Cowgirls Sweep MW Opening Weekend

Sports News September 24, 2018

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Cowgirls Sweep MW Opening Weekend

LARAMIE, WY.   –   The Wyoming volleyball team got off to a 2-0 start to MW play this weekend, tallying sweeps over San Jose State and Nevada.

The Cowgirls defeated San Jose on Thursday night, 3-0. Wyoming was able to overwhelm 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 new career high with five for the match. Two Pokes reached double digits in kills in Madi Fields (15) and Halie McArdle (13).

Once again, the Cowgirls led 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.

On Saturday afternoon, Wyoming defeated Nevada, 3-0. The Cowgirls were led on offense by Halie McArdle, who racked up 11 kills on a .333 hitting percentage. Six Cowgirls recorded four or more kills to combine for a .215 hitting percentage on 42 kills. With 20 assists, setter Cori Aafedt recorded her eighth game of 20 assists or more this season, followed by Marissa Hines who also reached double digits with 13.

Senior Reed Copeland was once again impressive defensively for the Pokes, contributing on 11 of the team’s 12 blocks, which was the most by a Cowgirl in a three-set match this season. Junior libero Madi Fields was impressive on the defensive end as well, recording 21 digs—her fifth game of 20 digs or more this season.
Wyoming was able to overwhelm 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 new career high with five for the match. Two Pokes reached double digits in kills in Madi Fields (15) and Halie McArdle (13).

Once again, the Cowgirls led 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.

W vs. Nevada, 3-0
The Cowgirls were led on offense by Halie McArdle, who racked up 11 kills on a .333 hitting percentage. Six Cowgirls recorded four or more kills to combine for a .215 hitting percentage on 42 kills. With 20 assists, setter Cori Aafedt recorded her eighth game of 20 assists or more this season, followed by Marissa Hines who also reached double digits with 13.

Senior Reed Copeland was once again impressive defensively for the Pokes, contributing on 11 of the team’s 12 blocks, which was the most by a Cowgirl in a three-set match this season. Junior libero Madi Fields was impressive on the defensive end as well, recording 21 digs—her fifth game of 20 digs or more this season.

Up Next for Cowgirls Volleyball a weekend road trip continuing their conference slate, facing Fresno State on Thursday at 8 p.m. before heading to San Diego, Calif., for a showdown with the Aztecs on Saturday at 7 p.m.

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