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Wyoming VB, soccer, cross country prep for fall seasons

Aug 15, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

LARAMIE -- New University of Wyoming women's volleyball head coach Chad Callihan has only been in Laramie for two months, but expects to find success this year on the court.

Callihan was hired in May to take over the program.

Carrie Yerty resigned in May as the head volleyball coach at UW.

During five seasons at UW, Yerty earned an 82-70 overall record and was 31-47 in the Mountain West Conference. Callihan comes to UW from Georgia Southern University.

He addressed media members last Friday in Laramie.

"It has been an incredible experience for the brief time that I have been here," Callihan said. "The biggest thing that I have noticed is the importance that University of Wyoming puts on all of its athletic programs and not just one sport."

At Georgia Southern, Callihan was the head coach for five seasons. In 2012, Georgia Southern finished with a 15-1 league mark in the Southern Conference and was 25-7 overall.

"It's an exciting opportunity for me personally and professionally," Callihan said. "You will see a disciplined effort on the court."

UW finished at 21-11 overall and 8-8 in league play for the 2012 season.

"We typically play a pretty fast system offensively," Callihan said. "I'm not sure that we fit that right now. We will kind of build from there."

UW's four returning starters this year are Erin Kirby, Reese Plante, Calli Miller and Rachel Keyes.

The Cowgirls play Stetson (Aug. 29), Idaho (Aug. 29), Montana State (Aug. 30) and Drake (Aug. 30) at the UniWyo Invite in Laramie.

Soccer

Pete Cuadrado guided the Wyoming's soccer team to an 8-8-2 mark in his first season in charge of the program.

"Our first season was up and down," Cuadrado said. "We have a group coming back that is hungry. We enjoy the team that we have."

UW posted a 5-6 home mark. The Cowgirls were 0-5-1 in the MWC.

"I like the freshmen and the returners that we have," Cuadrado said. "We didn't have depth last year. That is why we started strong and faded."

Cuadrado focused on team depth in the offseason.

"I think that we got deeper this year," Cuadrado said. "That is what we addressed."

UW opens the season Aug. 23 vs. TCU at the Montana Kickoff Invitational.

Cross country

"It's one of those years where we finally have our own recruits coming in," UW cross country coach Berry Berryhill said. "I'm excited about that."

Berryhill made the short move last year after being involved with the Colorado State program to UW.

Junior Holly Page should pace the women's team in September.

"The question is who are going to our No.2 and No. 3 runners," Berryhill said.

"That is where we have to get a lot better. Our women's team is young.

"Three of our top five are going to be new athletes. At the same time, I think that we are going to be a much better team."

Senior Garrett Zans from Rock Springs is the most veteran runner for the men's side.

"We got ride of some athletes that weren't buying into our program," Berryhill said. "That team unity is going to get us where we want to go."

UW runs Friday, Sept. 6, at the Colorado State Invitational in the season opener.

"Our goal this year is to finish in the top three on both sides of the conference," Berryhill said. "That is what we are going to try to achieve."

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