LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming volleyball team (13-4 overall, 2-2 Mountain West) welcomes No. 7 Colorado State (16-1 overall, 4-0 MW) and Fresno State (6-12 overall, 1-3 MW) to the UniWyo Sports Complex for a pair of mid-week contests. The Cowgirls face off with Border War rival Colorado State on Tuesday at 7 p.m. UW wraps up its four-match homestand with Fresno State on Thursday at 7 p.m.
The Cowgirls' match against CSU will be a "Gold Out" as fans are encouraged to wear gold to the match. The first 500 fans to the match against the Rams will receive a free gold T-shirt. Fans may purchase tickets through the Wyoming Athletics Ticket Office at 877-WYO-FAN1 (877-996-3261) or online at GoWyo.com. Prices for single game tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for youth (3-18). A sellout is expected for this highly anticipated match so Cowgirl fans are encouraged to get their tickets early to avoid long lines at the door.
Wyoming picked up a pair of wins last week against San Diego State and UNLV. The Cowgirls moved to 7-1 at home this season. Sophomore Courtney Chacon recorded 83 assists in the two matches. She also added her fifth double-double of the season on Saturday against UNLV recording 41 assists and 10 digs.
Senior Erin Kirby continues her quest to become the Mountain West's all-time leader in total blocks after recording seven last week. She now has 648 total blocks in her career and is 23 blocks away from passing Utah's Kim Turner, who recorded 670 total blocks. She is the NCAA's active leader in career total blocks.
About Colorado State: The Rams come into Tuesday night's match ranked seventh in the latest AVCA Top-25 Coaches Poll. CSU's only loss was to No. 5 Wisconsin. Colorado State leads the MW in hitting percentage at .297 (797-236-1883). The Rams also lead the MW in kills at 14.23 per set and assists at 13.21 per frame. Defensively, Colorado State leads the MW in digs at 14.79 per set. CSU ranks fourth in the league in blocks at 2.76 per frame. The Rams have a balanced offensive attack as Marlee Reynolds leads CSU and ranks eighth in the MW in kills at 3.20 per set. Jasmine Hanna ranks ninth in the MW in kills at 3.19 per frame. Setter Deedra Foss leads the league in assists dishing out 11.55 assists per set. Defensively, Jaime Colaizzi leads the MW in digs averaging 4.40 per set. Adrianna Culbert ranks 10th in the league in digs at 3.24 per stanza.
About Fresno State: The Bulldogs come into Thursday evening's match with a 6-12 overall record and a 1-3 mark in the MW. The Bulldogs fell to Nevada in five sets last Thursday before bouncing back and defeating San Jose State in three-sets on Saturday. Fresno State ranks seventh in the MW in hitting percentage at .191 (862-419-2315). The Bulldogs rank fifth in the league in kills at 12.87 per frame. Defensively, the Bulldogs rank seventh in the league in digs at 13.96 per frame. Fresno State ranks 10th in the MW in blocking averaging 1.60 per set. The Bulldogs are led offensively by Zana Bowens, as she ranks fifth in the MW in kills per set at 3.20. She also ranks fifth in the league in points per set at 3.89. Defensively, Maggie Eppright leads the Bulldogs in digs at 3.63 per frame.