Five Mountain West Student-Athletes Named 2014 AVCA All-Region
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Five Mountain West volleyball student-athletes were named to the 2014 American Volleyball Coaches Association All-Region teams today. Colorado State’s Deedra Foss (Sr., S), the 2014 Mountain West Player of the Year, is joined on the All-Pacific North Region Team by teammate Adrianna Culbert (Jr., OPP) and honorable mention selection Sierra Nobley (Fr., OH) of Boise State. New Mexico’s Chantale Riddle (Sr., RS) and UNLV’s Bree Hammel (So., MB) were named All-Pacific South Region honorable mention.
This marks the 16th consecutive season that the Mountain West is represented on the AVCA All-Region squads. Since 1999, 88 MW student-athletes have earned All-Region accolades and 52 have gone on to garner All-America status. The 2014 All-America team will be announced on Wednesday, Dec. 17.
The AVCA expanded the postseason awards program in 2013, splitting up the Mountain West teams among the Pacific North and Pacific South regions. The additions were made to recognize the elite talent across the nations. The teams are now specialized by position with the 14-member teams including five outside hitters, three middle blockers, two setters, one libero/defensive specialist and three at-large selections. Previously, the top 14 players, regardless of position, were selected.
Mountain West All-Region notes
* Boise State: Nobley, the 2014 MW Freshman of the Year, is one of three rookies to earn Pacific North All-Region honors this year. Nobley becomes the eighth Bronco, the second since Boise State joined the MW in 2011, to earn regional accolades.
* Colorado State: It is the eighth consecutive season that CSU has placed multiple student-athletes on the All-Region team (Culbert and Foss). This is the second year in a row that Culbert and Foss have been named All-Region.
* New Mexico: It is the seventh consecutive year that the Lobos have placed a student-athlete on the All-Region team. Riddle is a three-time honoree.
* UNLV: Hammel is the fourth Rebel to earn All-Region honors, the first since 2008. All four UNLV regional recipients have been since 2005.