Current Press Release

Nov. 1, 1999


University of Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball 1999

Probable Starters: The probable starters for this week's matches are: Setter Brooke Lowry Middle Blocker Rachel Lau Middle Blocker Melody Friehauf Outside Hitter Michele Keller Outside Hitter Aynsley Laluk Right-side Hitter Molly Scavuzzo

Cowgirls travel to New Mexico, Air Force: The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyballteam will be on the road this week. They will travel to New Mexico toface the Lobos on Friday night at 7:00 p.m., and then will head toColorado Springs to face the Air Force Academy Falcons on Saturday nightat 7:00 p.m.

A Recap of the Week: The Wyoming Cowgirls went 0-2 over the weekend. Inthe first match of the weekend, the Cowgirls faced the 12th rankedColorado State Rams. The Rams jumped on the Cowgirls early in game one.They would take a 4-0 lead, which would balloon to 11-2. Wyoming wouldtry to claw back, but it wasn't quite enough. CSU would take the firstgame 15-7. Game two saw the same thing, with Colorado State continuingto dominate the Cowgirls. They only allowed the Cowgirls to score onepoint in game two. CSU takes game two 15-1. The Cowgirls tried to fightback in the third game, but it wasn't enough. They would get as close as5-3, Colorado State would take the game 15-6 and the match 3-0. TheCowgirls were led by junior middle blocker Melody Friehauf, who finishedthe night with 11 kills and four block assists. A down side was the 11service aces committed by the Cowgirls . In the second match of theweekend, the Cowgirls fell to non-conference rival Weber State 3-2. TheCowgirls looked like they were going to dominate the match after jumpingout to an 11-2 lead in the first game. The Wildcats tried to fight theirway back in, but it wasn't enough falling 4-15. Wyoming would gain thelead once again in game two, but Weber State came back to take the 11-9lead. The Cowgirls would comeback to tie the score at 12-12, and eventake the lead 13-12. The Wildcats would score three unanswered winning15-13. Game three was very similar to the first two with Wyoming takingthe early lead. The Cowgirls would hold off a comeback, and werevictorious in game three 15-9. Weber State dominated the fourth gamejumped out to a 8-1 lead, the Cowgirls would get as close as 11-13falling 11-15. Game five was back and forth in points for each team. Atone point, the Cowgirls would have match point 14-13. Unfortunately, anattack error and service ace by Weber State would allow them to take thegame 16-14 and the match 3-2. The Cowgirls were led by junior middleblocker Melody Friehauf, who led the team with 21 kills and a .375hitting percentage. The Cowgirls are now 8-15 overall and 2-6 in theconference heading into the weekend.

About New Mexico: The Cowgirls will travel to Albuquerque to face theNew Mexico Lobos. The Lobos are 7-19 overall and 2-7 in the MountainWest Conference after falling to BYU and Utah over the weekend. They areled by senior outside hitter Amber Smith, who is averaging 3.62 killsand 2.36 digs. Sophomore outside hitter Vanessa Shield is adding 2.25kills and hitting .221. This is the 42nd meeting between the twoschools, Wyoming leads the series 22-19. Wyoming defeated the Lobosearlier in the season 3-0. The Lobos are coached by Laurel BrasseyIversen, who is in her 15th season at New Mexico.

About Air Force: The Cowgirls will face the Air Force Academy Falconson Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. The Falcons are 16-7 overall and 4-5 inthe conference after falling to Brigham Young and Utah over theweekend. They are led by senior outside hitter Brooke Effland, who isaveraging 3.66 kills and 3.14 digs. Junior middle blocker ShaylorBillings is adding 3.59 kills and 1.46 digs. This is the tenth meetingbetween the two schools, Wyoming leads the series 8-1. The Falcons arecoached by Penny Lucas-White, who is in her fourth year at Air Force.

