The University of Wyoming Cowgirl volleyball team will welcome North Dakota State for its home opener on Monday evening. The match is set to begin at 6 p.m. MT, and will take place in the UniWyo Sports Complex.
After opening the 2016 season at the Purdue Mortar Board Premier, Wyoming is set to host the Bison for the first time since 2004. NDSU is 0-3 on the season, with losses against No. 25 Colorado State and Northern Colorado. They had an early afternoon contest today with St. Mary’s, and fell in four sets in Fort Collins, Colo.
The Cowgirls return to Laramie in search of their first win of the 2016 season, after an 0-3 start at the Purdue Mortar Board Premier this past weekend. UW fell to No. 20 Purdue and No. 24 Kentucky in straight sets, before another hard fought match and four-set loss against Washington State.
UW averaged 10.50 kills per set during the opening weekend with senior Kayla Slofkiss (2.30) and sophomore Emily Lewis (2.30) leading the way. Junior Lily Austin recorded 42 digs (4.20 p/s) throughout the weekend. She was the lone representative for Wyoming to be named to the All-Tournament team. Senior Courtney Chacon posted up 68 assists during play, for an average of 6.80 per set.
NDSU was picked to finish second in the Summit League coaches preseason poll. The Bison only lost one starter from a year ago, and return two all-league honorable mention honorees in Emily Minnick and Emily Miron. Minnick and Miron finished second and third, respectively, for the Bison in both kills and kills per set in 2015.
The Bison are led by senior outside hitter Hadley Steffen with 30 kills, and senior middle blocker Emily Minnick with 28. Junior setter Brianna Rasmusson has 82 total assists and an average of 6.83 per set. Defensively, senior defensive specialist Emily Milligan has a team-high 37 digs, while Minnick and Miron each have eight blocks for NDSU.
Live stats and a video stream of the match against NDSU will be available through GoWyo.com, and will also be available for viewing on the Mountain West Network at TheMW.com and on Campus Insiders at CampusInsiders.com.