Wyoming opens up the 2013 season on Friday, August 30
The Cowgirls wrap up the spring season this weekend
The Cowgirls went 3-0-1 in pool play
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Video highlights from the University of Wyoming's scrimmage on Aug. 21, 2011. Interview with head coach Carrie Yerty about the upcoming tournament.
Video of head coach Carrie Yerty addressing the media about Wyoming's upcoming volleyball season.
Photos from the 2010 Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Season
Images from the first day of fall practice for the 2010 Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball team, Aug. 9.
2009 Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Photo Gallery
Carrie Yerty, who spent 12 years at the University of Memphis, begins her fifth season as the head coach with the Wyoming Cowgirl program. She was named the head coach on January 22, 2008 and is the 12th head coach in school history.
In 2011, Wyoming volleyball built upon that momentum from the previous season. For the second time in school history, they won 20-matches or more in consecutive years as they compiled a 21-11 overall record. In league action, the Cowgirls finished with a 9-7 mark, which is the most conference wins in Mountain West history. Along with that, the third place finish is also the highest since becoming members of the league. They defeated the 23rd ranked Colorado State Rams for the first time since Nov. 13, 1997. Junior Jodi Purdy won her second consecutive First Team All-Conference award plus was named AVCA All-West Region and an AVCA Honorable Mention All-American. Redshirt freshman Erin Kirby also received First Team All-Mountain West honors for the first time in her career. The Cowgirls also continued to get it done in the classroom as 11 student-athletes were selected Academic All-Mountain West.
During the 2010 campaign, the program continued to make significant improvement under Yerty. They started off the year with an 11-0 record, which was the longest winning streak since 2002, and continued onto a 16-2 mark, the best start in school history. With a 22-10 record overall, it was the fourth most wins in school history and only the sixth 20-plus win season for the program. The Cowgirls went 7-9 in league play, which at the time were the most victories since the 2006 season. They defeated BYU for the first time since Oct. 15, 2004 and in Provo since Sept. 22, 1984. For the second season in a row, Jodi Purdy garnered post-season honors as she was named First Team All-MW. Eleven Cowgirls were selected Academic All-MW, six MW Scholar Athletes and JennaRae Jester was named First Team Academic All-District VII and to the 2010 ESPN Academic All-America Volleyball Second Team. The 2010 squad were one of 92 Division I Institutions to be named by the American Volleyball Coaches Association as a recipient of the 2010-11 AVCA Team Academic Award. It was the third year in a row that they received the honor.
In her first season with the Cowgirls, they went 5-20 overall and 4-12 in league play. She recorded her first victory at the University of Wyoming over Cleveland State (9/13/08). Her first Mountain West win came with a 3-0 sweep of the Utah Utes (9/20/08), who at the time were receiving votes and finished the season ranked 16th in the Bison/AVCA Coaches Poll. Four Cowgirls earned Academic All-MWC honors, three were named MWC Scholar Athletes and Carissa Lee was named ESPN the Magazine Third Team Academic All-District VII.
In 2009, the team more than doubled their number of victories as they finished 13-18 overall and 3-13 in league play. It was the most wins for a Cowgirl team since 2006. Newcomer Jodi Purdy garnered MWC Freshman of the Year honors as she led the team in kills and points, following closely in digs and service aces. She was the first Cowgirl since 2007 to earn post-season honors. Ten Cowgirls earned Academic All-MW and JennaRae Jester was selected to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VII Second Team.
Over the first two seasons in her rebuilding and recruiting process, Yerty signed nine newcomers which included Jodi Purdy who was named MWC Freshman of the Year. They are also getting it done in the classroom. The 2008 team was one of 71 Division I Institutions to be named by the American Volleyball Coaches Association as a recipient of the 2008-09 AVCA Team Academic Award. The Cowgirls had an overall grade point average of 3.352 for the 2008-09 Academic Year. The 2009 squad followed that up by earning the AVCA Team Academic Award for the second consecutive year. They were one of 94 Division I teams to win the award with a team gpa of 3.364.
