Oct. 29, 2012
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl volleyball team returns home to the UniWyo Sports Complex, on Tuesday and will step outside of conference play for a match against the Regis University Rangers (19-6 overall, 13-2 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference). The first serve on Tuesday is set for 7 p.m. The Cowgirls enter the match with a 16-9 overall mark and 4-6 record in the Mountain West.
Wyoming enters Tuesday's match with the Rangers after splitting two matches over the weekend, defeating Nevada on Thursday, and falling to San Diego State on Saturday. The Cowgirls are led in kills by senior outside hitter Jodi Purdy who is averaging 3.32 kills per set while adding 2.62 digs per set this season. Purdy is also averaging nearly one block per set at 0.95. After an excellent blocking weekend, sophomore middle blocker Erin Kirby leads the MW in blocks per set with 1.61 while also averaging 1.56 kills per set and hitting .302 (140-44-318) this season. Junior middle blocker Reese Plante leads the team in hitting percentage averaging .310 (169-80-605) and is blocking 1.24 attacks per set. Junior libero Becky Stewart leads the MW in digs averaging 4.80 per set with 442 on the season. With 23 digs against San Diego State Stewart became the Cowgirls all-time single-season leader in digs with 442, passing Jessica Kagarise's 435.
A look at the Rangers: Regis enters the match with a 19-6 overall record having won 11-consecutive matches. The Rangers also have a 13-2 mark in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. Katie Klein leads the Rangers in kills with 3.45 per set while also averaging 1.53 digs. Caitie Breaux is second on the team averaging 3.20 kills per set while adding 1.33 digs per set. Setter Jaclyn Williamson leads the Rangers in assists with 10.15 per set. Defensively, Sage Martinson leads with 3.92 digs per set. In blocking, Gina Morgan leads averaging 0.80 per set. As a team, the Rangers are averaging 13.3 kills per set while hitting .212 (1234-516-3379). The Rangers are led by head coach Frank Lavrisha who is in his 26th season at the helm of the program. This will be the seventh meeting between the Cowgirls and the Rangers. Wyoming holds a 6-0 all-time series lead having won the last meeting 3-0 on Sept. 1, 1993.