Cowgirl Volleyball Heads Out On the Road for Two MWC Match-Ups

Nov. 9, 2005

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The Cowgirl volleyball team will travel to Utah this weekend for their final road trip of the regular season. They will open up against the Utah Utes, on Friday night, Nov. 11 in Salt Lake City, and then will take on the nationally ranked BYU Cougars, on Saturday, Nov. 12 in Provo. Both matches are set to begin at 7:00 p.m.

The Cowgirls come into these matches with a 9-13 overall mark and a 4-7 record in the conference. They are currently led by sophomore outside hitter Rachel Smith, who is averaging 3.81 kills and 2.29 digs per game. She is followed closely by Andrea Seele who is hitting .273 (175-64-407) on the year while adding 2.30 kills per game. As a team, Wyoming is second in the conference in digs with 1,152 (14.58 dpg) and third in service aces with 138 (1.75 sapg).

The Utes are currently 17-6 overall and 9-3 in MWC play. They are led by Shelly Sommerfeldt who is averaging 3.39 kills per game and 2.80 digs per game, along with Airial Salvo who is averaging 3.27 kills and 2.43 digs per game. They return four starters and nine letterwinners to a squad that went 24-7 overall and 13-1 in the Mountain West Conference a year ago.

This is the 57th meeting between the two teams. Utah leads 33-23 and has won the last eight meetings. The last time the two teams met was Oct. 7, 2005 when the Utes defeated the Cowgirls 3-0 in Laramie. Utah is coached by Beth Launiere, who is in her 16th season with the program.

The Cougars are currently 20-1 overall and 11-1 in MWC action and will play CSU before facing the Cowgirls. They are led by Chelsea Goodman who is averaging 4.18 kills per game and 2.24 digs per game, along with Lindsy Hartsock who is averaging 2.99 kills and hitting .459 on the year. They return six starters and ten letterwinners to a squad that went 19-11 overall and 9-5 in the Mountain West Conference a year ago.

This is the 57th meeting between the two teams. BYU leads 52-4. The last time the two teams met was Oct. 8, 2005 when the Cougars defeated the Cowgirls 3-0 in Laramie. BYU is coached by Jason Watson who is in his first year with the program.