Wyoming Volleyball To Host SDSU and UNLV

Oct. 31, 2007

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The Wyoming volleyball team will be at home this week for two matches. They will host the San Diego State Aztecs, on Thursday, Nov. 1, and the UNLV Rebels, on Saturday, Nov. 3. The San Diego State match is set for 7 p.m. while the UNLV match will begin at 1 p.m.

Live video and stats of both matches can be followed on this web site.

"We have two very good teams coming in to play us this week in San Diego State and UNLV," said Cowgirl head coach Pat Stangle. "We will have to play extremely well to beat them, but we are excited about playing at home and protecting our home court."

Wyoming enters the week with a 10-11 (.476) record overall and a 4-8 mark in conference play after a tough weekend against Utah and BYU. The Cowgirls are currently led by outside hitter Rachel Smith, who is averaging 4.60 kills, which is second in the Mountain West Conference, and 2.40 digs per game. She is followed closely by senior Angie Hellbaum who is averaging 4.11 kills and 2.44 digs, while leading way with the .246 (329-125-829) hitting percentage. As a team, they are averaging 15.26 kills, 15.30 digs and have a .211 (1221-539-3239) hitting percentage.

The Aztecs are currently 11-9 overall and 3-6 in the MWC. They are led by Lindsey Mahan who is averaging 2.79 kills and 1.24 blocks per game. She is followed by Lauren Salisbury who is adding 2.59 kills and 1.29 blocks per game. SDSU returns four starters and ten letterwinners to a squad that went 12-18 overall and 5-11 in the MWC a year ago. This is the 34th meeting ever between the two schools. San Diego State leads the series 26-7 The last time the two teams met was October 6, 2007 as the Cowgirls defeated the Aztecs, 3-1. San Diego State is coached by Mark Warner who is in his 13th season with the program.

The Rebels are currently 17-3 overall, 8-2 in the MWC and will play Air Force before facing the Cowgirls. They are led by Maria Aladjova who is averaging 4.53 kills and 3.13 digs per game. She is followed by Lauren Miramontes who is adding 4.34 kills and 1.11 blocks, while Jessica Walters is averaging 2.61 kills per game. UNLV returns five starters and ten letterwinners to a squad that went 20-10 overall and 10-6 in the MWC last year. This is the 26th meeting ever between the two schools. UNLV leads the series 14-11. The last time the two teams met was October 4, 2007 as the Rebels defeated the Cowgirls 3-0 in Las Vegas. UNLV is coached by Allison Keeley who is in her fourth season with the program.