UW Volleyball to Close Season at Utah and BYU

Nov. 19, 2008

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The Wyoming volleyball team will play their final two Mountain West Conference matches on the road this week. They will face the #22 ranked Utah Utes, on Thursday, Nov. 20, in Salt Lake City and the BYU Cougars, on Saturday, Nov. 20, in Provo. Both matches are set to begin at 7 p.m.

Wyoming enters the week with a 5-18 (.217) record overall along with a 4-10 mark in conference play after a split with UNLV and San Diego State last week. The Cowgirls are currently led by outside hitter Dani Bedore who is averaging 3.02 kills, which is fifth in the MWC, and 1.77 digs per set. She is followed Lauren Whitney who is adding 2.93 kills and almost one dig per set. As a team, they are averaging 12.11 kills and 11.19 digs per set.

Utah is currently 20-5 overall, 12-2 in the conference while being ranked 22nd in the Bison/AVCA Coaches Poll. The Utes are led by Lori Baird who is averaging a team leading 3.10 kills along with 1.38 blocks per set, while Kathryn Haynie is adding 2.86 kills and 2.27 digs per set. They return five starters and 11 letterwinners to a team that went 15-15 overall and 9-7 in the MWC a year ago. This is the 64th meeting between the two schools. Utah leads the series 39-24. The last two times the teams met was Sept. 20, 2008 as the Cowgirls defeated Utah 3-0 (25-22, 25-20, 25-18) in Laramie. The Utes are coached by Beth Launiere who is in her 19th season with the program.

Wyoming will close out the 2008 season with a match against the BYU Cougars who are 12-12 overall, 5-9 in MWC play and will take on Colorado State before facing the Cowgirls. They are led by Kayla Walker who is averaging 3.01 kills and 2.08 digs per set, while Bryn Porter is adding 2.93 kills and 2.10 digs per set. BYU returns three starters and eight letterwinners on a team that went 24-8 overall and 12-4 in the MWC a year ago. This is the 63rd meeting between the two teams. BYU leads the series 58-4 The last time the two teams met was Sept. 18, 2008 as the Cougars defeated the Cowgirls 3-0 (14-25, 19-25, 25-27) in Laramie. BYU is coached by Shay Goulding who is in her first season with the program.