LARAMIE, Wyo. -
With the nonconference portion of the schedule complete, the Cowgirl volleyball team will now focus on its Mountain West opposition and open league action this week as Boise State and Utah State pay a visit to Laramie. UW will face the Broncos on Thursday before the Aggies take on the Cowgirls on Saturday. Both matches are set for a 6:30 p.m. MT start time.
For the seventh year in a row, Wyoming reached at least 10 wins in its nonconference schedule with its win over Pepperdine on Friday. It will look to keep rolling into the conference schedule this week.
The Cowgirls wrapped up their nonconference slate with a weekend sweep of the Wyoming Invite. They grinded out a 3-1 win against Idaho State and a 3-2 victory over McNeese State before dominating in a 3-0 sweep over Pepperdine. Laura Beach was awarded MVP honors as Bridget Shanahan and Allison Waldvogel joined her on the All-Tournament Team.
Kayla Slofkiss either tied for the lead or led Wyoming in kills in every match at the Wyoming Invite. She finished the weekend with 36 total kills, and was one dig shy against Idaho State of having a double-double in all three matches. Courtney Chacon is continuing to make her mark in the Cowgirl record books. She is 24 assists away from becoming the ninth player to have 2,000 or more assists in their career. Chacon led UW with 72 assists during the Wyoming Invite.
A trio of attackers in Slofkiss, Beach and Shanahan have led the way for the Cowgirls this season. Slofkiss has tallied 121 kills, as Beach has added 116 with Shanahan close behind with 111 through the first 12 matches. Reed Copeland continues to impress while among one of the best blockers in the country. Already atop the Mountain West, she is ranked eighth with 69 total blocks and fourth in blocks per set in the NCAA.
Boise State storms into MW play having won seven of the last eight. Sierra Nobley was named the MW Offensive Player of the Week for matches played Sept. 14-20. She leads the Broncos with 197 kills and 16 service aces. Nobley is the MW leader with 4.80 kills per set, as Sarah Baugh leads the conference with 11.83 assists per set.
Utah State will come to Laramie on Saturday following its MW opener in Fort Collins against CSU on Thursday. The Aggies own wins over Louisiana-Lafayette, Middle Tennessee State, Utah Valley and Eastern Kentucky. Rachel Gale is third in the league with 3.49 kills per set and Hannah Gleason is fourth with 4.22 digs per set.