Nov. 20, 2012
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming Cowgirl volleyball team will return to Laramie for its final match of the regular season. The Cowgirls are set to host New Mexico on Senior Night in the UniWyo Sports Complex and will honor its three seniors in Camille Coffman, Makenzie Bartsch and Jodi Purdy. The Cowgirls enter Wednesday's match with a 20-11 overall record and a 7-8 mark in Mountain West matches. Wednesday night's match will also feature a holiday food drive, fans who bring a nonperishable food item will receive $1 admission to the match.
A Look at the Cowgirls: The Cowgirls return home for their last home match of the season after posting a 1-1 record last weekend with a four-set loss to Boise State on Thursday and a three-set sweep of Air Force on Saturday. Wyoming won its 20th match of the season against Air Force and became the first UW team to record three-consecutive 20-win seasons. Against Boise State on Thursday night, Cowgirl sophomore middle blocker Erin Kirby recorded 10 block assists to become the Cowgirl single-season block leader with 184. She followed that with nine against Air Force and now has 193 on the season.
Statistically, the Cowgirls are currently ranked No. 2 in the NCAA and No. 1 in the MW in blocking averaging 3.23 per set. Individually, Kirby is also ranked No. 2 nationally and first in the conference in blocking averaging 1.74 per set. In the league, the Cowgirls lead in opponent hitting percentage allowing .139 (1387-803-4198). Kirby and junior middle Reese Plante are ranked in the top 10 in hitting percentage. Kirby is currently fourth in the conference averaging .323 (181-50-406), while Plante is eighth averaging .297 (200-56-485). In blocking, Kirby is first and Plante is sixth averaging 1.16 per set. In kills, Purdy is ranked third averaging 3.46 per set. She is also third in points per set averaging 4.23. Junior libero Becky Stewart is currently first in the conference in digs averaging 4.65 per set.
A Look At The Cowgirl Seniors: Makenzie Bartsch-Bartsch has played in 77 career matches notching 18 career starts. He has played in 159 total sets with 111 total kills (0.70 kills per set). She is a three-time Academic All-MW and MW Scholar-Athlete honoree. During the 2012 season she was awarded the Mike English award for having the highest team GPA.
Camille Coffman-Coffman has played in 120 career matches with 74 starts. She has played in 410 career sets while recording 688 career kills for an average of 1.68 per set. Coffman has also recorded 297 career blocks to average 0.72 per set for her career. Coffman is a three-time Academic All-MW honoree.
Jodi Purdy-Purdy leaves Wyoming as one of the most decorated players in Cowgirl volleyball history. She has played and started all 126 matches of her career. She leaves the Cowgirls as the career leader in digs with 1,268. She is second on the Cowgirl career lists in kills with 1,548 and service aces with 135. She also leaves as the MW career leader in double-doubles with 60. Her junior season of 2011, Purdy was named Honorable Mention All-America. She was the MW Freshman of the Year in 2009 and is a two-time All-MW selection. She is also a three-time Academic All-MW and MW Scholar-Athlete honoree.
A look at the Lobos: New Mexico is currently 20-11 overall with a 7-7 mark in the Mountain West. The Lobos have lost six of their last eight conference matches. This will be the second meeting of the season between the Cowgirls and the Lobos, with UNM winning the first match (3-1) in Albuquerque on Sept. 22. This will be the 69th meeting between the two schools with the Cowgirls leading the all-time series 37-31. Leading the Lobos is head coach Jeff Nelson who is in his sixth season at the helm of the New Mexico program.
Statistically, the Lobos are led by Chantale Riddle who is averaging a league-high 4.18 kills per set, while adding 2.46 digs and a team-high 1.10 blocks. Second on the team in kills per set is Lena Skipper who is averaging 1.83 while adding 2.17 digs per set. Leading the Lobo offense are Hannah Johnson who is averaging 5.08 assists per set and Jordan Russell who averages 4.63 assists. Leading the Lobos in digs is Miquella Lovato who is averaging 4.40 digs per set.