2000 Cowgirl Volleyball Informational Press Release And Game Notes

Sept. 12, 2000

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

2000 COWGIRL VOLLEYBALL

Probable Starters: Here are the probable starters for this week'smatches:
Setter Katy Brown (189, 9.00 aspg)
Middle Blocker Rachel Lau (40, 1.31 bpg)
Rightside Hitter Barbie Bragg (38, 1.46 dpg)
Outside Hitter Michele Rauter 12, .43 sapg)
Outside Hitter Jamie Burke (101, 3.48 kpg)
Def. Specialist Katie Jarman (40, 1.38 dpg)

Cowgirls Open Up Home Schedule: The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball team willopen up their home season this weekend with two non-conference match-upsand the Cowgirl Classic. They will host Utah State on Thurs. night at7:00 p.m. in the MPG. Wyoming will then host Pittsburgh, Xavier, andUW-Green Bay, on Friday and Saturday, at the Cowgirl Classic. They willclose out the weekend on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. against Loyola-Chicago.

About Last Week: The Cowgirls wrapped up their weekend at the PantherInvitational with a 2-1 record, which moved them to 4-4 overall. Theystarted off the weekend with a 3-0 loss (6-15, 12-15, 13-15) to the hostteam UW-Milwaukee in the opening match of the Panther Invitational onFriday night. The Cowgirls seem to start out the match slowly andstruggled to gain their footing, which allowed the home team to take theearly 9-2 lead. Scoring only four more points in the game, the Pantherstook a 15-6 first game victory. Wyoming managed to stay close in gametwo, but once again UW-Milwaukee jumped on the Cowgirls mistakes. Down13-6, a very determined Cowgirl team put up a fight to close the gap to13-12, but fell just short to go down 0-2 in the match. Unfortunately, acomeback wasn't in the cards tonight with a 15-13 win by the Panthers.The Cowgirls made it close leading at one point 13-12, but it was tolittle to late. Sophomore middle blocker Larissa Cattanach led the wayfor UW-Milwaukee (11 kills and four blocks) and Laura Dallenbach (12kills, .280%), to move to 3-1 overall on the season. Wyoming was led bysenior middle blocker Melody Friehauf, who finished the match with ninekills, five block assists and a .438 hitting percentage. Jamie Burkealso added nine kills and seven digs. In the second two matches of theweekend, the Cowgirls evened up their record today with victories overAustin Peay and Portland to finish out the Panther Invitational onSaturday in Milwaukee. Wyoming defeated Austin Peay 3-0 (15-13, 15-10,15-9) in the first match of the day. The Cowgirls were led by JamieBurke, who finished with 15 kills and nine digs. Michele Rauter alsoadded 11 kills and 17 digs for the match. They finished the matchhitting .264 and a season high 15 total team blocks. In the second matchof the day, the Cowgirls notched a 3-1 (15-4, 15-10, 9-15, 15-12)victory against the Portland Pilots. Wyoming was led by senior MelodyFriehauf, who finished the match with 13 kills, four service aces andfive block assists. Jamie Burke also had a nice match with 10 kills, twoservice aces and 13 digs. As a team the Cowgirls hit .219 with 49 killsand 12 total team blocks.

About Utah State: The Cowgirls open up their weekend by hosting the UtahState Aggies. They head into the weekend with a 4-3 overall record. UtahState is led by Amy Crosbie, who is averaging four kills and 2.33 digsper game. This is the 23rd meeting between the two schools, Wyo. leads13-9. The Aggies are coached by Tom Peterson, who is in his secondseason at the school.

About Xavier: Wyoming will open up the Cowgirl Classic with the XavierMuskateers on Friday night. They are 4-3 overall coming into theweekend. Sara Bachus leads the team with 4.65 kills and 3.10 digs pergame. This is the first meeting between the two schools. Xavier iscoached by Floyd Deaton, who is in his 11th season.

About Pittsburgh: The second match of the weekend will see the Cowgirlsagainst Pittsburgh. The Panthers are 5-3 overall this season. They areled by Stacy Renick, who is averaging 4.46 kpg and hitting .260 on theyear. This is the second meeting between the two schools, Pittsburghleads 1-0. The Panthers are coached by Chris Beerman, who enters hisfirst season at Pittsburgh.