1999 Record A Year AgoWyoming 8-15 (2-6) 16-14 (10-4)New Mexico 7-19 (2-7) 9-18 (3-11)Air Force 16-7 (4-5) 9-17 (2-12)

Team CapsulesNew Mexico, Fri., Nov. 5, Albuquerque, N.M., 7:00 p.m., M.T. Wyoming Series Record vs. Wyoming leads 22-19 1999 Overall Record 7-19 1999 Conference Record 2-7 1998 Overall Record 9-18 1998 Conference Record 3-11 (6th-Pacific) Conference Mountain West Head Coach Laurel Brassey Iversen Alma Mater New Mexico '85 Record at School (Years) 244-166 (14 years) Career Record (Years) Same Letterwinners Returning/Lost 7/5 Starters Returning/Lost 3/3 Sports Information Contact Andrea Tafoya Sports Information Office Phone (505) 525-5523

Air Force, Sat., Nov. 6, Colorado Springs, Colo., 7:00 p.m., M.T. Wyoming Series Record vs. Wyoming leads 8-1 1999 Overall Record 4-5 1999 Conference Record 16-7 1998 Overall Record 9-17 1998 Conference Record 2-12 (8th-Mountain) Conference Mountain West Head Coach Penny Lucas-White Alma Mater Memphis '93 Record at School (Years) 18-68 (Three years) Career Record (Years) 113-147 (Eight years) Letterwinners Returning/Lost 12/1 Starters Returning/Lost 5/1 Sports Information Contact Laurie White Sports Information Office Phone (719) 333-3950

Leading Weapons in the Cowgirl Attack: The top Wyoming players in keystatistical categories for the 1999 season cumulative statistics are asfollows:Kills Melody Friehauf (311, 3.79 kpg)Hitting Percentage Melody Friehauf (.358)Assists Brooke Lowry (802, 10.55 apg)Service Aces Rachel Lau (28, .34 sapg)Digs Jamie Burke (184, 2.49 dpg)Blocks Melody Friehauf (107, 1.30 bpg)

Friehauf continues climb into the Top 10 in Career Catagories: Juniormiddle blocker Melody Friehauf continues her move into the Top 10 inblocks. With 107 total blocks so far this season, Friehuaf has jumpedfrom tenth place to third on the all-time career blocks list. Sherecently surpassed Judy Peck for third place on the list. Below is a list of career block leaders in Wyoming volleyball history. 1. Kristina Dzelme 573 (1993-96) 2. Katie Donahue 419 (1984-88) 3. Melody Friehauf 410 (1997- ) 4. Judy Peck 407 (1988-91) 5. Shelley Marlyst 369 (1984-87) 6. Wende Brown 364 (1991-94) 7. Jodie Aguirre 335 (1982-84) 8. Jessica Zehr 318 (1996-98) 9. Darcy Cudaback 311 (1986-89) 10. Chris Lambert 307 (1983-86)

Judge Begins Fourth Season As Wyoming Head Volleyball Coach: SusanJudge enters her fourth year as the head coach of the Cowgirls. Judgecame to Wyoming from Marshall University where she guided her team to a1995 NCAA Tournament berth in only her second season as a head coach.She was originally hired at Marshall by current Wyoming AthleticsDirector Lee Moon. A 1991 graduate of Mississippi State University, Judge led Marshall toa 25-11 record in '95, a Southern Conference Championship and theschool's first appearance in the NCAA Tournament. She earned SouthernConference Coach of the Year honors in '95. Judge is married to Wyominghead track and field coach Larry Judge.

Judge's Career Coaching Record Overall Record Conference Record W L Pct. W L Pct.1994 12 21 .364 6 8 .4291995 25 11 .694 12 2 .8571996 14 17 .452 8 8 .5001997 19 12 .613 10 4 .7141998 16 14 .533 10 4 .7141999 8 15 .348 2 6 .250Totals 94 90 .511 48 32 .600

Cowgirls Return Seven Letterwinners and Two Starters in '99: TheWyoming Cowgirls welcome back seven letterwinners and two starters tothe 1999 squad this fall. UW loses three seniors, all of which startedfor Wyoming in 1998. In all, the Cowgirls will return eight membersfrom the 1998 squad.

Seniors Colette Perryman, OH, 5-9, Laramie, Wyo. Angel Whalen, S, 5-8, Spokane, Wash. Juniors Jamie Burke, OH, 5-10, Steamboat Springs, Colo. Melody Friehuaf, 6-2, MB, Windsor, Colo. Marci Hammack, OH, 5-9, Redmond, Ore. Sophomores Rachel Lau, 6-2, MB, Redwood City, Calif. Carla Vandenbark, OH, 6-0, Ft. Collins, Colo. Redshirt Freshman Molly Scavuzzo, OH, 6-1, Overland Park, Kan. Newcomers Barbie Bragg, 6-0, OH, Ft. Morgan, Colo. Michele Keller, 6-0, OH, Hyannis, Neb. Aynsley Laluk, 6-0, OH, Brandon City, Manitoba, Canada Brooke Lowry, 5-9, S, Paradise Valley, Ariz. Jansen Siplon, 6-1, OH/MB, Casper, Wyo.

