Volleyball to Host Two NCAA Tournament Teams From Last Season

Sept. 14, 2005

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The Wyoming volleyball team will host two non-conference opponents this weekend in the UniWyo Sports Complex. They will start things off against the Florida A&M Lady Rattlers, on Friday, Sept. 16, and then the New Mexico State Aggies, on Saturday, Sept. 17. Both matches are set to begin at 7:00 p.m.

Wyoming enters the week with a 5-2 record overall after a three match sweep at the Mean Green Classic in Denton, Texas. They earned victories over Prairie View A&M, North Texas and Centenary. Freshman setter Tasha Weishahn earned Tournament MVP honors, while junior Andrea Seele was named to the All-Tournament Team. The Cowgirls are currently led by sophomore outside hitter Rachel Smith, who is averaging 3.54 kills and 2.46 digs per game. She is followed closely by Andrea Seele who is hitting .281 (58-22-128) on the year while adding 2.52 kills per game. Freshman Carissa Lee, who currently ranks second in the MWC, is averaging 4.72 digs per game. As a team, they are averaging conference leading 17.0 digs per game and 13.68 kills per game.

The Lady Rattlers are currently 1-3 overall, and are led by senior outside hitter Adriana Kostadinova, who is averaging 4.12 kills and 1.38 digs per game. They return three starters and eight letterwinners to a squad that went 28-3 overall and 10-0 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference a year ago, while earning a trip the 2004 NCAA Tournament. This is the first meeting ever between the two teams. Florida A&M is coached by Tony Trifonov who is in his ninth season with the program.

The Aggies are currently 5-0 overall and will play Colorado State on Friday night before facing the Cowgirls. NMSU is led by outside hitter Kim Oguh who is averaging 3.62 kills per game and hitting .453 (58-10-106). They return five starters and eight letterwinners to a squad that went 30-3 overall and 15-0 in the Sun Belt Conference a year ago. They also made a trip to the 2004 NCAA Tournament last season. This is the 25th meeting between the two teams. The series is tied 12-12. The last time the two teams met was Sept. 17, 2004, when the Aggies defeated the Cowgirls 3-0. New Mexico State is coached by Mike Jordan, who is in his eighth season with the program.