About UW-Green Bay: The Cowgirls will close out the tournament againstUW-Green Bay. The Phoenix are 1-5 coming into this week's competition.Angie Sobocinski is averaging 3.63 kpg and three digs per game. This isthe second meeting between the two schools, Wyoming leads 1-0. ThePhoenix are coached by Debbie Kirch, who is in her fourth season.

About Loyola-Chicago: Wyoming will wrap up the weekend againstLoyola-Chicago on Sunday afternoon. The Ramblers are 3-3 overall on theseason. They will be at the Coors Invitational in Ft. Collins, prior toplaying the Cowgirls. This is the second meeting between the twoschools, Wyoming trails 0-1. Loyola is coached by Liz Nelson, who is inher fourth season.

               2000 Record  A Year AgoWyoming        4-4 (0-0)    9-21   (3-11)Utah State     4-3 (0-0)    14-12 (11-5)Xavier         4-3 (0-0)    23-11 (13-5)Pittsburgh     5-3 (0-0)    11-11 (4-7)UW-Green Bay   1-5 (0-0)    4-27   (0-12)Loyola-Chicago 3-3 (0-0)    24-10  (10-2)

Team CapsulesUtah State, Fri., Sept. 15, Laramie, Wyo., 4:00 p.m. Wyoming Series Record vs. Wyoming leads 13-9 2000 Overall Record 4-3 2000 Conference Record 0-0 1999 Overall Record 14-12 1999 Conference Record 11-5 (1st) Conference Big West Head Coach Tom Peterson Alma Mater BYU '78 Record at School (Years) 14-12 (One) Career Record (Years) 221-99 (10) Letterwinners Returning/Lost 7/4 Starters Returning/Lost 3/3 Sports Information Contact Doug Hoffman Sports Information Office Phone (435) 797-3714

Xavier, Sat., Sept. 16, Laramie, Wyo., 10:30 a.m. Wyoming Series Record vs. First Meeting 2000 Overall Record 4-3 2000 Conference Record 0-0 1999 Overall Record 23-8 1999 Conference Record 13-5 (3rd) Conference Atlantic 10 Head Coach Floyd Deaton Alma Mater W. Liberty St. '78 Record at School (Years) 212-129 (10) Career Record (Years) Same Letterwinners Returning/Lost 12/3 Starters Returning/Lost 5/1 Sports Information Contact Adam Coffaro Sports Information Office Phone (513) 745-3416

Pittsburgh, Sat., Sept. 16, Laramie, Wyo., 6:00 p.m. Wyoming Series Record vs. Wyoming trails 0-1 2000 Overall Record 5-3 2000 Conference Record 0-0 1999 Overall Record 11-11 1999 Conference Record 4-7 (T-7th) Conference Big East Head Coach Chris Beerman Alma Mater Ball St. '91 Record at School (Years) First year Career Record (Years) 90-36 (four) Letterwinners Returning/Lost 8/4 Starters Returning/Lost 3/3 Sports Information Contact Melissa Androutsos Sports Information Office Phone (412) 648-8242

UW-Green Bay, Sat., Sept. 16, Laramie, Wyo., 6:00 p.m. Wyoming Series Record vs. Wyoming leads 1-0 2000 Overall Record 1-5 2000 Conference Record 0-0 1999 Overall Record 4-27 1999 Conference Record 0-12 (7th) Conference Mideastern Collegiate Head Coach Debbie Kirch Alma Mater Denver '88 Record at School (Years) 11-83 (three) Career Record (Years) same Letterwinners Returning/Lost 7/2 Starters Returning/Lost 5/1 Sports Information Contact Brian Nicol Sports Information Office Phone (920) 465-2498

Loyola-Chicago, Sun., Sept. 17, Laramie, Wyo., 1:00 p.m. Wyoming Series Record vs. Wyoming trails 0-1 2000 Overall Record 3-3 2000 Conference Record 0-0 1999 Overall Record 24-10 1999 Conference Record 10-2 (2nd) Conference Mideastern Collegiate Head Coach Liz Nelson Alma Mater Wisconsin '92 Record at School (Years) 62-38 (three) Career Record (Years) same Letterwinners Returning/Lost 10/4 Starters Returning/Lost 4/2 Sports Information Contact Leo Krause Sports Information Office Phone (773) 508-2497

Judge Enters Fifth Season As Wyoming Head Volleyball Coach: Susan Judgeenters her fifth year as the head coach of the Cowgirls. She has coachedfour All-Conference players in her time at Wyoming, including Jami Layaand Melody Friehauf. Judge came to Wyoming from Marshall Universitywhere she guided her team to a 1995 NCAA Tournament berth in only hersecond season as a head coach. She was originally hired at Marshall bycurrent Wyoming Athletics Director Lee Moon.