The longest tenured head coach in Memphis volleyball history, she posted the best record among all Conference USA head volleyball coaches from 2001-2007, accumulating a 164-77 (.680) record during that time span. She is also the winningest volleyball coach in University of Memphis history, posting a career head-coaching mark of 233-174 (.572). Under Yerty's leadership, she amassed 123 wins in those five seasons, including a school record 30-6 finish in 2003 and two appearances in the C-USA Championship title match.
In 2007, she helped lead Memphis to another 20-win season with a mark of 23-12 overall and an 11-5 record in conference play. Three Tigers garnered post-season honors, including Shelby Burton who was named AVCA All-Midwest Region for the second straight year. She was also named First Team All-Conference USA, while her teammates Laura Côté and Ashley Liford where recognized on the Second Team.
Under her guidance in 2006, the Tiger volleyball program produced three AVCA All-Americans and First Team All-Conference USA performers in Shelby Burton, Laura Côté and Heather Watts. In other post-season honors, Christen Clayton was tabbed as the conference's Libero of the Year and Heather Watts was the Setter of the Year. Yerty's emphasis on athletic performance and academic achievement resulted in ESPN The Magazine naming Côté and Clayton to their list of Academic All-District honorees, as well as Ashley Liford's selection to the C-USA All-Academic Team. In addition to individual student-athlete academic honors, her teams have been recognized by the AVCA for their team GPAs. The 2006 team received the C-USA Sport Academic Award after posting a 3.485 GPA for the 2006-07 school year-the highest GPA ever to be recorded by any team in Memphis history. The squad also garnered the Game Plan/AVCA Team Academic Award for the second consecutive year. The 2005 squad was tabbed as one of 54 Division I teams to win the Game Plan/AVCA Team Academic Award. The 2005 Tiger team had a 3.327 cumulative GPA for the school year.
Yerty began the rebuilding process when she took the helm of the Tiger volleyball program on July 15,1996, replacing former head coach Penny Lucas-White less than six weeks before the start of the season. She inherited a squad that finished 13-20 the previous year and featured just five returning players. In her first year, the Tigers finished 8-27 overall and 1-13 in Conference USA.
In just her second season as head coach, Yerty made one of the biggest turnarounds in the program's history. Never had a Tiger squad won less than 10 matches one year and finished above .500 the next. She guided the 1997 Tigers to a 19-14 overall record, 6-10 conference mark and a fourth place finish, including a victory over the Australian National Team at the Montana State Tournament. The Tigers also made strides in the Conference USA postseason tournament, winning their first-round meeting with UAB and advancing to the second round, where they dropped a 3-1 decision to top-seeded and eventual NCAA participant Houston.
In 1998, Yerty led her team to their first win in school history over the University of Houston, and for the second-straight season, Memphis advanced to the second round of the C-USA Tournament. The Tigers finished the season with an 18-14 overall record and a 6-10 mark in conference. It was the first time since 1994 that a Tiger volleyball team had recorded back-to-back winning seasons. Memphis had its second All-Conference USA honoree in 2001 when senior Amie Hamilton earned Second Team accolades, the first Tiger to earn an all-conference honor under Yerty and the first to do so since 1995.
Yerty saw her commitment to long-term success move forward in 2003 when she guided the Tigers to a 30-6 mark and its' first-ever appearance in the Conference USA Championship match. That team was just the second team in C-USA history to hit the 30-win mark. The Tigers' .833 winning percentage was the best single-season mark in school history. Three student-athletes were named to the Conference USA All-Conference teams in 2003. Senior Brittany Barnett was named to the Second Team, while Heather Watts and Tiara Gilkey both earned Third Team honors. For her stellar senior campaign, Watts garnered C-USA Setter of the Year and First Team honors, while Gilkey earned Second Team All-Conference accolades that same year.
Yerty led Memphis to its second-consecutive 25-win season in 2004, as the Tigers advanced to the semifinals of the Conference USA Tournament for the second-straight year. Memphis' 27-10 mark in 2004 marked the third time since 1990 that the Tigers won 27 matches in a school-best 7-0 start. The .730 winning percentage is the third-highest since 1994.
