Wyoming Volleyball to Open MWC Play With BYU and Utah at Home

Sept. 17, 2008

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball team will open up 2008 Mountain West Conference play this week as they host the BYU Cougars, on Thursday, Sept. 18, and the Utah Utes, on Saturday, Sept. 20. Both matches are slated to begin at 7 p.m. in the UniWyo Sports Complex.

Live online video and stats of both matches can be followed on this site via Wyoming All-Access.

Wyoming enters the week with a 1-8 (.111) record after earning their first victory of the season over the Cleveland State Vikings while hosting the UniWyo Cowgirl Classic last weekend. The Cowgirls are currently led by outside hitter Dani Bedore who is averaging 2.83 kills, which is tenth in the MWC, and 1.26 digs per set. She is followed Lauren Whitney who is adding 2.63 kills and almost one dig per set. As a team, they are averaging 11.77 kills and 11.94 digs per set. Bedore and setter Tasha Weishahn both earned All-Tournament Team honors this past weekend.

The Cougars are 7-2 overall this season, while being ranked 24th in the AVCA Coaches Poll this week. They are led by Bryn Porter who is averaging 3.47 kills and 2.14 digs per set, while Kayla Walker is adding 2.78 kills and 2.03 digs per set. BYU returns three starters and eight letterwinners on a team that went 24-8 overall and 12-4 in the MWC a year ago. This is the 62nd meeting between the two teams. BYU leads the series 57-4. The last time the two teams met was October 27, 2007 as the Cougars defeated the Cowgirls 3-1 in Provo. BYU is coached by Shay Goulding who is in her first season with the program.

In their second match of the weekend, the Cowgirls will host the Utah Utes who are currently 7-2 overall and will play Colorado State on Thursday before taking on the Cowgirls. Utah is led by Kathryn Haynie who is averaging a team leading 3.12 kills along with 2.31 digs per set. They return five starters and 11 letterwinners to a team that went 15-15 overall and 9-7 in the MWC a year ago. This is the 63rd meeting between the two schools. Utah leads the series 39-23. The Utes are coached by Beth Launiere who is in her 19th season with the program.