Cowgirls Picked Fifth in 1999 MWC Preseason Coaches' Poll: A vote ofMountain West Conference Volleyball Coaches' picked the University ofWyoming to finish fifth in the 1999 Mountain West Conference race.Brigham Young, which has won the conference title in its first year witheach of its previous three conferences, is the unanimous favorite toclaim the inaugural crown.

1999 MWC Preseason Coaches Poll1.Brigham Young2.Colorado State3.Utah4.UNLV5.WYOMING6.New Mexico7.San Diego State8.Air Force

Coach's Quotes: Quotes from University of Wyoming head volleyball coachSusan Judge. About Colorado State: "Offensively, we just didn't havethings together tonight. We blocked pretty well in the third game, butthat doesn't help us when we can't get the ball over the net. We werevery tentative, which affected every aspect of our game. Colorado Stateexecuted despite whatever we did. The key for us is to put this matchbehind us and get ready for Weber State." About Weber State: "I thinkpart of our problem was our inability to motivate ourselves after we wonthe first and third games. You obviously want it to be a positive thingwhen you win, and not to relax and keep pushing forward, but that was anelement to why we were so up and down. Statistically, we out hit them,had more kills, digs, blocks, and a higher hitting percentage, so whenyou look a the stats it looks like we should have won the match.However, I think we had some little things here and there, some of theintangibles that we didn't take care of. I feel our outsides could ofhad a better match. They tried to create things that weren't there,instead of playing the way they are capable. I do think the middles hada great night offensively. Our blocking should have pulled us out ofthis match, but we didn't get it together. We blocked in spurts, and weshould have been able to stop their outsides, but we couldn't get itdone."

1998 Wyoming HonoreesWAC Mountain Division Player of the Year/First Team All-WAC MountainDivisionJami LayaSecond Team All-WAC Mountain DivisionMelody Friehauf, Middle BlockerMarci Hammack, Defensive SpecialistWAC Academic All-ConferenceMelody Friehauf, 3.29 Math EducationAnna Parmely, 3.59 MarketingColette Perryman, 3.27 Speech, Language & Hearing ScienceAnne Stohrer, 3.67 Speech, Language and Hearing ScienceAngel Whalen, 3.41 Elementary EducationWAC Scholar-AthletesMelody Friehauf, 3.29 Math EducationAnna Parmely, 3.59 MarketingColette Perryman, 3.27 Speech, Language & Hearing ScienceAnne Stohrer, 3.67 Speech, Language and Hearing ScienceAngel Whalen, 3.41 Elementary EducationWAC Players of the WeekJami Laya, Nov. 9, 1998

Packing the House: Wyoming volleyball fans continue to be among thenation's best. In 1995, an average of 989 fans turned out for 15 homematches to rank UW 22nd nationally in volleyball attendance. That wasthe seventh consecutive season that Wyoming ranked among the nation'sTop 25 in home attendance. The season high match was a crowd of 3,973that turned out for UW's match against eventual National ChampionNebraska. That was the second largest single-match crowd in WyomingVolleyball history. In eight matches during the 1999 season, theCowgirls are averaging 703 fans. The Cowgirls hosted 1,381 fans on Oct.2, 1999 against Colorado State, the 17the largest in MultiPurposeGymnasium history.

Friehauf earns Player of the Week honors: Junior middle blocker MelodyFriehauf earned Mountain West Conference Player of the Week honors forthe week of Sept. 27. The junior from Windsor, Colo. finished theweekend with a combined 50 kills (5.56 kpg), 12 total blocks (1.33 bpg)and hit .519. This is the first Player of the Week honor for thesecond-team All-Conference selection from a year ago. Friehauf was alsonamed to the All-Tournament team at the Wake Forest Deacon Invite inWinston-Salem, N.C., the Pittsburgh Tournament, and MVP of the SoonerInvitational earlier this season. Junior outside hitter Jamie Burke wasnamed to the All-Tournament team at the Sooner Invitational earlier thisseason.

Cowgirls Finish Ranked in the Top 20: The Wyoming Cowgirls finished the1998 season ranked among the Top 20 in the nation in team and individualblocks. The Cowgirls as a team were ranked 19th averaging 3.08 blocksper game, while Cowgirl junior middle blocker Melody Friehauf was ranked15th averaging 1.55 blocks per game.

