Cowgirls Copeland MW Defensive Player of the Week in Volleyball for 2nd Time

From the desk of Harry Endicott

Wyoming volleyball senior Reed Copeland was named MW Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this season, the conference announced Monday.

Copeland recorded 17 total blocks on the weekend to lead the Cowgirls to wins over San Jose State and Nevada, and help the Pokes to a 2-0 start to MW play. She contributed on 17 of the Cowgirls' 26 total blocks this weekend, recording 2.83 blocks per set.

The Cowgirl senior recorded a season-high-tying 11 blocks in the Wyoming win over Nevada—Wyoming had 12 as a team—and also added six kills on a .333 hitting percentage.  In the win at San Jose State, she added six blocks, along with four kills on a .500 hitting percentage.

Copeland has been stellar blocking for the Cowgirls this season, racking up 96 total blocks (1.92 blocks per set) to lead the nation. She has contributed 96 blocks to the team's 154.5 blocks so far this season.

A native of Federal Way, Wash., Copeland has been a major contributor on the offensive end as well, ranking third on the team with 110 kills on an efficient, .356 hitting percentage which ranks second.

Copeland and the Cowgirls will be back in action this weekend, as they hit the road to take on Fresno State and San Diego State. Wyoming will face Fresno State on Thursday at 8 p.m. MT before heading south to battle the Aztecs at 7 p.m. MT.

Sophomore outside hitter Ariena Hayden of UNLV was selected the offensive player of the week. During games against Boise State and Utah STate, Hayden led the team with 43 kills and 6.14 kills per set. She also passed the 100 service aces mark, and is 38 shy of reaching the top five all-time in MW history.