Led by a season-high 18 kills from senior Kayla Slofkiss, the University of Wyoming women’s volleyball team swept New Mexico in straight sets (25-23, 25-18, 25-14) on Saturday afternoon. It was the tenth sweep for the Cowgirls (11-7, 4-1 MW) this season.
“This was a nice rebound for us against a very talented New Mexico team,” UW head coach Chad Callihan said. “I thought our seniors had another great match, but it was our supporting cast that really stepped up and made key plays today. We will need more of that as we move forward.”
Senior setter Courtney Chacon directed the offense to a .314 hitting percentage, dishing out 36 assists to go along with seven digs and two kills. Senior middle blocker Laura Beach finished second on the team with 11 kills on .476 hitting, while also recording three total blocks. Slofkiss was one dig away from her fourth double-double and one kill from tying her career-high.
Sophomore Mattison DeGarmo and freshman Tara Traphagan each tied their season-high in kills with eight and six, respectively. Freshman Madi Fields once again tied her career-high with four assists, in addition to her nine digs. Junior Lily Austin recorded eight digs during the match, while Traphagan posted seven for UW. Junior Shelby Johnson added five digs and one assist for the Brown and Gold.
New Mexico (10-9, 1-5 MW) jumped out to a 7-3 lead behind two service aces to open the first set. A block from UNM made it 15-10 before UW called its first timeout. With DeGarmo serving, Wyoming collected five-straight points to cut UNM’s lead to one, 19-18, and then eventually tied it at 23. Wyoming completed the comeback by claiming the last two points to take the first set, 25-23. Slofkiss recorded her first six kills to lead UW, while Chacon dished out ten assists.
Beach’s third kill of the match made it 4-1 to begin the second set. UNM worked its way back to tie things at seven, before Slofkiss recorded her tenth kill to make it, 15-12. After a New Mexico timeout, the Cowgirls went on a 10-5 run to take the second stanza, 25-18. Slofkiss had five kills for the Cowgirls, as Chacon recorded 14 assists.
The third set was back and forth until a kill from Traphagan opened and seperated UW’s lead, 10-7. The Lobos called timeout as the Cowgirls held a 15-8 lead. Slofkiss recorded her then season-high 17th kill to put UW up, 16-8. UNM collected the next two points to cut the lead to six, 16-10. Wyoming then grabbed nine of the last 13 points to seal the victory. Slofkiss added seven kills in the third frame, as well as three digs.
Wyoming will be back in the UniWyo Sports Complex for its next two matches. The Cowgirls will face San Diego State on Thursday, and Nevada on Saturday. Thursday’s match is faculty and staff appreciation night, as Saturday is the Dig for the Cure match. Fans will be able to bid on match-worn jerseys while the Cowgirls play the Wolf Pack. All proceeds from the auction will go to Cheyenne Regional Medical Center’s Cancer Clinic.