesAlma MaterUCLA '75Record at School (Years)266-200 (15)Career Record (Years)sameLetterwinners Returning/Lost6/6Starters Returning/Lost3/3Sports Information ContactMichael ZapolskiSports Information Office Phone(310) 456-4333

Leading Weapons in the Cowgirl Attack: The top Wyoming players in key statistical categories for the 1997 season cumulative statistics were as follows:KillsJessica Zehr (330, 3.08 kpg)Hitting Percentage Melody Friehauf (.263)AssistsVanessa Kiremidjian (1124, 12.48 apg)Service AcesJessica Zehr (39, .36 sapg)DigsJami Laya (352, 3.14 dpg)BlocksMelody Friehauf (150, 1.49 bpg)

Cowgirls Return Eight Letterwinners and Four Starters in '98: The Wyoming Cowgirls welcome back eight letterwinners and four starters to the 1998 squad this fall. UW loses three seniors, two of which started for Wyoming in 1997. In all, the Cowgirls will return nine members from the 1997 squad. SeniorsJami Laya, OH, 5-10, Ranchester, Wyo.Anna Parmely, OH, 5-11, Carlsbad, Calif.Anne Stohrer, OH, 6-0, Buffalo, Wyo.JuniorsColette Perryman, OH, 5-9, Laramie, Wyo.Jessica Zehr, MB, 6-2, Green River, Wyo.SophomoresJamie Burke, RS, 5-10, Steamboat Springs, Colo.Melody Friehuaf, 6-2, MB, 6-2, Windsor, Colo.Marci Hammack, OH, 5-9, Redmond, Ore.Redshirt FreshmanCarla Vandenbark, MB, 6-0, Ft. Collins, Colo.NewcomersJenni Corrigan, OH, 5-10, Carbondale, Colo.Rachel Lau, 6-2, MB, Redwood City, Calif.Molly Scavuzzo, 6-1, OH/RS, Overland Park, Kan.Angel Whalen, 5-8, S, Spokane, Wash.

Coach's Quotes: Quotes from University of Wyoming head volleyball coach Susan Judge. About This Week: "Certainly, this first tournament is going to be actioned packed with excellent competitiors. Pepperdine in the preseason polls have been ranked 25th in the country, while Sacramento State and Illinois State have received votes. I feel that has to do with their presence in the NCAA Tournament last year. I think they will bring a high level of competition to the MPG, and we certainly don't have any expectations of losing on our home court. We will be relying heavily on our seniors, I've been publicizing them all along, because they bring a great deal to why we can be successful. Our other returners, Jessica Zehr and Melody Friehauf are bringing back a large amount of experience on a team that was successful last season. The air is very positive in practices and the work ethic is high, so we're going to be prepared. We will have a different complextion, due to the fact we have a new setter, which will be an area we will have to spend more time on ironing out some imperfections. I think Angel (Whalen) will do an excellent job of setting, and she's already started to connect with our hitters more everyday."

1997 Wyoming Honorees

Second Team All-Western Athletic ConferenceMountain DivisionJami Laya, Outside Hitter

WAC Academic All-Conference Melody Friehuaf, 3.26 Math EducationTyler Marshall, 3.36 Exercise PhysiologyJulie Overton, 3.89 Physical Education-TeachingAnna Parmely, 3.33 MarketingColette Perryman, 3.20 Speech, Language & Hearing ScienceAnne Stohrer, 3.68 Speech, Language and Hearing Science

WAC Scholar-AthletesMelody Friehauf, 3.26 Math EducationTyler Marshall, 3.36 Exercise PhysiologyJulie Overton, 3.89 Physical Education-TeachingAnna Parmley, 3.33 MarketingColette Perryman, 3.20 Speech, Language & Hearing ScienceAnne Stohrer, 3.68 Speech, Language & Hearing Science

WAC Player of the WeekJessica Zehr, Nov. 12, 1998

Packing the House: Wyoming volleyball fans continue to be among the nation's best. In 1995 an average of 989 fans turned out for 15 home matches to rank UW 22nd nationally in volleyball attendance. That was the seventh consecutive season that Wyoming ranked among the nation's Top 25 in home attendance. The season high match was a crowd of 3,973 that turned out for UW's match against eventual National Champion Nebraska. That was the second largest single-match crowd in Wyoming Volleyball history. In 10 matches during the 1997 season, the Cowgirls averaged 553 fans per match, with a season high of 665 against Fresno State.

1998 Cowgirl Schedule Features Nine Teams That Earned Postseason Bids in '97: Wyoming's 1998 schedule features nine teams that earned NCAA Touranment bids. UW's '98 Opponents in NCAA-Illinois State, Sacramento State, Pepperdine, Purdue, Florida Nebraska, Loyola-Marymount, Houston, Brigham Young

1998 National Polls: Here are the most recent national preseason volleyball polls.

USA Today/AVCA Volleyball MagazineTop 25 (Aug. 11)Top 20 (Aug. 11)1.Penn State1.Long Beach State2.Long Beach State2.Penn State3.Southern Cal3.Texas4.Stanford4.Southern Cal5.Nebraska5.Stanford6.Florida6.Nebraska7.Wisconsin7.Pacific8.Brigham Young        8.Colorado9.Texas9.UC Santa Barbara10. UC Santa Barbara        10.Brigham Young11.Pacific11.Florida12.Colorado12.Wisconsin13.Ohio State13.Arkansas14.Hawai'i14.UCLA15.Arkansas15.Hawai'i16.Notre Dame16.Michigan State17.Michigan State        17.Washington State18.UCLA18.Oral Roberts19.Texas A&M19.Florida State20.Loyola-Marymount                20.Washington21.San Diego22.Washington State23.Washington24.Florida State25.Pepperdine