Cowgirl Volleyball Opens Final Homestand of Season

Nov. 11, 2014

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

Thursday, Nov. 13
7 p.m. MT - Wyoming vs. New Mexico: GameTracker | Live Video

Saturday, Nov. 15

1 p.m. MT- Wyoming vs. Air Force: GameTracker | Live Video

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The University of Wyoming Cowgirl volleyball team (20-6 overall, 9-4 Mountain West) opens its final homestand of the season this week welcoming New Mexico (17-10 overall, 9-5 MW) and Air Force (12-16 overall and 6-8 MW) in the UniWyo Sports Complex. Wyoming faces the Lobos on Thursday at 7 p.m. MT and wrap up the weekend on Saturday at 1 p.m. MT against the Falcons.
The Cowgirls made history Saturday with their 20th win of the season.

Wyoming has recorded 20 wins in three-straight seasons for the first time ever. Head coach Chad Callihan became the second coach in Wyoming volleyball history to win 20 matches in the first two seasons as head coach. He joined Gerry Gregory, who recorded 26 wins in 1983 and 23 wins in 1984. Callihan recorded 21 wins in his first season with the Cowgirls in 2013.

The Cowgirls come into the week ranking 57th in this week's NCAA RPI rankings. UW is third in the MW in the rankings trailing No. 12 Colorado State and No. 55 UNLV.

Wyoming has dominated the series against Air Force. The Cowgirls have won 10-straight matches against the Falcons at home dating back to 2003. UW has lost only two home matches against Air Force in school history.

About New Mexico: The Lobos head into Thursday night's match with a 17-10 overall record and a 9-5 mark in the MW. Last week, UNM fell to UNLV in five sets Thursday followed by a four-set win over San Diego State on Saturday. New Mexico ranks sixth in the MW in kills per set at 12.82. UNM also ranks sixth in the league in hitting percentage at .215 (1269-518-3489). The Lobos are sixth in the conference in assists dishing out 11.92 per frame. Defensively, New Mexico leads the MW in digs per frame at 15.43. The Lobos also rank second in the conference in blocks at 3.06 per frame. New Mexico is led by senior Chantale Riddle, as she leads the MW in kills at 3.87 per frame and points at 4.70 per frame. Junior setter Hannah Johnson is fifth in the MW in assists at 10.13 per frame. Defensively, Riddle ranks fourth in the MW in blocks at 1.32 per set. Sophomore Julia Warren is ninth in the league in digs averaging 3.38 per frame.

About Air Force:
The Falcons come into the weekend sporting a 12-16 overall record and a 6-8 mark in the MW. Last weekend, the Falcons swept San Diego State and fell to UNLV in four sets. The Falcons are fourth in the MW in kills per set at 13.45. Air Force is fifth in the league in hitting percentage at .238 (1269-518-3734). AFA is third in the conference in assists at 12.77 per frame. Defensively, Air Force is sixth in the league in digs at 13.93 per stanza. The Falcons are 10th in the league in blocks at 1.76 per set. The Falcons are led by junior Akokwe Clement, who ranks fourth in the MW in kills at 3.37 per frame. Junior Taylor Parker is 10th in the league in hitting percentage at .318. Senior Setter Hillary Keltner is third in the MW in assists dishing out 11 per set. Junior Rebecca Bates is fourth in the MW in digs averaging 3.89 per frame.