LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming Cowgirl volleyball team will continue Mountain West play this weekend hosting San Jose State before heading to the Golden State for its only matchup this season with Fresno State. The Cowgirls return to the UniWyo Sports Complex on Saturday at 6:30 p.m., MT to face the Spartans, and will then travel to Fresno, Calif., to take on the Bulldogs at 8 p.m., on Wednesday.
"Nothing is easy when you are on the road," UW head coach Chad Callihan said. "It's a tough league to play in when you are on the road, and I think everyone is a little more comfortable playing at home. I was very happy with this team this past weekend to pick up two good wins. Something we've worked on is finding a way to stay aggressive and continue to play one match at a time."
Wyoming (20-6, 10-4 MW) has been led by junior Kayla Slofkiss, who averages 2.75 kills per set and a total of 256 kills, and Laura Beach, who has 242 kills and a team-leading .344 hitting percentage. During UW's current four-match winning streak, Bridget Shanahan has posted a team-high 47 kills, which includes a season-high 19 against Air Force. Shanahan is 15 kills away from moving into tenth place all-time for Wyoming.
Freshman Reed Copeland plays a vital role ranking second nationally in total blocks with 154 and sixth in blocks per set with 1.60. She leads the MW in both and is the only freshman in the top-10 in each category in the NCAA. This past weekend Copeland moved into sixth place in the single-season blocks list, while senior Allison Waldvogel moved into sole possession of third place on the single-season digs list for the Cowgirls. She currently has 444 on the season for an average of 4.48 per set. Junior Courtney Chacon has been crucial in shaping the successful offense Wyoming has had. After surpassing 2,000 assists earlier this season, Chacon leads UW with 5.37 assists per set and a total of 532.
The Spartans (13-14, 5-9 MW) have won two matches since defeating the Cowgirls on Oct. 15. They split last weekend defeating Utah State before falling to Boise Statae. SJSU is scheduled for a 6:00 p.m., match tonight in Fort Collins against Colorado State. Tyanna Roy leads SJSU with 260 kills, as Nandyala Gama is right behind with 237. Allison Meehan is seventh in the MW with an average of 7.45 assists per set. Hana Tresnakova averages 0.35 service aces per set, good enough for fourth in the conference, while Yavianliz Rosado is seventh in the league with 3.62 digs per set for the Spartans.
The Fresno State Bulldogs (13-14, 5-8 MW) are coming off losses from San Diego State and Nevada last weekend. They will host Air Force tonight at 7 p.m. Zana Bowens is leading the team in kills with 274 total, and also a team-high 3.01 kills per set average. Carly Scarbrough has recorded 271 kills, as Aleisha Coates has 268. Brooke Legaux is sixth in the MW with 745 total assists and 7.76 per set. Maggie Eppright is leading the conference with 494 digs on the season and 4.84 per set. Lauren Torres has a total of 73 blocks on the year to lead the Bulldogs.