Final 1998 Press Release

November 30, 1998


Cowgirls Finish up their season in Las Vegas:  The Cowgirl volleyball team finished up their season in Las Vegas, Nevada, as they competed  in the 1998 WAC Tournament.  The Cowgirls earned the WAC Mountain Division's #4 seed in the tournament.  This matched them up against Fresno State, the Pacific Division's #5 seed, in the first round. In the second round they faced the Pacific Division #1 seed in the BYU Cougars.

A Recap of Last Week: The Wyoming Cowgirls ended their season this last weekend by going 1-1, in defeating Fresno State and losing to BYU, both matches at the WAC Tournament. UW finished the season with a record of 16-14 overall, 10-4 in WAC matches.Wyoming's first match of the week was on Tuesday, Nov. 24, against the Fresno State Bulldogs. Game one was very competitve with no team really taking control. With the score tied at nine the Cowgirls would go on a 4-0 run to take a 13-9 lead. The Bulldogs would get as close as 13-11, but it wasn't enough as Wyoming would take the game 15-11. The Cowgirls would take control early of game two, jumping out to 7-3 lead. They would extend that lead to 13-6, but FSU never gave up going on a 6-2 run of their own. It would take Wyoming seven game points before finally winning the game 15-12. The Bulldogs would come out fired up in game three by taking the early lead 7-4. Wyoming would tie the score at eight and never fall behind again. The Cowgirls won the third game 15-10, to take the match 3-0.Wyoming was led by senior outside hitter Anne Stohrer, who had 13 kills, five digs and hit .357. The Cowgirls hit .237 for the match and had ten total blocks.The Cowgirls second match of the tournament was on Tuesday, Nov. 25, against nationally ranked Brigham Young Cougars, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Cowgirls played the Cougars tough in game one. The game would go back and forth, with BYU unable to shake the Cowgirls loose. Down 8-12, the Cowgirls would come back to tie BYU 13-13, but they just didn't have enough to finish falling 13-15 in game one. The Cougars showed their dominance in games two and three allowing the Cowgirls to score only eight total points in the final two games. Wyoming would fall 5-15, 3-15 to loose the match 0-3. The Cowgirls were led by sophomore middle blocker Melody Friehauf, who had 12 kills, two digs and hit .435 for the match. Wyoming hit only .147 for the match compared to BYU's .358. They would also finish the match with six total blocks.

Leading Weapons in the Cowgirl Attack: The top Wyoming players in key statistical categories for the 1998 season final cumulative statistics are as follows:KillsJami Laya (376, 3.58 kpg)Hitting PercentageMelody Friehauf (.303)AssistsAngel Whalen (1191, 11.68 apg)Service AcesJami Laya (29, .28 sapg)DigsJami Laya (317, 3.02 dpg)BlocksMelody Friehauf (153, 1.55 bpg)

Coaches Quotes: The following are quotes from head volleyball coach Susan Judge. About Fresno State: "I don't have anything but positive things to say about this match. We came outand played with a lot of enthusiasm. We played much better defensively than we have in the past. Overall, we played very well and I'm happy with their output." About BYU: "I would have liked to see us hold out momentum against a team like BYU, when we came up short in the first game. We let down and played with less intensity, which was a little disappointing. Overall, we had a good tournament and are glad to end the season on a good note."

Cowgirl players continue climb into the Top 10 in Career Catagories: Senior outside hitters Anna Parmely (Carlsbad, Calif.) and Jami Laya (Ranchester, Wyo.) finished their careers in the Top 10 in several different catagories. With 24 service aces this season, Parmely jumped from fourth place to second on the all-time career service aces list. Parmely has also moved into sixth place in career digs with 914, while Laya moves into fifth place with 938. Jami also climbed on the all-time career assists list with 209, which is eighth on the all-time list. She also ends her career ninth on the all-time career kills list.

