Sept. 11, 2013
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Friday, Sept. 13
5 p.m. MT - Wyoming at Indiana: GameTracker
Saturday, Sept. 14
8 a.m. MT - Wyoming vs. UAB: GameTracker
3 p.m. MT - Wyoming vs. Tennessee State: GameTracker
The Wyoming Cowgirls volleyball team (6-1 overall) continues its road swing this weekend heading to Bloomington, Ind., to take part in the Hoosier Classic hosted by Indiana. The Cowgirls open up play against Indiana (5-1 overall) on Friday night at 5 p.m. MT. Wyoming will close out play on Saturday with meetings with UAB (7-2 overall) at 8 a.m. MT and the first ever meeting against Tennessee State (1-2) at 3 p.m. MT.
The Cowgirls went 2-1 last weekend at the James Madison Classic in Harrisonburg, Va. UW opened the tournament with a four-set victory (25-15, 25-22, 23-25, 25-20) over host James Madison. The Cowgirls followed up with a three-game sweep of Presbyterian (25-13, 25-19, 27-25), as head coach Chad Callihan moved to 6-0 on the season, the best start for a first-year coach in Wyoming history. Wyoming closed action with a four-set loss (23-25, 25-19, 23-25, 16-25) to tournament champion CSU Bakersfield.
Seniors Reese Plante and Becky Stewart were each named to the All-Tournament Team. Stewart looks to make history in the next week as she is only 91 digs away from becoming the career digs leader at Wyoming. Stewart has 1,188 digs in her career, as she looks to pass former teammate Jodi Purdy's (2009-12) 1,278 career mark.
Indiana comes into the weekend sporting an impressive 5-1 overall record. The Hoosiers went 2-1 last weekend at the College of Charleston Invitational as they swept Coastal Carolina and South Carolina State. IU dropped the finale to College of Charleston, 3-1. Indiana hosted a tournament earlier this season at University Gymnasium as IU went 3-0 with wins over Kent State, Robert Morris and Rutgers. The Hoosiers are holding opponents to 9.5 kills per set as the Indiana offense is averaging 13.8 kills per frame. Indiana is led by Jordan Haverly, as the senior paces the offense with 2.88 kills per set. Awele Nwaeze follows her adding 2.85 kills per stanza. Defensively, Melanie Hicks leads the Hoosiers attack averaging of 5.00 digs per set.
The Blazers head to Bloomington with a 7-2 overall record. UAB was in action Tuesday night as the Blazers defeated Georgia State in three sets in a non-conference match up in Atlanta, Ga. Last weekend at the Middle Tennessee Invitational, the Blazers picked up a pair of wins as they swept North Dakota and Austin Peay. UAB dropped one match to Virginia Tech (3-1). The Blazer's only other loss on the season came to #4 Minnesota. UAB is led offensively by Sam Skinner, as the sophomore is averaging 4.00 kills per set. Skinner also adds 2.14 digs per set and 0.69 blocks per frame. Defensively, Rachel Fairbanks leads the team averaging 4.45 digs per set.
Tennessee State heads to Indiana with a 1-2 overall record. TSU was not in action last weekend, but opened its season two weeks ago at the South Alabama Tournament. The Tigers dropped their first two contests of the season to South Alabama (3-1) and Georgia Southern (3-0). TSU picked up its first win of the season against Southern Utah (3-1) in the tournament finale. TSU is led by All-Ohio Valley Conference performers Naomi Wells and Erika Moss. Wells is the offensive leader for TSU, as she is averaging 4.00 kills per frame. She also adds 2.91 digs per set defensively. Moss paces the offense averaging 10.64 sets per frame as the senior has dished out 117 assists on the season. Tennessee State was picked to finish third in the Ohio Valley Conference Eastern Division.