A 1991 graduate of Mississippi State University, Judge led Marshall toa 25-11 record in '95, a Southern Conference Championship andtheschool's first appearance in the NCAA Tournament. She earned SouthernConference Coach of the Year honors in '95.

Judge's Career Coaching Record       Overall Record  Conference Record       W  L   Pct.     W  L   Pct.1994   12 21 .364       6  8 .4291995   25 11 .694      12  2 .8571996   14 17 .452       8  8 .5001997   19 12 .613      10  4 .7141998   16 14 .533      10  4 .7141999    9 21 .300       3 11 .2142000    4  4 .500       0  0 .000Totals 99 100 .497     49 37 .570

Coach's Quotes: Quotes from University of Wyoming head volleyball coachSusan Judge. About UW-Milwaukee: "This was a disappointing loss forthe Cowgirls. I had hoped to come out with a lot more fire and zest inour play coming off of our victory against UT-Arlington. Jamie Burkeplayed very aggressively, and it was nice to see her play with thatintensity. Jansen Siplon came in and played very hard, and MelodyFriehauf also put up some good numbers. There just wasn't enoughchemistry tonight, and unfortunately that is going to be a key to oursuccess." About Austin Peay/Portland: "I'm certainly pleased to have twovictories under our belt, and to be going home .500. I think MelodyFriehauf had a very nice day offensively, and really helped us pick upour blocking with her effort. I was pleased with the way we came back inthe second match of the day, and play competitive volleyball and takecontrol of the match. Overall, we played more aggressively over theweekend, which was something we needed to accomplish in thistournament."

KLDI Radio 1210 AM to BroadcastCowgirl Home Matches Live: For the sixth season,Wyoming Volleyball home matches will bebroadcast live on KLDI Radio 1210 AM in Laramie. Broadcasts will beginapproximately 10 minutes prior to match time and will include a prematchshow featuring interviews with Cowgirl head coach Susan Judge. KLDIwill also conduct a brief postgame show following Cowgirl matches. Theventure is also planned to include Cowgirl Basketball home games againthis year.

Leading Weapons in the Cowgirl Attack: The top Wyoming players in keystatistical categories from the 1999 season cumulative statistics are asfollows:
Kills Jamie Burke (101, 3.48 kpg)
Hitting Percentage Melody Friehauf (.389)
Assists Stefanie Snyder (189, 9.0 apg)
Service Aces Michele Rauter (12, .43 sapg)
Digs Jamie Burke (84, 2.90 dpg)
Blocks Rachel Lau (40, 1.38 bpg)

Cowgirls Picked Seventh in 2000 MWC Preseason Coaches' Poll: A vote ofMountain West Conference Volleyball Coaches' picked the University ofWyoming to finish seventh in the 2000 Mountain West Conference race.Brigham Young and Colorado State each received four first-place votes toheadline the preseason poll.

2000 MWC Preseason Coaches Poll

1. Brigham Young Colorado State3. Utah4. San Diego St UNLV6. New Mexico7. Wyoming8. Air Force

UW 2000 Record BreakdownOverallathome..........................0-0

away..........................1-2

neutral.......................3-2

Conferenceathome..........................0-0

away..........................0-0

Longest winning streak........2gamesLongest losingstreak........................2 gamesWyoming hitting%.............................193Opponents hitting%.............................165Avg. kills forseason........................13.24Avg. assists forseason........................12.62Avg. service aces forseason........................1.86Avg. blocks forseason........................2.83Avg. digs pergame..........................12.24

Cowgirls Return Three Starters and Four Letterwinners in 2000: TheWyoming Cowgirls welcome back four letterwinners and three starters tothe 2000 squad this fall.

