Cowgirls Win Wyoming Invite and Lose Exhibition
The Wyoming Cowgirl volleyball team won their second tournament title with two wins last Friday in the Wyoming Invite.
The Cowgirls won a hard fought five-set match against McNeese State and swept Pepperdine in three sets.
Head coach Chad Callihan said, “We are very pleased with where we stand at this point in the season. We will take a day or two to relax and enjoy what we’ve accomplished."
Wyoming (10-2) won the first against the visiting Cowgirls by scores of 19-25, 25-12, 16-25, 25-14 and 15-13. It was the second five-set win of the season. Kayla Slofkiss had 11 kills and 12 digs to lead the team. Bridget Shanahan also finished with 12 kills, while Emily Hines added ten.
UW continued their success with quick work of the Waves. The Cowgirls won 25-23, 25-19, 25-22. Slofkiss added 12 kills and ten digs, while Shanahan chipped in ten kills.
Three Cowgirls were named to the All-Tournament team. Laura Beach was named the MVP, while Shanahan and Allison Waldvogel also received recognition.
Sunday brought about a special exhibition against a Chinese professional team. The Shanghai Eastbest Lansheng Volleyball Club defeated Wyoming in five sets.
The Cowgirls were topped by scores of 25-23, 9-25, 16-25, 25-22 and 15-12. Bridget Shanahan had 12 kills to lead the team. UW out-blocked the Shanghai squad, 17-12.
Callihan added, “We can take a lot of positives from today (Sunday). It was a great experience for the team. They did some things differently than what typically see. It was a good opportunity for us to try different lineups, and to shift things around more than what we’ve been doing.”
Wyoming will open Mountain West play Thursday against Boise State at 6:30 p.m.