Wyoming Volleyball Travels To Non-Conference Match Up, Host Rams

Oct. 4, 2011

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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The Wyoming volleyball team will step out of conference play for one match before hosting a conference match over the weekend. They will take on the Northern Colorado Bears, on Wednesday, Oct. 5, followed by the Colorado State Rams, on Saturday, Oct. 8. Both matches are scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Live stats and streaming can be followed on www.uncbears.com and www.wyomingathletics.com.

The Cowgirls enter the week with a 11-7 (.611) record overall and a 2-2 (.500) mark in the Mountain West after splitting with San Diego State and UNLV last weekend. Wyoming is currently led by Jodi Purdy who is averaging a team high 3.61 kills plus 2.97 digs per set. She ranks second in service aces, third in kills and points and ninth in digs in the league. She is followed by redshirt freshman Erin Kirby who is adding 1.98 kills and 1.16 blocks, along with hitting .339 (127-34-274). Reese Plante is averaging 2.12 kills and 1.09 blocks, while Becky Stewart is leading the way with 3.92 digs per set. As a team, they are averaging 13.03 kills, 14.20 digs and 2.41 blocks per set. They rank second in blocks, third in hitting percentage and fourth in aces and digs.

Wyoming will begin the week with a match-up against the Northern Colorado Bears. The Bears are 10-5 overall and 4-1 in Big Sky play this season. They are led by Kelley Arnold who is averaging 3.73 kills and 2.38 digs per set. UNC returns five starters and seven letterwinners to a team that went 24-7 overall and 14-2 in the Big Sky Conference last year.

This is the 18th meeting between the two schools. UNC leads the series 9-8. The last time the two teams met was Sept. 11, 2010 as the Cowgirls defeated the Bears, 3-0, in Laramie. Northern Colorado is coached by Lyndsey Benson who is in her sixth season with the program.

The Cowgirls will wrap up the week by hosting the Colorado State Rams, on Saturday, Oct. 8. The Rams are 10-3 overall, 4-0 in the MW and will play Seattle before taking on the Cowgirls. They are led by Katelyn Steffan who is averaging 4.05 kills and 1.86 digs per set. CSU returns four starters and seven letterwinners to a team that went 26-5 and 14-2 in the Mountain West a year ago.

This is 70th meeting between the two schools. CSU leads the series 51-18. The last time the two teams met was Nov. 18, 2010 as the Rams defeated the Cowgirls, 3-0, in Laramie. CSU is coached by Tom Hilbert who is in his 15th season.