Seniors  Barbie Bragg, 6-0, OH, Ft. Morgan, Colo.  Jamie Burke, 5-10, OH, Steamboat Springs, Colo.  Melody Friehuaf, 6-2, MB, Windsor, Colo. Juniors  Rachel Lau, 6-2, MB, Redwood City, Calif.  Lori Sanford, 6-4, MB, Chadron, Neb. Sophomores  Stefanie Snyder, 5-9, S, Alexandria, Minn. Redshirt Freshman  Jansen Siplon, 6-1, OH/MB, Casper, Wyo. Newcomers  Katy Brown, 5-10, S, West Covina, Calif.  Katie Jarman, 5-9, DS, Provo, Utah  Mandi Kerr, 6-2, MB, Laramie, Wyo.  Shannon Patrick, 5-9, DS, Claksville, Maryland  Michele Rauter, 5-10, OH, Vancouver, B.C.  Melissa Robinett, 6-3, MB/RS, El Paso, Texas  Megan Shuster, 5-10, DS, Laramie, Wyo.

1999 Wyoming Honorees

First Team All-Mountain West ConferenceMelody Friehauf, Middle Blocker

MWC Academic All-ConferenceMelody Friehauf, 3.51, Math Education Rachel Lau, 3.42, Sociology Angel Whalen, 3.21, Elementary Education Michele Keller, 3.53, Pre-Pharmacy Aynsley Laluk, 3.41, Physical Education

MWC Scholar-AthletesMelody Friehauf, Math EducationMichele Keller, Pre-PharmacyAynsley Laluk, Physical EducationRachel Lau, SociologyAngel Whalen, Elementary Education

MWC Players of the WeekMelody Friehauf, Sept. 27 and Nov. 15

2000 Cowgirl Schedule Features Seven Teams That Earned Postseason Bidsin '99: Wyoming's 2000 schedule features seven teams that earned NCAATouranment bids. UW's 2000 Opponents in NCAA - Brigham Young, Colorado State,Loyola-Chicago, Loyola-Marymount, Notre Dame, Utah, UW-Milwaukee

2000 National Polls: Here is most recent national volleyball poll.

USA Today/AVCATop 25 (Sept. 4) 1.  Stanford (20) 2.  Long Beach State (17) 3.  UCLA (10) 4.  Nebraska (7) 5.  Penn State (2) 6.  Hawai'i (3) 7.  Colorado State (1)* 8.  USC 9.  Pepperdine 10. Minnesota 11. Pacific 12. Florida 13. UC Santa Barbara 14. Arizona 15. Wisconsin 16. Michigan State 17. Brigham Young* 18. Texas A&M 19. Baylor 20. Kansas State 21. Loyola Marymount* 22. Notre Dame* 23. Texas 24. University of San Diego 25. Michigan*-indicates teams on Wyoming's 2000 schedule.

Friehauf Continues Climb into the Record Book: Senior middle blockerMelody Friehauf has continued her move into the Wyoming Top 10 in blocksand kills during the 2000 season. With 144 total blocks last year,Friehuaf jumped from tenth place to second on the all-time career blockslist in 1999. She surpassed Katie Donahue for second place on the list.She currently has 38 season, and 485 in her career. She is also movedinto the top ten in kills at number five with 1,059 kills. Friehuaf,from Windsor, Colo., is a three-year starter and two-time All-ConferencePlayer. She was named the MWC Player of the Week twice, and earnedAll-Tournament honors three times.

2000 Superlatives - IndividualHitting Percentage.536   Melody Friehauf vs UT-Arlington, 9-4-00

Kills20 Jamie Burke vs UT-Arlington, 9-4-00

Attempts46 Jamie Burke vs UT-Arlington, 9-4-00

Assists43 Stefanie Snyder vs Oregon, 9-1-00 Katy Brown vs UT-Arlington, 9-4-00

Block Solos2 Rachel Lau vs UT-San Antonio, 9-1-00 Jamie Burke vs UT-Arlington, 9-4-00

