It's the fourth conference honor for Kirby and first for Beach and Shanahan
Wyoming will close out the MW season on Wednesday
Wyoming will host home finale on Wednesday
UW on a five-match winning streak
Cowgirls have won four straight matches
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) on the year...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 career-highs with 13 kills and 28 attempts against Utah State (10/31/13)...recorded a career-high eight total blocks against Fresno State (11/21/13)...earned Academic All-Mountain West and Scholar-Athlete 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.