LARAMIE, Wyo. -- It may be more about altitude than attitude when Bethune-Cookman volleyball makes its westward trek to Laramie, Wyo. for this weekend's Cowgirl Classic hosted by the University of Wyoming.
Not only is Laramie in the middle of the wide open spaces, it's 7,000 feet above sea level. That's quite a difference from being literally at sea level in Daytona Beach. Also, August in Wyoming means a daytime high in the 50s.
"We'll have to deal with being able to breathe and compete at that altitude," said B-CU Head Coach Isaac Raphael. "But I'm looking forward to the trip. I've never been there. The team is excited about the trip as well."
B-CU (0-3) is looking to improve its play after dropping all three matches in the East Carolina Classic last weekend.
"I'm expecting more learning," Raphael said. "We've gotten past the nervousness and jitters. We spent the past week working on fundamentals and I want to see that transfer to the court."
GARDNER GAUGE: Senior Krysta Gardner registered 28 kills last weekend, bringing her career total to 849 - 151 shy of the 1,000 mark.
"She's finding her swing," Raphael said of Gardner. "She's going to step up and others will follow. Krysta is going to have a good weekend."
NOTES: Freshman Monica Lowe earned All-Tournament honors last week at ECU ... Sophomore Aubrianna Curtis is 10th in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference in assists (5.78 per set)
ABOUT UMKC (2-2): The Kangaroos split their opening weekend matches at the North Texas Invitational, downing Prairie View A&M and Lamar while falling to Houston Baptist and North Texas. Emily Lucas led UMKC with 42 kills.
ABOUT WYOMING (4-0): The Cowgirls hosted a tournament last week as well, taking matches against Eastern Washington, Seattle, Presbyterian and San Francisco. Junior libero Becky Stewart was named tournament MVP while senior Jodi Purdy and junior Reese Plante earned all-tournament team honors.
ABOUT FLORIDA GULF COAST (2-1): Talk about neutral site; meeting another Florida team while in the mountain time zone. The Eagles downed Florida A&M and FIU before falling to 18th-ranked Florida last weekend. Three players had double-doubles in the FAMU victory.
ABOUT GEORGE WASHINGTON (0-3): Two of the Colonials' three losses at the Mortar Board Invitational came to ranked teams - No. 9 Purdue and No. 21 Northern Iowa.. Lauren Whyte led GW with 27 kills.
NEXT UP: B-CU travels to Volusia County rival Stetson on Sept. 4.