Below is a list of career dig leaders in Wyoming volleyball history.1. Ronda Munger1,108(1984-87)2. Jil Robins1,033(1991-94)3. Erin Cantacessi1,002(1987-90)4. Chris Lambert949(1983-86)5. Jami Laya938(1995-98)6. Anna Parmely914(1995-98)7. Kim Smith866(1988-91)8. Tyree Leuthauser864(1989-92)9. Jill Jones857(1992-96)10.Melissa Sharp832(1991-94)

Below is a list of assist leaders in Wyoming volleyball history.1. Chris Lambert159(1983-86)2. Anna Parmely123(1995-98)3. Jil Robins 103(1991-94) Kim Smith103(1988-91)5. Jill Jones99(1992-96)6. Darcy Cudaback95(1986-89)7. Ginger Bruere92(1985-89)8. Erin Cantacessi91(1987-90)9. Jodie Aguirre90(1982-84)10.Krista Bashaw88(1989-92) Katie Donahue88(1984-88)

Below is a list of service aces leaders in Wyoming volleyball history.1. Chris Lambert4,767(1983-86)2. Kim Smith3,655(1988-91)3. Jil Robins 3,592(1991-94)4. Chris Lull2,609(1985-89)5. Lemia Astarabadi2,370(1995-96)6. V. Kiremidjian1,502(1993-97)7. Angel Whalen 1,191(1998- )8. Jami Laya209(1995-98)9. Erin Cantacessi172(1987-90)10.Melissa Sharp161(1991-94) Below is a list of block leaders in Wyoming volleyball history.1. Kristina Dzelme573(1993-96)2. Katie Donahue419(1984-88)3. Judy Peck 407(1988-91)4. Shelley Marlyst369(1984-87)5. Wende Brown364(1991-94)6. Jodie Aguirre335(1982-84)7. Jessica Zehr318(1996- )8. Darcy Cudaback311(1986-89)9. Chris Lambert307(1983-86)10.Melody Friehauf303(1997- )Judge Finishes Up Third Season As Wyoming Head Volleyball Coach: Susan Judge finishes her third year as the head coach of the Cowgirls. Judge came to Wyoming from Marshall University where she guided her team to a 1995 NCAA Tournament berth in only her second season as a head coach. She was originally hired at Marshall by current Wyoming Athletics Director Lee Moon.A 1991 graduate of Mississippi State University, Judge led Marshall to a 25-11 record in '95, a Southern Conference Championship and the school's first appearance in the NCAA Tournament. She earned Southern Conference Coach of the Year honors in '95. Judge recently married Wyoming head track and field coach Larry Judge in June.

Judge's Career Coaching RecordOverall RecordConference RecordWLPct.WLPct.19941221.364 68.42919952511.694122.85719961417.452 88 .50019971912.613104.71419981614.533104.750Totals8675.53446 26.639

1998 Cowgirl Schedule Featured Nine Teams That Earned Postseason Bids in '97: Wyoming's 1998 schedule featured nine teams that earned 1997 NCAA Tournament bids. UW's '98 Opponents in 1997 NCAA Field-Illinois State, Sacramento State, Pepperdine, Purdue, Florida Nebraska, Loyola-Marymount, Houston, Brigham Young

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 13 home matches during the 1998 season, the Cowgirls averaged 518 fans per match, with a season high of 762 against Idaho State.

1998 National Polls: Here are the national volleyball polls

USA Today/AVCA Volleyball MagazineTop 25 (Nov. 24)Top 20 (Nov. 16)1.Long Beach State1. Long Beach State2.Penn State2.Penn State3.Nebraska3.Nebraska4.Florida4.Stanford5.Stanford5.Brigham Young6.Brigham Young6.Texas7.Hawai'i7.Florida8.Wisconsin8.Hawai'i9.Pacific9.UC Santa Barbara10. UC Santa Barbara10.Pacific11.Southern Cal11.Southern Cal12.Texas12.Wisconsin13.Arkansas13.Colorado 14.Michigan State14.Arkansas15.UCLA15.San Diego16.San Diego16.Michigan State17.Colorado17.Loyola Marymount18.Texas A&M 18.UCLA19.Arizona19.Kansas State20.Kansas State20.Northern Iowa21.Illinois22.Texas Tech23.Louisville24.Northern Iowa25.Loyola Marymount

Laya earns Player of the Week honors: Senior outside hitter Jami Laya was named Mountain Division Player of the Week for the week of Nov. 9th. For the week, Laya recorded 23 kills (3.83 kpg), 25 digs (4.17 dpg), three total blocks, five assists and hit .377.

Cowgirls Ranked in the Top 20: The Wyoming Cowgirls are ranked among the Top 20 in the nation in team and individual blocks. For the week of Nov. 15, as a team they were ranked 17th averaging 3.10 blocks per game, while Cowgirl sophomore middle blocker Melody Friehauf is ranked 11th averaging 1.59 blocks per game.

