Volleyball: Red-hot opening lacks MWC win, despite success

As the volleyball team prepares for its home match tonight against conference foe Wyoming, the team will look to extend one of the best starts in the program’s history.Head coach Prentice Lewis has helped lead the squad to a 13-2 start, highlighted by three tournament championships. Although the team is off to a strong start, the Horned Frogs are still trying to secure the first conference victory of the season. The team stands at 0-1 in Mountain West Conference play, losing to Colorado State in a 3-0 sweep.

On the other hand, the Wyoming Cowgirls enter tonight’s match with a 6-3 overall record and a 1-0 conference record, despite not having played a home match.

Lewis said although it is important to get the first conference win, that does not change the magnitude of the game.

“It’s not more important than any other match that we will play the entire year,” Lewis said. “Of course you want to win. You don’t want to go into this season 0-2.”

Although Lewis declined to comment on the biggest challenges Wyoming presented to the Frogs. senior defensive specialist Calli Corley said the team has prepared to face the unusual challenge that the Cowgirls present.

“One of their main hitters is left-handed,” Corley said. “You don’t usually see left-handed hitters as much as you do right-handed hitters, so you just have to prepare for the different shots they can bring.”

Even with the success of the Wyoming on the road, sophomore middle blocker Kourtney Edwards emphasized Lewis’ mentality of this game being just as important as the next.

“We look at this team as any other team,” Edwards said. “We do what we have to do to be successful.