Wyoming Volleyball Resumes Conference Play

Oct. 25, 2006

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball team will begin the second half of the conference season on the road this week. They will take on the CSU Rams, on Thursday night, in Ft. Collins and then travel on to Colorado Springs to face the Air Force Academy Falcons, on Saturday night. Both matches are set to begin at 7:00 p.m.

Wyoming enters the week with an 8-11 (.421) record and 2-6 in conference play after falling to the Northern Colorado Bears last week. The Cowgirls are currently led by junior outside hitter Rachel Smith, who is averaging 3.81 kills, which is fourth in the MWC, and 1.93 digs per game. She is followed closely by freshman Annie Meyers who is averaging 3.08 kills and 2.79 digs on the year. As a team, they are averaging 13.97 kills, 15.76 digs and have a .184 (1034-475-3039) hitting percentage.

Colorado State enters the week with a 14-6 overall record and an 8-2 mark in the MWC. CSU is led by Jaime Strauss, who is averaging 3.43 kills and 2.49 digs per game, and Mekana Barnes who is averaging 2.93 kills and .98 blocks per game. They return four starters and six letterwinners to a squad that went 21-9 overall and 12-4 in the Mountain West Conference a year ago. This is the 61st meeting between the two teams. Colorado State leads the series 42-18 and has won 17 in a row. The last time the two teams met was Oct. 1, 2006 as the Rams defeated the Cowgirls 3-1 in Laramie. CSU is coached by Tom Hilbert who is in his tenth season with the program and his 18th as a head coach.

Air Force is currently 3-18 overall and 0-10 in the MWC. The Falcons are led by Katie Batchelder who is averaging 2.54 kills and 2.06 digs per game. They return two starters and six letterwinners to a squad that went 5-28 overall and 1-15 in the Mountain West Conference a year ago. This is the 24th meeting between the two teams. Wyoming leads 18-5 and has won the last five meetings in a row. The last time the two teams met was Sept. 28, 2006 as the Cowgirls defeated the Falcons 3-0 in Laramie. Air Force is coached by Penny Lucas White who is in her 11th season with the program and her 16th as a head coach.