Colorado State Advances to NCAA Regionals
Rams Advance to NCAA Regionals: Colorado State is the first Mountain West team to advance to the NCAA Regional round of the postseason tournament since 2009. The Rams are making their sixth appearance in the regional semifinals since joining the league in 1999 (1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2009, 2014). This will be the 11th regional semifinal appearance by a MW member institution.
Rams Hosted NCAA 1st & 2nd Rounds: Colorado State hosted the early rounds of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2009 on December 5 and 6. It was the 11th time the postseason event had come to Moby Arena. The Rams are now 15-2 when competing on their home court in the NCAA Tournament with wins over Denver and Colorado to advance to the 2014 regional.
CSU In Top 10: Colorado State remained at No. 9 in the AVCA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll going into the 2014 NCAA Tournament. The Rams have made 75 appearances in the top 10 over the program’s history, ranking 19th among all Division I teams.
Three With 20 Wins: Colorado State recorded 20 wins for the 20th consecutive season. The streak ranks fifth in the nation. UNLV became the second MW team to reach the 20-win mark this season after a 3-1 victory over then-No. 7 Colorado State on November 1. Wyoming was the third team to 20 victories after beating Fresno State 3-0 on November 8.
Rams Earn Six Consecutive Titles: Colorado State won its sixth consecutive Mountain West championship with a 3-0 win at Nevada on November 22. The Rams earned the MW automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament and will be making their 20th consecutive trip to the postseason event. CSU has won 12 of the league’s 16 regular season titles.
Riddle Sets MW Career Kills Record: New Mexico senior Chantale Riddle finished her collegiate career with 1,623 career kills and became the Mountain West’s all-time kill leader on November 25, passing the previous record of 1,620 set by Utah’s Kim Turner (2000-03). She finishes second on the all-time MW career points list with 1,910.
Coaching Milestones: UNLV head coach Cindy Fredrick earned her 500th overall victory on November 19 with a 3-0 win at Utah State. Fredrick is in her 28th season as a collegiate head coach. The win also set a new UNLV mark for wins in overall and Conference victories in a season (25 and 13).
Nobley Establishes New MW Rookie Marks: Boise State’s Sierra Nobley has set a Mountain West season record for kills by freshman with 432. After setting a career-high on November 22 with 30 kills at UNLV, she finished her rookie year with 31 on November 25 at Utah State. Nobley also set the standard for freshmen in Conference play with 277 kills over 18 matches, jumping the old record of 205. Both marks have stood since the 2002 season.
Kirby Becomes MW Matches Started Leader: Wyoming senior Erin Kirby took over the MW matches started record on November 22 at San José State with her 128th start, passing former teammate Jodi Purdy (127; 2009-12), and finished her career with 129. She finished fifth in career matches played (129) and second for career sets played at 478.
Glenn Records 1,000 Kills-1,000 Digs: UNLV senior Daryn Glenn became the seventh Mountain West and first UNLV student-athlete to master 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs in her career. Glenn joined the elite group of Conference players after she recorded her 1,000th kill at Fresno State on October 25. *Aspen McPartland, SDSU (2000-03): 1,319k-1,076d
*Michele Rauter, Wyoming (2000-03): 1,377k-1,072d
*Chelsea Goodman, BYU (2004-07): 1,493k-1,100d
*Lauren Otto, TCU (2006-09): 1,126k-1,115d
*Lisa Meeter, UNM (2007-10): 1,161k-1,130d
*Jodi Purdy, Wyoming (2009-12): 1,559k-1,278d
*Daryn Glenn, UNLV (2011-pres.): 1,095k-1,177d
Foss Named Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week: Colorado State senior Deedra Foss was named the Sports Imports/AVCA Player of the Week on November 25. Foss became the 10th MW player to earn the honor.
Riddle Named Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week: New Mexico senior Chantale Riddle was named the Sports Imports/AVCA Player of the Week on November 4. Riddle became the ninth MW player to earn the honor.
Davies and Eppright Named Capital One® Academic All-District: UNLV senior Allison Davies was named to the Capital One® Academic All-District VIII First Team, while Fresno State sophomore Maggie Eppright was named to the Second Team.
Culbert Named espnW National Player of the Week: Colorado State junior Adrianna Culbert was named the espnW Volleyball Player of the Week on October 15.
Senior CLASS Award: Wyoming middle blocker Erin Kirby Was selected as a candidate for the 2014 Senior CLASS Award in collegiate volleyball. Kirby Was one of 30 student-athletes named to the list. Candidates must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition. CLASS is the acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®.
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