(Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 24, 2008) -- BYU middle blocker Rachel Dyer and Utah outside hitter Lori Baird have been named Mountain West Conference Volleyball Co-Players of the Week. Dyer, a 6-1 senior from Encinitas, Calif., led BYU to a 2-0 record in league play with a five-set upset victory over then-No. 15 Colorado State and a 3-0 win over Wyoming. Against the 15th-ranked Rams, Dyer tallied her first double-double of the season with 14 kills and a season-high 10 blocks. She also had two digs and two service aces vs. CSU. In the decisive fifth set, Dyer scored the first four Cougar points with three kills and a service ace. She ended the final set with six total kills, including back-to-back winners to give BYU the match point opportunity at 21-20. Against Wyoming, Dyer had team-highs in kills (10), hitting percentage (.500) and blocks (five). On the week, she averaged 3.00 kills, 1.88 blocks and 4.25 points per set, while hitting .375 (24-6-48) in eight sets played.
Baird, a 6-1 Murray, Utah, native, helped lead Utah to the 2008 Mountain West Conference regular season title with wins over Wyoming and then-No. 15 Colorado State. The senior averaged 3.14 kills, 1.43 blocks, 0.71 digs and 4.07 points per set with a .487 efficiency (22-3-39) over the final weekend of the regular season. Baird finished with a team-best nine kills on 14 attempts and one hitting error in a 3-0 sweep of Wyoming. She also collected four blocks and one dig vs. the Cowgirls. Baird had a team-high 13 kills to lead the Utes to a 3-1 win over Colorado State, giving Utah its third MWC title. She converted her 13 kills on 25 swings for a .440 hitting percentage to go along with a match-high tying six blocks and four digs. MWC Volleyball Players of the Week: Sept. 2 Bryn Porter, Sr., OH, BYU Sept. 8 Jeanne Fairchild, Sr., OH, New Mexico Sept. 15 Katelyn Steffan, R-Fr., OPP, Colorado State Sept. 22 Mekana Barnes, Sr., MB, Colorado State; Devon Kirk, Sr., MB, TCU Sept. 29 Tessa Nelson, R-Jr., MB, Colorado State; Jade Michaelsen, So., S, New Mexico Oct. 6 Lori Baird, Sr., OH, Utah Oct. 13 Mekana Barnes, Sr., MB, Colorado State; Emillie Toone, Sr., MB, Utah Oct. 20 Megan Munce, Fr., DS, TCU; Lori Baird, Sr., OH, Utah Oct. 27 Jeanne Fairchild, Sr., OH, New Mexico Nov. 3 Lauren Van Orden, Fr., S/OPP, San Diego State; Emillie Toone, Sr., MB, Utah Nov. 10 Kourtney Edwards, Jr., MB, TCU; Lori Baird, Sr., OH, Utah Nov. 17 Jeanne Fairchild, Sr., OH, New Mexico Nov. 24 Rachel Dyer, Sr., MB, BYU; Lori Baird, Sr., OH, Utah