October 3, 2021 —
The Wyoming volleyball team battled Saturday afternoon but ultimately fell in straight sets at Fresno State. Set scores went 29-27, 25-22, and 25-23. The loss drops the Cowgirl record to 0-4 in the Mountain West and 8-8 overall.
Naya Shimé and KC McMahon were the two Cowgirls to finish with double-figure kills in the loss, as they tallied 13 and 12, respectively. The duo also recorded a pair of block assists each, with McMahon adding six digs and a couple of service aces.
Defensively, Kayla Mazzocca led the way with a career-best eight total blocks in the match, while in the back row, libero Erika Jones notched a match-high 14 digs. Hailey Zuroske added eight digs in the loss, while Payton Chamberlain and Kaitlyn Gehler had five each.
Wyoming stays on the road meeting San Jose State (3-1 MW, 9-5 overall) Thursday night before heading to Nevada (0-4 MW, 3-12 overall) for a Saturday match.
Wyoming will take on Fresno State this afternoon in a road match. The Cowgirls enter the match at 1-2-0 in the Mountain West and 5-5-1 on the season. Fresno State is 2-0-1 in conference and 4-3-3 overall.
Wyoming won five races Saturday at the DU Relays on Saturday. The women touched first in three relays, while the men claimed first in a pair of relays.
“I thought the way we swam the second half of the meet and the way we were finishing our races says a lot about how the season is setting up,” head coach Dave Denniston said. “Overall, I thought the team did a great job, especially coming off probably the hardest training week they’ve had in a long time.”
Denver won the women’s side, collecting 232 points to Wyoming’s 188 points. The Pioneers defeated the Cowboys 254-140.
The women’s 1,500-meter relay team – comprised of Roxy Ramirez, Maggie Clerkin, and Sage Morton – highlighted the first portion of the meet. The distance trio topped the field with a time of 15:44.19.
The women’s 300-yard backstroke relay – of Emily Giles, Andrea Niemann, and Katelyn Blattner – maintained some of that momentum. Those three won, clocking in at 2:54.70.
The men’s 100-yard freestyle relay – made up of Matt Lang, Jakob Borrman, Quinn Teller, and Grant Sloan – jumpstarted the Cowboys. The quartet touched first in a time of 38.20.
The men’s 400-yard IM relay – comprised of Miller Browne, Cameron Murphy, Thomas Diaz, and David Mihalic – followed suit with their own victory. The group of four claimed first with a time of 3:35.16.
The women’s 500-yard crescendo relay – Kira Crane, Sani Carsrud, Lainee Jones, and Blattner – bookended the meet in style. They took first, recording a time of 4:33.31.
Wyoming takes a couple of weeks off from competition before returning to the state of Colorado. UW participates in a quad meet at Air Force, featuring the Falcons, Denver, and LSU.