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Weekend Round-Up: Cowgirl Volleyball Sweeps UniWyo Invitational
Weekend Round-Up: Cowgirl Volleyball Sweeps UniWyo Invitational
LARAMIE, Wyo. (Sept. 9, 2018) – The Wyoming volleyball teamed picked up its second tournament title at the UniWyo Invitational, knocking off Arizona State, Murray State and Binghamton at the UniWyo Sports Complex.
 
How They Fared
 
W vs. Binghamton, 3-0
Wyoming opened the day with a rout, overwhelming Binghamton in a 3-0 match and outscoring the Bearcats by double digits each set. Halie McArdle and Jackie McBride led the Cowgirls in kills with nine apiece. Setter Cori Aafedt had a nice game as well on the offensive end, recording a match-leading 19 assists and setting a new career high with six service aces—falling just one short of tying the three-set school record. The Cowgirls combined for nine service aces, which counted as a new season high for any game so far this year. Defensively, the Cowgirls were active at the net with 8.5 total blocks, including eight from senior Reed Copeland. Wyoming spread the wealth with 10 players combining for 32 digs and libero Madi Fields leading the squad with nine.
 
W vs. Arizona State, 3-1
In the evening match, the Cowgirls were able to close out Arizona State in four sets despite a late push from the Sun Devils. Wyoming was led by Reed Copeland, who posted a double-double with 11 kills and 11 blocks in the match for the first double-double by a Poke this season and the second of Copeland's career—her first came in 2016 with 19 kills and 13 blocks against San Diego State. In all, four Cowgirls reached double figures in kills, led by McBride with 13, followed by Copeland and McArdle with 11 each, and junior Tara Traphagan with 10. Both Aafedt and sophomore Marissa Harmon eclipsed the 20-assist mark with 23 and 22, respectively. The Pokes turned in a .253 hitting percentage while holding Arizona State to a .192 mark. Defensively, Wyoming combined for 17 total blocks. Copeland's 11 blocks was a new season high and fell just two short of her career best. McBride (6), Traphagan (6) and Lewis (5) each recorded five or more blocks as well. Fields reached double figures in digs with 14 to pace the Cowgirls to their 55 digs as a team.
 
W vs. Murray State
The Cowgirls recorded a .402 hitting percentage as a team, holding Murray State to a .107 mark. Five Pokes finished with six or more kills—led by Copeland and junior Tara Traphagan with eight—and all five of those players finished with hitting percentages of .400 or above. Cori Aafedt led the Pokes in assists with 21. Defensively, Wyoming finished with 12 total blocks to the Racers' one. Copeland finished just shy of her second-straight double-digit blocking effort with nine, followed by Traphagan with five. Ten of the 11 Cowgirls in the rotation recorded digs for a team total of 32, led by McArdle and libero Madi Fields.
 
Notable Performances
 
A number of Cowgirls contributed to the winning efforts this weekend, with Halie McArdle, Cori Aafedt and Reed Copeland earning all-tournament honors and McArdle being named the tournament MVP.
 
Halie McArdle
vs. Binghamton – 9K, 10TA (.900 hit pct), 1AST; 6DG, 1TB
vs. Arizona State – 11K, 20TA (.450 hit pct); 7 DG, 2TB
vs. Murray State – 7K, 17TA (.412 hit pct); 6DG, 1TB
Totals – 27K, 2E, 47TA (.532 hit pct); 19DG, 4TB
 
Cori Aafedt
vs. Binghamton – 19AST, 6SA; 2DG
vs. Arizona State – 23AST; 6DG
vs. Murray State – 21AST; 4DG
Totals – 63AST, 6SA; 12 DG
 
Reed Copeland
vs. Binghamton – 5K, 14TA (.357 hit pct); 8TB, 1DG
vs. Arizona State – 11K, 19TA (.421 hit pct), 1AST; 11TB, 1DG
vs. Murray State – 8K, 15TA (.533 hit pct); 9TB, 2DG
Totals – 24K, 3E, 48TA (.438 hit pct); 28TB, 4DG
 
By the Numbers
 
.306 – The Cowgirls' hitting percentage through nine matches, which ranks first in the MW.
.144 – The Cowgirls' opponent hitting percentage through nine matches, which ranks second in the MW.
13.59 – Wyomings' kills per set average, ranking second in the MW.
3.11 – The Cowgirls' blocks per set average, the top average in the MW.
.457 – Cowgirl sophomore Jackie McBride's hitting percentage, which ranks second in the conference.
1.88 – Senior Reed Copeland leads the MW in blocks per set with a 1.88 average.
 
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  Up Next
The Pokes will be back in action next weekend, as they travel to Ames, Iowa for the Cyclone Classic, featuring Iowa State, Iowa and Syracuse. The event begins on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. MT against Iowa State.
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