LARAMIE, Wyo. (Sept. 25, 2018) – The Wyoming volleyball team looks to keep its strong start in conference play rolling this week as it heads to California for a matchup with Fresno State. The Cowgirls (10-4, 2-0 MW) open the weekend this Thursday at 8 p.m. when they’ll match up with the Bulldogs in Fresno.
“If you want to be a champion, like we’ve talked about you need to go in and win these matches on the road against tough opponents,” head coach Chad Callihan said. “I think we’ve been pretty good on the road the last couple of years, so hopefully we can continue that trend.”
Wyoming is coming off a 2-0 showing in their opening weekend of Mountain West play picking up a pair of sweeps over San Jose State and Nevada. Outside Hitter Halie McArdle led the Wyoming offense with 17 kills on the weekend. Reed Copeland turned in another solid effort on defense with 17 total blocks, while Madi Fields recorded 36 digs, nine assists and two service aces.
Copeland was named MW Defensive Player of the Week for her efforts, marking her second weekly conference honor of the season. It marked the third Mountain West Player of the Week honor for the team in 2018, as sophomore Jackie McBride was named Offensive Player of the Week following the opening week of the season.
Fresno State heads into this weekend’s match with the Cowgirls at 9-5 overall after picking up a 3-0 win at San Diego State last Friday in their MW opener. The Bulldogs wrapped up their nonconference schedule with an 8-5 record that included wins over Valparaiso, San Francisco and Portland State.
Thursday’s match at Fresno State will mark the 30th in the series between the two teams which dates back to 1979. The Cowgirls have won 17 of the previous 29 meetings against the Bulldogs.