2000 Cowgirl Volleyball Informational Press Release And Game Notes

Oct. 16, 2000


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Probable Starters:  Here are the probable startersfor this week's matches:

Setter Katy Brown (679, 9.43 aspg)Middle Blocker Rachel Lau (78, .93 bpg)Rightside Hitter Barbie Bragg (113, 1.43 dpg)Outside Hitter Michele Rauter (218, 2.66 kpg)Outside Hitter Jamie Burke (244, 3.21 kpg)Def. Specialist Shannon Patrick (65, 1.05 dpg)

Cowgirls Host Colorado State During The Upcoming Weekend: The WyomingCowgirl Volleyball team will host the nationally ranked Colorado StateRams this week. The Cowgirls face the third ranked Rams at 7:00 p.m. onFriday night.

About Colorado State: Wyoming will host the nationally ranked ColoradoState Rams on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. They are currently 21-1overall, 7-0 in the conference, and currently rank third in the latestAVCA Poll. Angela Knopf leads the Rams, averaging 3.30 kills and 1.67blocks per game. This is the 48th meeting between the two schools,Colorado State leads 30-17. They defeated the Cowgirls, 3-0, earlier inthe season in Ft. Collins. The Rams are coached by Tom Hilbert, who isin his fourth season at Colorado State.

                   2000 Record  A Year AgoWyoming            8-15 (1-6)   9-21   (3-11)Colorado State     21-1 (7-0)   30-3   (12-2)

Team Capsules

Colorado State, Fri., Oct. 20, Laramie, Wyo., 7:00 p.m. Wyoming Series Record vs. Wyoming trails 17-30 2000 Overall Record 21-1 2000 Conference Record 7-0 1999 Overall Record 30-3 1999 Conference Record 12-2 (2nd) Conference Mountain West Head Coach Tom Hilbert Alma Mater Oklahoma '84 Record at School (Years) 80-17 (Three) Career Record (Years) 255-89 (11) Letterwinners Returning/Lost 8/3 Starters Returning/Lost 5/1 Sports Information Contact Heather Kennedy Sports Information Office Phone (970) 491-5067

Leading Weapons in the Cowgirl Attack: The topWyoming players in key statistical categories from the2000 season cumulative statistics are asfollows:Kills Jamie Burke (244, 3.21 kpg)Hitting Percentage Melody Friehauf (.289)Assists Katy Brown (679, 9.43 apg)Service Aces Michele Rauter (27, .33 sapg)Digs Michele Rauter (224, 2.73 dpg)Blocks Melody Friehauf (116, 1.38 bpg)

Where The Cowgirls Rank In The Conference:The top Wyoming players in key statistical categories,and where they rank in the Mountain WestConference:

Kills 8th-Jamie Burke (244, 3.21 kpg)Hitting Percentage 7th-Melody Friehauf (.289)Assists 7th-Katy Brown (679, 9.43 apg)Service Aces 6th-Katy Brown (24, .35 sapg)Digs 6th-MIchele Rauter (224, 2.73 dpg)Blocks 5th-Melody Friehauf (116, 1.38 bpg)

About Last Week: The Cowgirls went 1-2 over the weekend by defeatingWeber State, but falling to San Diego State and UNLV.

With a 2-1 leadheading into the fourth game, the Cowgirls fell in five games to theSan Diego State Aztecs on Friday night in Laramie. The Cowgirls took thefirst and third games 15-9 and 15-6, but fell short in games two, fourand five, 15-7, 15-12, 15-8. Freshman Aspen McPartland led the way forSan Diego State with 15 kills and 14 digs. Overall, the Aztecs hit .194(67-34-170) on the night, and had 60 digs. The Cowgirls were led bysenior Melody Friehauf, who notched 18 kills, two block solos and hit.448. Wyoming hit only .167 on the night, and had eight total teamblocks.

In the second match of the weekend, the Cowgirls were defeatedby the UNLV Rebels, 15-9, 15-8, 15-4, on Saturday night in Laramie.Outside hitter Leiana Oswald led the way for the Rebels with 13 killsand hit .400. UNLV hit .330 on the night, along with eight total teamblocks. The Cowgirls finished the night with a .146 hitting percentageand four total team blocks. Barbie Bragg notched 11 kills and hit .526to led Wyoming.

They would end a two-game losing streak on Monday nightby defeating the Weber State Wildcats, 3-1. The Wildcats opened up thegame with a 2-0 lead, but the Cowgirls came storming back scoring thenext ten of eleven points to take the 10-3 lead. But Weber State had arun of their own to close the gap and tie the game at 14. It would take17 points in order for the Cowgirls to take game one, 17-15. Once again,Weber State gained the early 3-0 advantage in game two. The Cowgirlswould score the next six to take it back, 6-3. The Wildcats would gaingame point at 14-8, and eventually win 15-12. Game three saw Wyomingdominate to take a 7-1 lead. The Wildcats would claw away at that lead.With the score tied at eleven, the Cowgirls would close out the game15-13 to take the 2-1 lead in the match. Wyoming would close out thematch in game four by taking the early lead and never look back. Theywould win the game 15-6 and the match 3-1. Kris Hollingsworth led theway for Weber State with 17 kills, nine digs and a .387 hittingpercentage. The Wildcats finished the night hitting .202, and nine totalteam blocks. For the Cowgirls, junior middle blocker Rachel Lau notcheda career high 20 kills, along with five digs and four block assists.Barbie Bragg was also a big contributor with 15 kills and a .583 hittingpercentage. The Cowgirls had several season highs on the night with 84kills, 76 assists and 17 total team blocks. The Cowgirls move to 8-15overall. They return to conference play on Friday night at 7:00 p.m., asthey host Colorado State.

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