Cowgirls Open MW Volleyball With Sixth Consecutive Sweep of San Jose State

From the desk of Harry Endicott

SAN JOSE, Calif. – The Wyoming volleyball team continued its domination of San Jose State, opening the Mountain West conference schedule on Thursday with a 3-0 victory against the Spartans. It was Wyoming’s seventh consecutive win over the Spartans, and the sixth straight sweep.

The Cowgirls (9-4, 1-0) overwhelmed the Spartans on defense, recording 14 team blocks and holding San Jose State to a .018 hitting percentage—thanks in part to 26 attack errors. Six Cowgirls recorded two or more blocks, led by Jackie McBride with a career-high-tying eight and Reed Copeland with six. Sophomore Faith Waitsman recorded a career-high with five for the match. Madi Fields (15) and Halie McArdle (13) reached double figures in kills.

Once again, the Cowgirls featured a balanced offensive attack, with six Pokes recording multiple kills in the match and four recording five or more. Senior Emily Lewis led Wyoming in kills for a fourth-straight match, recording seven along with two service aces, four blocks and five digs. McArdle was close behind Lewis with six for the match and no errors on a .500 hitting percentage. Setter Cori Aafedt led the way in assists, racking up 15.

 Wyoming got off to a slow start in the first set, as the Spartans raced out to a 9-3 lead to start. As the Cowgirls settled in, however, Wyoming took control of the set by rattling off a 13-2 run to take a 16-11 lead midway through the frame. Wyoming never looked back and was able to grab the early upper hand and take the opening period with the 25-19 win.

San Jose State jumped out to another lead in the second, taking an early 7-4 advantage. From that point, the Cowgirls went on another impressive run and outscored the Spartans, 21-9, over the remainder of the set to snag the 25-16 win and put themselves a frame away from victory. The Brown and Gold was outstanding defensively in the set, racking up eight blocks and holding San Jose State to a match-low -.083 hitting percentage.

There was no slow start for the Cowgirls in what would be the final set, as Wyoming led wire to wire to clinch its first win of the new conference season. The Pokes led by as many as nine in the third frame on the way to picking up the 25-17 win.

The Cowgirls will return home this weekend to continue its conference slate, hosting Nevada at the UniWyo Sports Complex on Saturday at 1 p.m.  

Match Notes

-          With the win, Wyoming moves to 4-2 in MW openers under head coach Chad Callihan.

-          Thursday’s win marked the team’s fourth consecutive victory in a conference opener.

-          The match saw freshman setter Marissa Hines get her first collegiate action. Hines recorded five assists and six digs on the night.

-          Wyoming moved to 9-0 this season when winning the first two sets.