Wyoming Volleyball Ready To Host Second Tournament Of The Fall

Aug. 29, 2012

LARAMIE, Wyo. - The Wyoming Cowgirl volleyball team (4-0 overall) is set to host the UniWyo Cowgirl Classic on Friday, Aug. 31 and Saturday, Sept. 1. The Cowgirls will host four teams in Bethune-Cookman, UMKC, Florida Gulf Coast and George Washington the coming weekend. Their first game will be Friday at 1:30 p.m. against Bethune-Cookman. Wyoming is coming off four-consecutive victories and a tournament championship in the UniWyo Wyoming Invitational, as well as having the tournament MVP in junior libero Becky Stewart and all-tournament honorees Jodi Purdy and Reese Plante.

"There is nothing bad about starting the season at home, 4-0, and your own tournament champions," Wyoming head coach Carrie Yerty said. "Our team did a great job of staying calm, but aggressive under pressure all weekend. We are welcoming four excellent teams to Laramie this weekend and we are expecting the same results this weekend as last weekend."

The Cowgirls are coming off an excellent weekend beginning the season 4-0. It is their second 4-0 start under Yerty and their second in the last three seasons. It is also their third 4-0 start since 2002. After one weekend of play Wyoming leads the Mountain West in two categories. UW leads the MW in blocks with 44 and 3.14 per set, while also leading in service aces with 24 and 1.71 per set. Individually, Plante leads the MW in blocks with 26 total on two solos and 24 assisted (1.86 blocks per set). Leading the Cowgirls in points is senior Purdy who recorded 51 on 46 kills, six blocking assists and two aces. Plante leads in hitting percentage at 41.2 on 29 kills, with eight errors on 51 total attacks. Junior setter Rachel Keyes leads the Cowgirl offense in assists with 88 and 6.29 per set. Stewart leads defensively with 4.64 digs per set (65 total).

A look At The Cowgirls' Competition For The UniWyo Cowgirl Classic:

About Bethune-Cookman: Bethune-Cookman is currently 0-3 on the season with losses to Charlotte, East Carolina and Campbell. Leading the Wildcats in attacks is Krysta Gardner who has 28 kills in 10 sets for an average of 2.80 per set. Leading their offense is setter Aubrianna Curtis with 52 assists in nine sets for an average of 5.78. Two players lead defensively, Monica Lowe and Krysta Gardner who each have 21 digs and are averaging 2.33 and 2.10 digs per set, respectively. The Wildcats are coached by third-year headman Issac Raphael.

About George Washington: George Washington began the season 0-3 falling to No. 9 Purdue, No. 21 Northern Iowa and Pittsburgh. Leading the attack for the Colonials are Lauren Whyte and Kelsey Newman. Whyte has 27 kills on the season for a 2.70 kills per set average, while Newman has 25 for a 2.50 kills per set average. Setter Jessica Lubic has 77 assists on the season for an average of 7.70 per set. Defensively, GW is led by Maddy Doyle and Candace Silva-Martin who have 23 and 24 digs, respectively. Head coach Amanda Ault is in her second season at the helm of the Colonials' volleyball program.

About Florida Gulf Coast: Florida Gulf Coast has played three matches in 2012 carrying a 2-1 record into the Cowgirl Classic. The Eagles defeated Florida A&M and Florida International, before falling to No. 18 Florida. Christine Pinder leads the scoring for the Eagles with 34.5 total points and 31 kills. She is averaging 2.58 kills per set. She is also second on the squad with 28 digs. The leading assist player for the Eagles is Gigi Meyer who has set up 60 kills for an average of five per set. Dave Nichols is in his fifth season as the head coach of the Eagles.

About UMKC: UMKC played four matches on Aug. 24-25 posting a 2-2 overall record. The Roos picked up victories over Lamar and Prairie View A&M, and dropped matches to North Texas and Houston Baptist. Leading the UMKC scoring through four games is Emily Lucas with 48 points on 42 kills and three total blocks. She is averaging 4.67 kills per set. She also is second on the team with 35 digs. UMKC's setters Ella Meier and Nicole Wemhoff have 56 and 78 assists, respectively. Leading the Roos in digs is Taryn Miller with 53 for 5.89 per set.