Cowgirl Volleyball Ready For Border War

Oct. 3, 2012

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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Coming off back-to-back victories, the Wyoming Cowgirl volleyball team faces its toughest road test of the season traveling south to Fort Collins, Colo., to take on the Colorado State Rams (9-5 overall, 2-1 Mountain West). The Cowgirls enter the match with a 13-5 overall record and 1-2 mark in the conference. The match will begin at 7:45 p.m. in Moby Gym.

"I think we are going to have to very confident and settled in our game plan to win this game," Wyoming head volleyball coach Carrie Yerty said. "CSU is a great team for anyone to go into (Moby Gym) and beat them they are going to have to play a strong match. For that matter any road match in our conference is a tough test. To come away with a victory, we are going to have to execute in our blocking schemes, but also in our offense as well."

The Cowgirls prepare for the Border War after winning consecutive matches against Nevada and Colorado State-Pueblo. Wyoming defeated Nevada in five sets on Saturday, Sept. 29, before downing CSUP in three sets on Monday, Oct. 1. The Cowgirls three-set sweep of CSUP on Monday was their ninth three-set victory this season, improving to 9-1 in those matches. As a team, UW leads the MW in opponent hitting percentage allowing a .121 percentage. The Cowgirls are also leading the conference in blocks with 190.5 total (2.93 per set).They are second in the conference in service aces with 91 total averaging 1.40 per set.

Individually, senior outside hitter Jodi Purdy has seven double-doubles on the season after recording two consecutive against CSUP and Nevada. In the MW rankings, Purdy is currently second in the conference in total aces with 24 and is averaging 0.37 per set. In points per set, Purdy is third in the conference with a 4.02 average. She is also in the top 10 in kills per set averaging 3.23, which is seventh best in the conference.

Junior libero Becky Stewart is currently second the MW averaging 4.75 digs per set with 309 total. She has moved into 18th place on the Cowgirl all-time dig list with 828 in her career. Cowgirls Erin Kirby (103-29-220) and Reese Plante (124-32-274) are third and fourth, respectively in the MW in hitting percentage with an average of .336. Junior setter Rachel Keyes is currently eighth in the MW in assists averaging 5.66 per set with 362 total on the season.

About the Rams: Colorado State enters Friday's match with a 9-5 overall record and 2-1 mark in the Mountain West. They are 9-1 overall at home this season. The Rams are coming off back-to-back three-set sweeps of Nevada and San Diego State. Leading the Rams is Co-MW Preseason Player of the Year candidate Dana Cranston who is averaging 3.25 kills and 3.95 points per set, which are sixth and fourth in the conference, respectively. Deedra Foss is leading the CSU offense and is ranked third in the conference averaging 10.23 assists per set with 542 total on the season. She is also third on the team averaging 2.23 digs per set. Leading the rams in digs is Izzy Gaulia who averages 4.11 digs per set which ranks sixth in the league. In blocking, Megan Plourde leads the team and the conference with 1.64 blocks per set. This will be the 73rd meeting between the Cowgirls and the Rams. CSU leads the all-time series, 53-19, with UW. The last meeting between The Cowgirls and Rams came in the Mountain West Championship Semifinals with the Rams winning 3-0 on Nov. 19, 2011. The Rams are coached by Tom Hilbert who is in his 16th season.