Wyoming Volleyball to Take On Colorado State In MWC Action

Sept. 29, 2006

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The Wyoming volleyball team will close out the weekend as they host the Colorado State Rams, on Sunday, Oct. 1, at 2:00 p.m. The match will be broadcast on the mtn. sports network on a tape delay basis. It will run on Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 7:00 p.m.

Wyoming enters the week with a 8-5 (.615) record and 2-1 in conference play after earning a three game sweep over Air Force in their last outing. The Cowgirls are currently led by junior outside hitter Rachel Smith, who is averaging 4.18 kills, which is third in the MWC, and 1.94 digs per game. She is followed closely by freshman Annie Meyers who is averaging 3.68 kills and 2.94 digs on the year. As a team, they are averaging 14.32 kills, 15.86 digs and a .211 (716-288-1996) hitting percentage.

Colorado State enters the weekend with a record of 7-6 overall and 2-2 in the MWC. CSU is led by Jamie Strauss, who is averaging 3.31 kills and 2.69 digs per game, and Mekana Barnes who is averaging 3.03 kills and .94 blocks per game. They return four starters and six letterwinners to a squad that went 21-9 overall and 12-4 in the Mountain West Conference a year ago. This is the 60th meeting between the two teams. Colorado State leads the series 41-18 and has won 16 in a row. The last time the two teams met was Oct. 28, 2005 as the Rams defeated the Cowgirls 3-0 in Laramie. CSU is coached by Tom Hilbert who is in his tenth season with the program and his 18th as a head coach. His current record at CSU stands at 248-60.

It's also UW Faculty/Staff appreciation Day and there will be a Kid's Carnival prior to the start of the match. Flyers are being distributed to all UW faculty and staff and they will receive $2.00 admission for adults and $1.00 for children with an appropriate flyer. The kid's carnival will begin at noon in the Fieldhouse. There will be games, prizes and much more. It is free admission in to the carnival with a ticket to the match at 2:00 p.m. Prices for that will be $2.00 for adults and $1.00 for children. General admission is still $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for children (18 and under) and UW students are free with their student ID.