Cowgirl Volleyball Displays Youthful Glimpses of Potential Midway Through 2005 Season

Sept. 30, 2005

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The University of Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball team is well into their 2005 season, with two conference matches already behind them and a match up with rival Colorado State in Fort Collins this coming Friday.

Despite the youth of the Cowgirl team, no seniors, four juniors, five sophomores and five freshmen, Wyoming has still shown glimpses that it can be a competitive team this season.

The highlight of the season to this point has been Wyoming's three-match win streak on the road at the Mean Green Classic in Denton, Texas.

"We are a young team that is trying to learn the game of volleyball and the way we think it should be played first," said head coach Pat Stangle said. "Then once we learn how to do things right, we can learn to do them right on a consistent basis."

The weekend prior to opening up the MWC regular season, the Cowgirls suffered a tough loss when freshman setter Tasha Weishahn went down with an ankle injury against Florida A&M. She would then sit out the following night's match against New Mexico State and the league opener versus UNLV. Weishahn had shown promise of developing into a solid college player, but is working her way back into the lineup.

Last weekend the Cowgirls fell in the conference opening matches against UNLV and San Diego State. The UW women were lead by Rachel Smith with a total of 16 kills followed by Angie Hellbaum with 14, and freshman Carissa Lee with 22 digs. Currently the Cowgirls are 5-6 overall and 0-2 in the Mountain West Conference.

"It's always tough on the road in the Mountain West Conference because of travel and the different places we go," Stangle said. "We again are just trying to go out and perform at the highest level that we can and usually when we do that we are successful."

Following the CSU match, UW will have two home matches next Friday and Saturday, Oct. 7-8 against Utah and BYU.

The Cowgirls still have ten more home matches remaining this season, so come out and cheer on this talented young team.