Cowgirls Host Nevada in Mid-Week Showdown

Nov. 18, 2014

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

Wednesday, Nov. 19

7 p.m. MT - Wyoming vs. Nevada: GameTracker | Live Video

Saturday, Nov. 22

7 p.m. MT- Wyoming at San Jose State : GameTracker | Live Video

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The University of Wyoming Cowgirl volleyball team (21-7 overall, 10-5 Mountain West) hosts the Nevada Wolfpack (7-18, 4-11 MW) in the final home match of the season Wednesday. The match, slated for a 7 p.m. MT start, will be the final home match for Wyoming seniors Erin Kirby and Whitney Smith. The Cowgirls close out the weekend at San José State (4-24 overall, 1-14 MW) on Saturday at 7 p.m. MT.

Kirby has been one of the most prolific blockers in the nation during her career with the Cowgirls. She is the Cowgirl and Mountain West all-time leader in total blocks. She has appeared in 126 matches at Wyoming. Smith has appeared in 72 matches and recorded 917 assists and 50 total blocks

The Cowgirls have been excellent all season at the UniWyo Sports Complex. UW has an 11-3 record at home this season. UW is 24-6 at home under head coach Chad Callihan.

About Nevada: The Wolfpack come into Wednesday night's match with a 7-18 overall record and a 4-11 mark in the MW. Nevada has lost four-straight matches including two last week at San Diego State and UNLV. The Wolfpack are eighth in the MW in hitting percentage at .179 (1090-537-3092). Nevada is 10th in the league in kills per set at 11.85. The Wolfpack are also 10th in the league in assists at 10.96 per frame. Defensively, Nevada ranks ninth in the conference in blocks at 1.52 per frame and 11th in digs at 12.41 per set. The Wolfpack are led by Tessa Lea'ea who is 12th in the MW in kills at 2.83 per set. Junior Sam Willoughby is 14th in the league in hitting percentage at .287. Sophomore Lyndsey Anderson is ninth in the conference in assists at 8.12 per set. Defensively, Lea'ea is 11th in the conference in blocks at 1.12 per frame. Junior Kara Kasser is 10th in the MW in digs at 3.18 per set.

About San José State: The Spartans head into the weekend with a 4-24 overall record and a 1-14 mark in MW action. SJSU has lost four straight including losses to San Diego State and UNLV last weekend. San José State is 11th in the MW in kills this season averaging 10.65 per set. The Spartans are hitting .120 (1054-654-3334) on the season ranking 11th in the league. SJSU also ranks 11th in the MW in assists at 10.01 per set. Defensively, SJSU is eighth in the MW in blocks per set at 1.96. San José State is 10th in the conference in digs at 12.97 per frame. SJSU is led by freshman Nandyala Gama, as she ranks eighth in the conference in kills at 3.06 per set. Junior Tyanna Roy is ninth in the conference in kills at 3.05 per frame. Defensively, sophomore Yavianliz Rosado is third in the conference in digs at 4.00 per set.