Wyoming Volleyball Heads To Utah and BYU

Oct. 25, 2007

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The Wyoming volleyball team continues Mountain West Conference play on the road this week. They will travel to Salt Lake City, Utah to take on the Utah Utes, on Friday, Oct. 26, and then will face the BYU Cougars, on Saturday, Oct. 27, in Provo. Both matches are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Live stats of both matches can be followed on this web site.

"We have played pretty well on the road this season," said UW head coach Pat Stangle. "I think last weekend's victories will also give us some momentum heading in to the matches against BYU and Utah. These will be a couple of tough matches for us since both teams are big and put a lot of pressure on you."

Wyoming enters the week with a 10-9 (.526) record overall and a 4-6 mark in conference play after two big wins over New Mexico and TCU this past weekend. The Cowgirls are currently led by outside hitter Rachel Smith, who is averaging 4.60 kills, which is second in the MWC, and 2.44 digs per game. She is followed closely by senior Angie Hellbaum who is averaging 4.08 kills and 2.48 digs, while leading way with the .247 (298-112-752) hitting percentage. As a team, UW is averaging 15.30 kills, 15.42 digs and have a .213 (1117-486-2958) hitting percentage.

The Utes are currently 8-11 overall and 4-5 in the MWC after defeating Utah Valley on Tuesday. They are led by Kathryn Haynie who is averaging 3.58 kills and 2.07 digs per game. She is followed by Whitney Webb who is adding 3.25 kills and 1.43 digs. Utah returns four starters and ten letterwinners to a squad that went 28-4 overall and 16-0 in the MWC a year ago. This is the 62nd meeting ever between the two schools. Utah leads the series 38-23. The last time the two teams met was September 29, 2007 as the Utes defeated the Cowgirls 3-1 in Laramie. Utah is coached by Beth Launiere who is in her 18th season with the program.

BYU is currently 13-6 overall, 5-4 in the MWC and will play Air Force before taking on the Cowgirls. They are led by Chelsea Goodman who is averaging 4.52 kills and 3.55 digs per game. She is followed by Rachel Dyer who is adding 3.24 kills and 1.17 blocks, while Erica Lott is averaging 3.45 kills per game. BYU returns six starters and 11 letterwinners to a squad that went 25-6 overall and 13-3 in the MWC. This is the 61st meeting ever between the two schools. BYU leads the series 56-9. The last time the two teams met was September 28, 2007 in Laramie, as the Cougars defeated the Cowgirls 3-0. BYU is coached by Jason Watson who is in his third season with the program.