Block Assists8 Rachel Lau vs UT-Arlington, 9-4-00

Total Blocks8 Rachel Lau vs UT-Arlington, 9-4-00

Service Aces4 Michele Rauter vs Sam Houston State, 9-2-00

Digs17 Michele Rauter vs. Austin Peay, 9-9-00

2000 Superlatives - TeamHitting Percentage.325 vs Sam Houston State (40-13-83), 9-2-00

Kills64 vs UT-Arlington, 9-4-00

Attempts174 vs UT-Arlington, 9-4-00

Assists51 vs Austin Peay, 9-9-00

Total Blocks15 vs Austin Peay, 9-9-00

Service Aces13 vs Portland, 9-9-00

Digs56 vs UT-Arlington, 9-4-00

Player Notes:

#2 Melody Friehauf: A returning three-year starter for the Cowgirlsthis season...has played in all eight matches for the Cowgirls,including one start...currently leads the team in hitting percentage at.389, second in blocks and kills with 1.31 blocks and 2.86 kills pergame...had 15 kills against UT-Arlington (9/4/00)...earnedAll-Tournament honors at the Panther Invitational.

#3 Katy Brown: A total team player, who has blended well with herteammates..has played in six of eight matches this season, includingfour starts...has 189 assists (9.00 aspg) on the season, plus .158hitting percentage...is also averaging two digs per game...had a careerhigh 43 assists against UT-Arlington (9/4/00).

#4 Michele Rauter: A real power hitter, who adds depth to the outsidehitter position...has seven starts in eight matches for theCowgirls...her first collegiate start game against Oregon (9/1/00)...iscurrently third on the team in kills averaging 2.79 per game, plus with12 service aces has the most on the team...had a season and career high15 kills Oregon (9/1/00)...plus a career high 17 digs against AustinPeay (9/9/00).

#5 Jamie Burke: One of three returning starters to this year'steam...as a senior, brings the most experience to the outside hitterposition...has played in all eight matches for the Cowgirls this season,including seven starts...leads the team in kills and digs with 3.48 kpgand 2.90 dpg...finished the UT-Arlington match with 20 kills, 14 digsand a .326 hitting percentage.

#6 Melissa Robinett: A strong athlete, who can play at severalpositions on the floor...should be able to compete and contribute in herfirst season, but will need to adjust to the tempo of the sets run...hasexcellent ball handling skills for a taller player...has yet to seeaction this season.

#7 Shannon Patrick: A good athlete with excellent skills...a walk-on tothis year's squad...adds depth to the outside hitter position...hasplayed in seven of eight matches this season...is averaging 1.05 digsper contest.

#8 Barbie Bragg: One of three seniors on the 2000 Cowgirl squad...earneda scholarship this season after walking on in 1999...has played in alleight matches this season, including four starts...is averaging 1.69kills and .96 blocks per game...had 11 kills and hit .207 againstMississippi (9/2/00).

#9 Mandi Kerr: A walk-on to this year's team...adds good height anddepth to the middle blocker position...will likely redshirt this season.

#10 Stefanie Snyder: An excellent player, who comes to Wyoming aftertransferring from the University of North Dakota...leads the team inassists with 9.82 per game...is also adding 1.36 digs per game...had aseason and career high 43 assists against Oregon (9/1/00).

#11 Megan Shuster: A walk-on to this year's squad...adds depth to theCowgirl roster...a three-year letterwinner at Laramie High School...hasyet to see action this season.

#12 Katie Jarman: A player who could make an immediate impact in herfirst season...provides more depth on the defensive side of theball...has started in seven of eight matches this season...her firstcollegiate start came against Oregon...has 40 digs, to average 1.38 pergame...had a career high 11 digs against Austin Peay (9-9-00).

#14 Lori Sanford: Enrolled at the University of Wyoming in January of2000...an excellent athlete, who should contribute to the program...hasplayed in four matches, including one start, this season...has sevenkills and six blocks on the year.

#15 Jansen Siplon: Enters her first season of competition with theCowgirls after redshirting last year...an excellent athlete with goodsize and great potential...played in her first collegiate match againstUW-Milwaukee (9-8-00).

#16 Rachel Lau: A solid starter from a year ago for the Cowgirls...anexcellent athlete, look for her to be more aggressive this season...hasmade tremendous improvements, both offensively and defensively, over thepast two seasons...has started in every match for the Cowgirls...isfirst on the team in blocks with 1.38 per game and fourth in kills,averaging 1.83...had eight kills, nine blocks and hit .533 againstAustin Peay (9-9-00).