University of Wyoming volleyball alum and three-time All-Mountain West selection Laura Beach has signed a contract to play professionally for Eurosped in Vroomshoop, Netherlands.
“I am both eager and excited for this next step in my journey,” Beach said. “I have been blessed beyond belief for the strong foundation that UW and the support of the state has built for me. I am proud to be representing the University of Wyoming while I am overseas and hope to honor everyone who has helped me along the way as I compete and fight for a medal with this new team.”
Beach led the team with 295 kills and a .399 hitting percentage in 2016. She started in all 31 matches for the Cowgirls during her senior season and closed out her career with 109 consecutive starts. Her hitting percentage led the MW and was 14th in the NCAA. It was also the fourth-best in Wyoming single-season history.
To begin the season, she was named to the all-tournament team of the UniWyo Invite for the second-straight season. Beach was second on the team with 120 total blocks and averaged 1.09 blocks per set throughout the season. In conference play, she hit a MW-best .404, averaged 1.15 blocks per set and added 2.85 kills per set. Beach completed her career as the all-time leader in hitting percentage (.372), fifth with 438 total blocks and 12th with 982 kills.
Additionally, Beach was named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSida) Third Team, was an AVCA All-Pacific Region honorable mention selection and recently nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year. She is only one of four Cowgirls to receive All-MW honors at least three times in addition to being a two-time Scholar-Athlete honoree. The 2016 senior class of Beach, Courtney Chacon and Kayla Slofkiss won 85 matches as Cowgirls. The 85 victories are third all-time as a class.
“When I decided to play overseas it was because of the pure joy and love I have for the sport,” Beach added. “It is at Wyoming that I fell in love with volleyball and I owe that to my amazing teammates and coaching staff along the way. Now to have the opportunity to take the skills and passion I have formed here, overseas to places I have only dreamed of seeing, I am both humbled and grateful.”
The Lakewood, Colo., native becomes the second Cowgirl under head coach Chad Callihan to play professionally in Europe. In 2015-16, Erin Kirby played with Engelholm Vollybollsällskap in Sweden.