Cowgirls Volleyball Heads South for Matches at CSU and Air Force This Week

From the desk of Harry Endicott

LARAMIE – The Wyoming volleyball team opens a four-match road trip this week with the Border War against rival Colorado State on Tuesday, and a trip to Air Force on Saturday. 

“It’s going to be a real challenge,” head coach Chad Callihan said. “It’s going to be a quick turnaround and we feel like that favors the home team, but that’s where we’re at right now. We’ll get in there today to practice and prepare a little bit, then head down there and hope we come ready to compete.

Wyoming bounced back on Saturday from a tough match against Fresno State last week, dominating San Diego State at the UniWyo Sports Complex. The Pokes only trailed for one point in the match and didn’t allow San Diego State to eclipse 20 points in any of the three sets on Saturday, marking the third time this conference season that the Brown and Gold have completed that feat. Wyoming recorded a .330 hitting percentage, its second-highest percentage since the beginning of MW play, while holding the Aztecs to a .139 mark.

After having turned in historic seasons earlier in their careers, senior middle blocker Reed Copeland and libero Madi Fields have already made it into the single-season record books again in 2018.

With 150 blocks so far, Copeland’s 2018 season is tied for ninth in that category. Now in her fourth year at Wyoming, Copeland has the third, ninth and 11th-highest single-season block totals in program history. Fields has racked up 392 total digs this season to rank ninth in that category. She is just 35 digs away from tying her 2017 total that ranks fifth.

Colorado State enters the week at 18-6 following a weekend in which they picked up home sweeps against San Diego State and Fresno State to take the lead in the MW. The Cowgirls snapped a three-match win streak for Colorado State in the series earlier this month, defeating the Rams, 3-1, in Laramie. The last win in Fort Collins by the Cowgirls came on Nov. 12, 1996 in a 3-2 thriller. The last time Wyoming swept the Rams with two wins in the same season was in 1994.

Air Force is coming off a 3-8 start to their MW schedule after dropping a pair of matches last week at UNLV and New Mexico to bring their overall record to 13-12. Wyoming has won 32 of the previous 37 matchups, including eight straight and 27 of the last 28 meetings. The Cowgirls came back from a 2-0 deficit in the match against the Falcons earlier this month to drop Air Force, 3-2. The Pokes have won their last four against the Falcons in Colorado Springs.

Both matches this week are set to be streamed live online on the MW Digital Network, while Tuesday’s match will also be available on Stadium.

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