On the Road Again, UW to Play at TCU and New Mexico

Sept. 19, 2007

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The Wyoming volleyball team continues Mountain West Conference play on the road this week. They will travel to Ft. Worth to take on the TCU Horned Frogs, on Thursday, Sept. 20, and then will face the New Mexico Lobos, on Friday, Sept. 21, in Albuquerque. The TCU match is slated for a 6 p.m. Mountain Time start, while the UNM match will begin at 7 p.m.

"TCU and New Mexico both have solid records and are playing extremely well at home," said UW head coach Pat Stangle. "We are on the road going in to a couple of tough places and it will be a battle from beginning to end. This conference is wide open right now, so it makes these matches coming up very critical for us."

Wyoming enters the week with a 6-3 (.667) record and a 1-0 mark in conference play. The Cowgirls are currently led by outside hitter Rachel Smith, who is averaging 4.49 kills, which is second in the MWC, and 2.64 digs per game. She is followed closely by senior Angie Hellbaum who is averaging 4.31 kills and 2.23 digs, while leading way with the .289 (168-52-402) hitting percentage. As a team, they are averaging 15.08 kills, 15.23 digs and have a .235 (588-235-1504) hitting percentage.

Live stats of each match can be followed on this site.

The Frogs are currently 13-2 overall and 0-1 in the MWC. They are led by Kourtney Edwards who is averaging 3.56 kills, 1.33 blocks and hitting .402. She is followed by Lauren Otto and LeMeita Smith who are adding 3.54 and 3.18 kills per game. TCU returns four starters and nine letterwinners to a squad that went 17-15 overall and 5-11 in the MWC last year. This is the tenth meeting ever between the two schools. Wyoming leads the series 7-2. The last time the two teams met was November 16, 2006 as the Cowgirls defeated the Frogs 3-0. TCU is coached by Prentice Lewis who is in her sixth season with the program.

New Mexico is currently 9-3 overall and 0-1 in the MWC. They will play Air Force on Thursday night before taking on the Cowgirls. The Lobos are led by Jeanne Fairchild who is averaging 4.68 kills and 1.16 digs per game. She is followed by Lisa Meeter who is adding 2.93 kills and Gayle Tripp who is averaging 4.38 digs per game. UNM returns five starters and ten letterwinners to a squad that went 10-20 overall and 5-11 in the MWC last year. This is the 57th meeting ever between the two schools. Wyoming leads the series 33-23. The last time the two teams met was Nov. 18, 2006 as the Cowgirls defeated the Lobos 3-0. New Mexico is coached by Jeff Nelson who is in his first season with the program and his 13th as a head coach.