Cowgirls Open Four-Match Road Trip Tuesday at Colorado State

UW will play next four on the road
Published: Sep. 27, 2021 at 6:37 PM CDT
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LARAMIE, Wyo. (WUW RELEASE) - The Wyoming Cowgirl volleyball team looks to rebound from an 0-2 start to league play with the first of four consecutive matches on the road as the Cowgirls travel south to face border rival Colorado State, Tuesday at 7 p.m.

The Cowgirls (8-6, 0-2 MW) are coming off a tough, five-set loss to Utah State in the league opener last Thursday, before dropping  a three-setter to Boise State Saturday. Naya Shimé led the Cowgirls through the opening weekend of league play with 27 kills (3.86 per set). Shimé led the Cowgirls with a match-high 16 kills and hit .400 in the loss to Boise State.

Payton Chamberlain averaged 10 assists per set over the weekend to begin MW play. Chamberlain also notched her first career double-double in the loss to the Aggies, as she tallied a career-best 48 assists to go along with 11 digs. Faith Waitsman also recorded her first-ever double-double against USU, with 12 kills and 13 digs in the match.

Defensively, Erika Jones led the Cowgirls with 3.13 digs (25 total) over the weekend, and also had a pair of service aces. At the net, Jackie McBride led Wyoming with nine total blocks (1.13 per set) and Lydeke King averaged 1.33 per set.

Colorado State enters Tuesday’s contest coming off a pair of sweeps at home to open league play. Through the opening weekend of Mountain West play, the Rams are second in the league in both hitting percentage (.296) and opponent hitting percentage (.102). The Rams are also second in the league averaging 1.67 aces per set.

Kennedy Stanford leads CSU and is eighth in the MW averaging 3.24 kills per set and is 10th averaging 3.57 points per. Setter Ciera Pritchard ranks third in the league with 9.37 assists per set, while libero Alexa Roumeliotis’ 4.70 digs per set are second-best in the conference. Both Prichard and Roumeliotis are in the top-10 in the Mountain West in service aces as well.

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