Team Blocks Wyoming (3.08 blocks per game)Individual Blocks Melody Friehauf (1.55 blocks per game)

1999 Superlatives - Individual

Hitting Percentage.593 Melody Friehauf vs Oklahoma 9-11-99

Kills29 Melody Friehauf vs Evansville 9-25-99

Attempts49 Jamie Burke vs Arkansas Little Rock 9-11-99Assists71 Brooke Lowry vs Arkansas Little Rock 9-11-99Block Solos4 Rachel Lau vs James Madison 9-18-99Block Assists10 Rachel Lau vs Montana State 9-4-99Total Blocks11 Rachel Lau vs Montana State 9-4-99Service Aces5 Carla Vandenbark vs Evansville 9-25-99 Molly Scavuzzo vs Arkansas Little Rock 9-11-99Digs18 Jamie Burke vs Arkansas Little Rock 9-11-99

1999 Superlatives - Team

Hitting Percentage.377 vs Oklahoma 9-11-99Kills82 vs Arkansas Little Rock 9-11-99Attempts176 vs Arkansas Little Rock 9-11-99Assists75 vs Arkansas Little Rock 9-11-99Total Blocks22 vs Montana State 9-4-99Service Aces13 vs Evansville 9-25-99 vs Oklahoma 9-11-99Digs75 vs Arkansas Little Rock 9-11-99

Player Notes:#1 Molly Scavuzzo: Has played in 17 matches and 45 games for theCowgirls this averaging 1.56 kills and 1.62 digs on theseason...had a career and season high 11 kills against Oklahoma(9/11/99) and 12 digs against Arkansas Little Rock (9/11/99).

#2 Melody Friehauf: Has played in 23 matches and 82 games for leading the team in kills (3.79 kpg), blocks (1.30 bpg)and hitting percentage third in the conference in hittingpercentage and blocks and sixth in kills...had a career high 30 killsagainst Arkansas Little Rock (9/11/99)...was the MVP of the SoonerInvitational...also named the All-Tournament team at the Wake ForestDeacon Invite and the Pittsburgh Tournament....earned Player of the Weekhonors for the week of Sept. 27.

#3 Angel Whalen: Has played in every match for the Cowgirls second on the team in assists with 1.25 averaging2.14 digs per game and hitting .174, which is second on the team...had aseason high ten digs against Oklahoma (9-11-99) and a season high 23assists against San Diego State (10/16/99)..

#5 Jamie Burke: Has started in 21 of 23 matches for the Cowgirls averaging 3.01 kills per game, which is second on theteam...leads the team in digs with 2.49 per game, which is tenth in theconference...had a career high 24 kills and 18 digs against ArkansasLittle Rock (9-11-99)....named to the All Tournament team at the SoonerInvitational.

#8 Barbie Bragg: Has played in 17 of 23 matches for the Cowgirls averaging 1.44 also adding 1.05 digs per game...hada career high nine kills six digs and hit .500 against Western Carolina(9/3/99).

#9 Michele Keller: Has played in 20 matches and 49 games for theCowgirls this averaging 1.49 kills per game...adding 1.27digs per hitting .118 on the year...had a career high eightkills, four service aces and four digs against William &Mary (9/4/99).

#10 Colette Perryman: One of two seniors on the squad...played in 15matches last season, including a start against Florida....finished withfive kills and hit .095...has 26 digs to average 1.24 per game...earnedAcademic All-Conference and WAC Scholar-Athlete honors...has played inone match and two games this averaging 1.50 per contest.

#11 Brooke Lowry: Has started in 22 out of 23 matches for the Cowgirlsat the starting setter position...leading the team in assists with 10.55per game, which is fifth in the third on the team indigs with 1.95 per game...had a career high 71 assists against ArkansasLittle Rock (9-11-99).

#13 Aynsley Laluk: Has played in 22 of 23 matches for the Cowgirls averaging almost one kill and 1.09 digs per game...had acareer high 11 kills and hit .476 against Wichita State (9/10/99).

#15 Jansen Siplon: An excellent athlete with good size and greatpotential...will have to adjust to the speed and pace of the collegegame...has yet to see action for the Cowgirls this season, will likelyredshirt.

#16 Rachel Lau: Has started in every match for the Cowgirls thisseason...averaging 1.87 kills per game, which is fourth on the team...issecond on the team in blocks with 1.00 per game...also adding 1.58 digsper averaging .34 service aces on the season, which is tiedfor eighth in the conference...had a career high 16 kills, 10 blockassists and hit .414 against Montana State (9/4/99).