Oct. 22, 2013
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming Cowgirl volleyball team (13-9, 3-5 MW) return to the friendly confines of the UniWyo Sports Complex for the pair of Mountain West matches. UW will host San Jose State (5-14 overall, 2-6 MW) on Thursday at 7 p.m. MT. It will be the first meeting between the schools since 2003. The Cowgirls wrap up the weekend against Fresno State (12-8, 6-2 MW) in a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m. Saturday's contest will be the Cowgirls' "Dig for the Cure" match, as Wyoming will wear special pink jerseys. Replica jerseys will be auctioned off with proceeds going to the Susan G. Komen Wyoming affiliate, a foundation established for breast cancer awareness.
The Cowgirls went 1-1 in a pair of road contests last week. Wyoming defeated San Diego State in four sets (25-15, 25-22, 21-25, 25-22) on Thursday. The win over the Aztecs was UW's first win at SDSU since 2007. Wyoming closed out the weekend with a four-set (22-25,17-25,25-22,12-25) loss at UNLV on Saturday.
Wyoming currently leads the MW in digs during conference matches at 16.21 per set. Senior Becky Stewart leads UW and MW in digs during conference play at 5.61 per set, nearly a dig more than any other player in the conference. Junior Erin Kirby is two blocks away from 500 in her career. She is also 16 blocks away from moving into the Mountain West's top-10 list for career total blocks.
San Jose State comes into Thursday night's matchup sporting a 5-14 overall record and a 2-6 record in the Mountain West. The Spartans have struggled on the road this season going 1-6. SJSU split a pair of matches last week, as the Spartans defeated Air Force in four sets on Thursday and fell to New Mexico in four sets on Saturday. SJSU is sixth in the MW in hitting percentage at .210 (952-400-2626). The Spartans also rank seventh in the conference in kills at 13.04 per set. Defensively, SJSU is fifth in the conference in digs averaging 14.95 per frame. The Spartans are seventh in the MW in blocks at 2.20 per stanza. SJSU is led offensively by senior Hannah Blume, as she is third in the MW in kills averaging an imressive 3.67 per set. She also paces the team defensively with 3.40 digs per set and 0.41 blocks per set. Setter Michaela Leonard is second in the conference in assists at 11.18 per frame.
Fresno State heads into Saturday night's matchup with a 12-8 overall record and a 6-2 record in the MW. The Bulldogs have won five-straight matches including two win last week. Fresno State defeated New Mexico in five sets on Thursday and downed Air Force in four sets on Saturday. The Bulldogs rank third in the Mountain West in kills averaging 13.34 per set. Fresno State is fourth in the conference in hitting percentage at .224 (1054-438-2749). Defensively, the Bulldogs ranks sixth in the MW in digs averaging 14.76 per frame. Fresno State is paced by junior Maci Murdock, as she leads the MW in hitting percentage at .398 (160-35-314). Senior Korrin Wild is second in the conference in kills averaging 3.76 per set. Defensively, freshman Maggie Eppright is tenth in the MW in digs at 3.34 per stanza.