Through it all, Yerty continued to stress academic excellence as well as athletic achievement. Heather Watts earned her third-straight Academic All-District First Team honor in 2004. Watts became the program's second Academic All-America recipient, earning Third Team honors in 2003 and First Team in 2004. Watts joined former Tiger April Harriman, who earned Second Team honors in 2000, as the program's Academic All-America honorees. Watts also earned ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American Second Team honors in 2004, before receiving an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, which was the first ever in school history. Over her 12 seasons, Yerty blazed recruiting trails that resulted in four Academic All-America honorees, seven All-Conference USA honorees, two C-USA All-Freshman Team honorees, one C-USA Defensive Player of the Year, one C-USA Libero of the Year and four AVCA All-Region and three AVCA All-American honorable mentions. Additionally, since the 1996-97 school year, players on Yerty's squads that have completed their eligibility have received their college diplomas at a 93 percent clip.
Prior to becoming the Tigers' head coach, Yerty was an assistant coach at the University of Arizona during the 1995 season where, among her on-court coaching duties, she also served as the recruiting coordinator. One of her recruiting classes at the University of Arizona was ranked in the top five in the nation by recruiting magazines. On the court, she worked closely with the squad's middle blockers as she helped lead the Wildcats to a 14-14 overall record. She also supervised the academic study table and assisted with scheduling and travel, as well as working closely with camps and clinics. Yerty broke into the collegiate coaching ranks in 1992 when she accepted an assistant coaching position at Eastern Washington in Cheney, Wash. Yerty served under former head coach Pamela Parks at EWU for three years, working closely with the middle blockers and serving as the recruiting coordinator.
Yerty's coaching background goes much deeper than the collegiate level. She, along with her husband, Lee, founded the Northwest All-Star Volleyball Touring Camp in 1991, in which they managed and conducted in excess of 25 customized instructional clinics and camps for junior high and high school athletes and coaches. Two years later, Yerty founded and coached the New Balance Volleyball Club team in Spokane, Wash., for girls 16 and under. She directed that squad from 1993-95, and then served as the head coach for one year of the Club Cactus Juniors Volleyball Club in Tucson, Ariz., for the 18-Elite age group. A seasoned club team coach, Yerty was selected as a representative on the Junior Olympic National Team selection committee, evaluating and selecting players for the elite squad at the Southern California tryout. Yerty has been very active in the community with FCA and has volunteered at several FCA camps for young women. She also served a three-year term on the AVCA Coaches' Committee and chaired the Policy and Procedures Committee with the AVCA.
As a college student-athlete, the former Carrie Couturier (Yerty) was a four-year standout as a middle blocker during her collegiate days at Washington State University. She earned Pac-10 All-Freshman honors following the 1988 season when she set a school record with 69 solo blocks. In 1991, she earned First Team All-Pac-10 honors in her final collegiate season after helping the Cougars to a 23-12 finish and a then school-best fourth-place showing in the Pac-10. As a senior, she led the Pac-10 in hitting percentage (.333) and in service aces (55). She was third in the league in kills with 432 and ranked fourth with an average of 3.8 kills per game. An All-West Regional and Honorable Mention All-America selection, Yerty received an invitation to participate on the U.S. Olympic Developmental Team in San Diego in 1992. Yerty is currently second in school history in career kills (1,548), while holding the school marks in solo blocks (196) and block assists (431). In the Pac-10, Yerty still ranks as the league's sixth all-time blocker with 617 total blocks, while also ranking second in all-time solo blocks (196). Most recently, Yerty was named to the Pac-10 All-Decade Team, as well as the WSU All-Decade Team.
A standout at Sam Barlow High School in Boring, Ore., she was named to the Reebok All-America team and was Oregon's Female Athlete of the Year in 1988. Yerty also played on the Portland Volleyball Club while in high school. Her squad is still the only club outside of California to ever win the Davis Volleyball Festival, which continues to rate as the largest women's athletic event in the world.
A 1992 graduate of Washington State, Yerty earned her degree in secondary education. She then completed her graduate studies to earn her master's degree in sport and leisure commerce from the University of Memphis in December of 2004. Born March 4, 1970, she is married to Lee Yerty, who is the Director of Operations for the Cowgirls. The couple has three sons, WesLee, Jace and Cade.