Wyoming to Open Conference Play at Air Force

Sept. 10, 2007


The Wyoming volleyball team will open up 2007 Mountain West Conference play this week as they travel to Colorado Springs to face the Air Force Academy Falcons. The match is slated for Tuesday, Sept. 11, beginning at 7 p.m.

Live stats of the match can be followed HERE.

"We are excited to start the conference season," said head coach Pat Stangle. "This match against Air Force has a lot of meaning. They are a much improved team, they are at home and have confidence heading in to this match. We need to take care of our side of the net and the things we can control."

Wyoming enters the week with a 5-3 (.625) overall record after posting a 2-1 mark at the Jayhawk Invitational this past weekend.

The Cowgirls are currently led by outside hitter Rachel Smith, who is averaging 4.67 kills, which is leading the MWC, and 2.67 digs per game. She is followed closely by senior Angie Hellbaum who is averaging 4.31 kills and 2.22 digs, while leading way with the .285 (155-48-375) hitting percentage. Both Smith and Hellbaum recently earned All-Tournament Team honors at the Jayhawk Invitational.

Setter Tasha Weishahn, who leads the team in assists with 12.68 per game, also had a solid weekend as she recorded 82 assists against Kansas. The 82 assists was not only a career high but is an all-time record in the MWC. As a team, UW is averaging 14.94 kills, 15.33 digs and has a .227 (538-220-1399) hitting percentage.

The Falcons are currently 5-4 overall and this will also be their first conference match. They are led by Katie Batchelder who is averaging three kills and 3.03 digs per game. She is followed by Caroline Kurtz who is adding 2.42 kills and 2.35 digs per game. Air Force returns all six starters and 14 letterwinners to a squad that went 3-25 overall and 0-16 in the MWC last season.

This is the 25th meeting ever between the two schools. Wyoming leads the series 19-5. The last time the two teams met was Oct. 28, 2006 as the Cowgirls defeated the Falcons 3-0. Air Force is coached by Penny Lucas White who is in her 12th season with the program and her 17th as a head coach.