2015 Mountain West All-Star Women's Volleyball Team To Compete In Europe

 

2015 Global Challenge Europe Tournament Central
2015 Global Challenge Europe Opening Ceremony - July 12 - 1 p.m. MT / Noon PT
2015 Global Challenge Europe - Court 1
2015 Global Challenge Europe - Court 2

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – For the second year in a row, the Mountain West will be sending an all-star women's volleyball team to Europe, July 7-18, 2015. Leading the trip will be New Mexico women's volleyball coach and 2010 MW Coach of the Year Jeff Nelson.

Twelve Mountain West student-athletes make up the team that will travel to Maribor, Slovenia for three days of training sessions and friendly matches against national teams from Croatia, Israel and Slovenia. From July 13-16, the team will compete in the 2015 European Global Challenge in Pula, Croatia, featuring junior national and club teams from throughout Europe. Bring It Promotions, under the ownership of Tim Kelly, is managing the Mountain West all-star trip and has been running the Global Challenge tournament for 11 years. BIP has been coordinating overseas University tours since 1997. The 2014 squad placed third in the Brijuni Division at the Global Challenge.

The Mountain West all-star team includes two setters, one libero, four middle blockers and five outside hitters from eight of the 11 MW member institutions. Two-time All-Mountain West honoree Julia Warren of New Mexico returns to the travel team and is joined by Lobo teammate Devanne Sours. 2014 MW Newcomer of the Year Kaitlyn Oliver and her Boise State teammate, All-MW pick, Maddy O'Donnell will also be on the squad along with other All-Conference team members Adrianna Culbert (Colorado State), Bree Hammel (UNLV) and Alexis Patterson (UNLV). Assisting Nelson on the coaching staff is Air Force assistant coach Marc Swindle.

 

2015 Mountain West Global Challenge All-Star Volleyball Schedule
Date Opponent Time (MT/PT) Site
July 8 Training 8 a.m./7 a.m. Maribor, Slovenia
July 9 Training 12:30 a.m./11:30 p.m. (7/8) Maribor, Slovenia
Israel Senior National Team 9:30 a.m./8:30 a.m. Dras, Austria
July 10 Training 3 a.m./2 a.m. Dras, Austria
Slovenia Youth National Team 8 a.m./7 a.m. Dras, Austria
July 11 Italy Junior National Team 10:30 a.m./9:30 a.m. Bled, Slovenia
July 12 2015 Global Challenge Europe Opening Ceremony 1 p.m./Noon Pula, Croatia
July 13 GC - Hungary Junior B National Team
Court 2
3:30 a.m. / 2:30 a.m. Pula, Croatia
GC - Falconara Juniors (Italy)
Uljanik (no livestream)
11 a.m. / 10 a.m. Pula, Croatia
July 14 GC - Israel National Team
Court 2
3:30 a.m. / 2:30 a.m. Pula, Croatia
GC - Italy Junior National Team
Court 2
11 a.m. / 10 a.m. Pula, Croatia
July 15 GC - Opponent TBA TBA Pula, Croatia
July 16 GC - Opponent TBA TBA Pula, Croatia

 

2015 Mountain West Global Challenge All-Star Volleyball Team
Name '15 Cl. Pos. Institution
Kaitlyn Oliver So. MB Boise State
Maddy O'Donnell Jr. OPP/MB Boise State
Adrianna Culbert Sr. OPP/OH Colorado State
Cassidy Denny Jr. L/DS Colorado State
Lyndsey Anderson Jr. S Nevada
Devanne Sours Jr. OH/OPP New Mexico
Julia Warren Jr. OH New Mexico
Emma Fuzie So. MB San Diego State
Tyanna Roy Sr. OH San Jose State
Bree Hammel Jr. MB UNLV
Alexis Patterson Fr. S UNLV
Rachel Gale So. OH Utah State
Head Coach: Jeff Nelson New Mexico
Assistant Coach: Marc Swindle Air Force