Nov. 20, 2013
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming Cowgirl volleyball team looks to extend its winning streak this weekend against Fresno State and San Jose State. UW has won three-straight Mountain West matches and can make history with another win as the Cowgirls haven’t won four-straight conference matches during their time in the conference. Wyoming heads to Fresno State on Thursday at 8 p.m. MT. UW closes out the trip on Saturday against San Jose State at 8:30 p.m. in San Jose, Calif.
Wyoming picked up a pair of victories last week defeating Air Force in four sets (25-14,25-8,25-16). It was the 10th-consecutive win against the Falcons at the UniWyo Sports Complex. The Cowgirls swept New Mexico (22-25,25-23,25-15,25-22) in impressive fashion on Saturday evening.
Against the Lobos, the Cowgirls made history with a season-high hitting percentage of .425 (42-5-87), as it was the first time Wyoming has hit over .400 in a MW match since joining the league in 1999. The previous high in hitting percentage in a MW match was .396 against San Diego State in 2003. Senior Becky Stewart had another strong week, as she tied her single-season dig mark of 540. Stewart will look to surpass her mark this week.
The Bulldogs head into the weekend with a 17-11 overall record and an 11-5 mark in the MW, as FSU is tied for second place in the conference. Fresno State split last weekend, defeating Utah State in four sets on Thursday and falling to Utah State in three sets on Saturday evening. The Bulldogs are third in the MW in kills averaging 13.54 per set. FSU also rank near the top of the league in hitting percentage at .229. Defensively, Fresno State is sixth in the league in digs averaging 14.63 per frame. Korrin Wild leads the Bulldog’s offensive attack, as she ranks second in the MW in kills averaging 3.73 per set. Wild is also second in the conference in points per set at 4.21. Defensive specialist Maggie Eppright is eighth in the league in digs at 3.50 per stanza.
The Spartans head into Saturday night’s contest with a 8-19 overall record and a 5-11 record in MW play. San Jose State was swept in both matches last week, falling to Utah State on Thursday and Boise State on Saturday. Before getting swept last week, the Spartans won a season-high three-straight matches. JSU ranks ninth in the conference in hitting percentage at .207 and eighth in kills at 12.82 per set. Defensively, the Spartans are seventh in the league in digs at 14.22 per set. San Jose State’s Hannah Blume is third in the MW in kills this season averaging 3.61 per frame. Setter Michaela Leonard is second in the league in assists dishing out 11.10 per set.