Wyoming Outlasts Air Force in Five Sets; Record 20th win of the season

photo courtesy of UW Athletics Department
By Staff

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.– Senior Bridget Shanahan had a season-high 19 kills to lead the University of Wyoming to a 3-2 win over Air Force in Mountain West action Saturday afternoon. The win marked the fourth-straight season Wyoming has won at least 20 matches. UW (20-6, 10-4 MW) has now won five straight against the Falcons (11-17, 4-9 MW) and 23 of the last 24 matches dating back to the 2004 season.

Wyoming tied its season-high with 62 total kills Saturday afternoon against Air Force. The only other time UW had 62 kills was against Marquette during Pistol Pete’s Showdown earlier this year in September. It was also the first time this season the Cowgirls passed out 60 assists. The season’s previous high was 58, which came against New Mexico on Thursday night.

Courtney Chacon recorded the lone double-double with a season-high 31 assists and 10 digs for the Brown and Gold. It was her second-consecutive and eighth overall on the season. She also became the third Cowgirl to dish out at least 30 assists in a match. Allison Waldvogel led all players with 19 digs, while Kayla Slofkiss was the third Cowgirl to have double-figure digs with 16 on the afternoon.

Laura Beach chipped in 13 kills and four blocks for UW, as Kayla Henderson also had four roofs in addition to nine kills against the Falcons. After recording a career-high on Thursday night, Slofkiss followed up with seven kills against Air Force. She and Lily Austin each tied their season-high with three service aces as well.

For the 19th time this season, freshman Reed Copeland led the Cowgirls with a match-high seven blocks. She also had a solid afternoon on the offensive end with seven kills. Fellow freshman Mattison DeGarmo swatted seven kills, to go along with two roofs. Cori Aafedt dished out 22 assists, as well as eight digs for UW.

Shanahan swatted six kills in the first set for the Cowgirls, as Waldvogel did the defensive work with five digs. Henderson and Shanahan each had three kills in the second frame, before Beach, Shanahan and Copeland blistered three after the intermission. Beach had four in the fourth and her last three in the fifth and final set to help UW seal out its 20th victory.