Team BlocksWyoming (3.10 blocks per game)Individual BlocksMelody Friehauf (1.59 blocks per game)

Superlatives - IndividualHitting Percentage.857Jamie Burke vs Denver 9-11-98 Kills26Jami Laya vs Houston 11-1-98Attempts61Melody Friehuaf vs Houston 11-1-98Assists75Angel Whalen vs Houston 11-1-98Block Solos4Jami Laya vs Montana State 9-29-98Block Assists10Melody Friehauf vs Houston 11-1-98Total Blocks10Melody Friehauf vs Tulsa 10-29-98vs Houston 11-1-98Service Aces5Angel Whalen vs SMU 11-7-98Digs22Jami Laya vs UNLV 10-23-98

Superlatives - TeamHitting Percentage.400vs Idaho State 9-11-98 (64-12-130) Rice 10-2-98 (55-11-110)Kills85vs Houston 11-1-98Attempts270vs Houston 11-1-98Assists83vs Houston 11-1-98Block Solos9vs SMU 11-7-98Block Assists30vs Rice 10-2-98Total Blocks18vs Pepperdine 9-5-98Service Aces13vs TCU 10-10-98Digs89vs Houston 11-1-98Lowest Hitting Percentage Allowed-.061 vs Denver 9-11-98 (15-19-66)Fewest Kills Allowed15 vs Denver 9-11-98

Player Notes:#1 Molly Scavuzzo: Will be redshirting this season

#2 Melody Friehauf: Played in 29 of 30 matches for the Cowgirls this season...led the team in total blocks with 153, averaging 1.55 blocks per ranked third in blocks in overall matches (1.56) and in WAC matches (1.72) first on the team in hitting at .303, which ranks 13th in the WAC...averaged 3.20 kills per game, which is second on the team...was named the MVP of the Cowgirl Classic.

#3 Angel Whalen: Played in 29 matches for the Cowgirls at third on the team in digs averaging 2.27...led the team in assists (1191) and assists average (11.68) seventh in the WAC in assists in all matches and sixth in WAC matches (12.04).

#4 Jessica Zehr: Has played in 27 of 30 matches for the Cowgirls this season...finished third on the team with 83 blocks, for an average of .91 blocks per game...hit .276 overall, which is second on the team and 18th in the WAC...was third on the team in kills with 211, averaging 2.32 per game...also has 238 digs for the season, which is second on the team.

#5 Jamie Burke: Has seen action in 25 matches this season...has 60 kills, averaging 1.30 per game...hit .127 overall and .194 in WAC matches...third on the team in assists with ten...has eleven total blocks and 43 digs.

#6 Anne Stohrer: Played in all but one match this season for the Cowgirls...has 180 digs, averaging 1.80 per also averaging 2.30 kills per game, which is fourth on the hitting .208 overall, which is also fourth on the team...has 55 total blocks on the season.

#7 Carla Vandenbark: Saw action in twelve matches this season for the Cowgirls...has 17 kills, averaging .94 per game...has 13 total blocks on the year.

#10 Colette Perryman: Played in 15 matches this season including a start in one match...has five kills this season and is hitting .095...has 26 digs, averaging 1.24 per game.

#13 Anna Parmely: Played in 29 of 30 matches this season, starting in all of those fifth on the team in kills with 172, averaging 1.72 per game...has 212 digs, averaging 2.12 per game...has 24 service aces, which is third on the team...also has 56 total blocks on the hitting .105 in all matches.

#14 Marci Hammack: Played in every match for the Cowgirls this season, including a start against Florida...has 18 service aces on the season...has 224 digs, averaging 2.17 per game...has 19 kills on the season...had a career high five kills against Colorado State (10/16/98).

#15 Jami Laya: Started and played in every match this season...led the team in kills with 376, averaging 3.58 per game, which ranks tenth in all ranked sixth in kills in WAC matches with 3.76 per third on the team in hitting percentage at .268 overall...ranks first digs with 317 (3.02 dpg), eighth in overall matches and eighth in WAC matches (3.14 dpg) second on the team in assists with 95...was selected Mountain Division Player of the Week for the week of Nov. 9...was named to the All-Tournament team at the Wyoming Invitational, Cowgirl Classic and First Bank Classic in Lincoln, Neb.

#16 Rachel Lau: Had her first collegiate start against Florida (9-18-98)...has seen action in 28 of 30 matches for the Cowgirls...has 42 kills averaging .75 per fifth on the team in hitting percentage at .154...has 19 total blocks in 28 matches...also has 28 digs, averaging .50 per game.