Three Cowgirls earn all-tournament team honors
UW continues play tomorrow against South Dakota and Butler
The tournament will feature six matches over Friday and Saturday
Shanahan selected to preseason team
Cowgirls open 2015 campaign against No. 14 Ohio State
Sophomore (2014): An All-Mountain West selection for the first time in her career in 2014...started in all 31 matches and 116 sets during the year...was second on the team in kills (2.64 kps), blocks (1.06 bps) and hitting percentage (.406, 306-65-593) on the year...in league matches, she was second in hitting percentage (.355, 186-45-397), kills (2.66 kps) and blocks (1.14 bps)...ranked second in hitting percentage in the Mountain West overall, third in league matches and 13th nationally...had a career-high 17 kills while hitting .517 (17-2-29) against Air Force (11/15/14)...finished with 16 kills and a career-high ten total blocks against Utah State (10/23/14)...had a career-high 35 attempts and six digs against New Mexico (10/18/14)...hit a career-high .750 (6-0-8) against Washington State (8/29/14)...named to the All-Tournament Team at the UniWyo Cowgirl Classic and the UniWyo Wyoming Invite...recorded double-digits 14 times in kills while leading the team in blocks 13 times...an Academic All-MW and Scholar-Athlete selection.
Freshman (2013): Played in 21 matches and 67 sets with 17 starts...started in her first match of her career against New Mexico (9/26/13)...recorded 108 kills to average 1.61 per set while adding 67 total blocks (1.00 bps)...hit .308 (108-32-247)...in MW matches, she recorded 91 kills and 60 total blocks while hitting .298 (91-26-218)...ranked tenth in blocks and 14th in hitting percentage in league matches...recorded season-highs with 13 kills and 28 attempts against Utah State (10/31/13)...recorded a season-high eight total blocks against Fresno State (11/21/13)...earned Academic All-Mountain West honors.
High School: A four-year varsity letterwinner, while attending Lutheran High School...was named MaxPreps 2012 Volleyball Small Schools Second Team All-American and the Class 2A Player of the Year...also selected Honorable Mention Colorado All-State, First Team All-Conference and to the 2012 Under Armour All-American volleyball watch list...played in the 2012 CCGS and CHSAA All-State games while earning Colorado Community Media POY and Denver 3A Metropolitan League Senior of the Year...led her team to a 28-0 record and their second straight 2A Colorado State Title during her senior campaign...selected Class 2A First Team All-Colorado as a junior, along with being named Class 2A Second Team All-State and to the All-State Tournament Team during her sophomore year...helped her team to a 2A State Championship in 2011, while they qualified for the 2010 State Tournament...played club volleyball for Front Range Volleyball Club...her 2012 18-1 black team won a bronze medal at the USAVB Open Division Junior Nationals while her 16-1 blue team and 15-1 white team were Junior National Qualifiers in the Open Division...was coached in high school by Alicia Oates..an excellent student, she was a member of the National Honor Society and an Academic All-Conference and All-State selection while being named Salutatorian of her class.
Personal: Full name is Laura Elizabeth Beach...born March 15, 1995 in Denver, Colo....the daughter of Tim and Luann Beach...has two siblings, Matthew and David...majoring in kinesiology and health promotion.