Nov. 15, 1999
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Junior middle blocker Melody Friehauf from the University of Wyoming is this week's Mountain West Conference Volleyball Player of the Week. Friehauf helped lead the Cowgirls to a split in this week's conference matches as Wyoming defeated San Diego State, then lost to UNLV. Wyoming currently owns a 9-18 overall record and is tied with SDSU in sixth place in the league standings with a 3-9 conference mark.
For the week, Friehauf hit .484 and averaged 4.25 kills and 1.75 blocks per game. During Friday's four-game win over San Diego State, she hit .517 with 16 kills and just one error in 29 attempts, and contributed seven blocks. In Saturday's four-game loss to UNLV, Friehauf totaled 18 kills and just two errors in 35 attempts for a .457 attack percentage. She also notched her third double-figure blocking match with nine assisted and one solo vs. UNLV. Friehauf owns 19 double-figure kill outings this season, including the last seven matches in a row.
A native of Windsor, Colo., Friehauf currently ranks second in the conference in overall hitting percentage (.371) and blocks per game average (1.39). She also stands sixth in the conference in kills per game (3.88). With a team-high 372 kills this season, Friehauf is closing in on the prestigious 1,000 mark for her career. She currently stands seventh on the Wyoming all-time list with 955 career kills. Her team-best 133 total blocks this season brings her career total in that category to 436, a mark which stands second on the Wyoming all-time chart.
This is the second player of the week honor for Friehauf this season and in her career, making her the third player to claim the league's honor twice this year. She also earned the honor on Sept. 27 after leading the Cowgirls in a split during non-conference play. Colorado State's Angela Knopf and BYU's Nina Puikkonen are the other two student-athletes to earn the honor twice this season. This is Wyoming's second volleyball player of the week selection of the season.
Mountain West Conference Volleyball Players of the Week: Sept. 7 ? Courtney Cox, CSU, Sept. 13 ? Shaylor Billings, AFA, and Anna-Lena Smith, BYU, Sept. 20 ? Angela Knopf, CSU, Sept. 27 ? Melody Friehauf, Wyo., Oct. 4 ? McKelle Stilson, Utah, Oct. 11 ? Nina Puikkonen, BYU, Oct. 18 ? Summer Koons, AFA, Oct. 25 ? Angela Knopf, CSU, Nov. 1 ? Nicole Akporiaye, SDSU, Nov. 8 ? Nina Puikkonen, BYU, Nov. 15 ? Melody Friehauf, Wyo.