Cowgirl Volleyball to Make Texas Trip

Sept. 8, 2005

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The Wyoming volleyball team will play in their final tournament of the non-conference season this weekend at the Mean Green Classic in Denton, Texas. They will kick things off on Friday against the Prairie View A&M Lady Panthers, at 10:00 a.m. MT, followed by the North Texas Mean Green, at 6:00 p.m. MT, on Friday night, Sept. 9. The Cowgirls will close things out against Centenary College, on Saturday, Sept. 10, at Noon MT.

Wyoming enters the week with a .500 (2-2) record after they split against Boise State and Northern Colorado last weekend in the UniWyo Cowgirl Classic. The Cowgirls are currently led by sophomore outside hitter Rachel Smith, who is averaging 3.94 kills and 2.62 digs per game. She is followed closely by Andrea Seele who is hitting .253 (43-19-95) on the year while adding 2.69 kills per game. Freshman Carissa Lee, who currently ranks second in the MWC, is averaging 4.75 digs per game. As a team, they are averaging conference leading 17.19 digs per game and 13.62 kills per game.

Prairie View A&M enters this weekend with an overall record of 2-3. Shannon Harrison is averaging 3.19 digs and two kills per game. They return five starters and nine letterwinners to a squad that went 12-26 overall and 6-3 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference a year ago. This is the first meeting ever between the two teams. Prairie View A&M is coached by Alicia Pete, who is in her eighth year with the program.

North Texas comes in to this weekend's tournament with an overall record of 0-6. Freshman Rachel Raley is averaging 2.85 kills and 2.25 digs per game. They return four starters and eight letterwinners to a squad that went 7-23 overall and 6-9 in the Sun Belt Conference a year ago. This is the first meeting ever between the two teams. North Texas is coached by Cassie Headrick, who is in her fifth year with the program.

The Centenary College Ladies come in to the weekend with an overall mark of 3-4. Senior Tracee Byrd leads the way with 2.83 kills and three digs per game. The Ladies are hitting .123 (287-182-855) as a team, while averaging 11.96 kills per game. They return five starters and seven letterwinners to a team that finished 6-30 overall and 0-14 in the Mid-Continent Conference. This is the first meeting between the two schools. The Ladies are coached by Jenny Hazelwood, who is in her fourth year with the program.