Mountain West Women's Volleyball 2016 Summer All-Star Team Announced


2016 Global Challenge Europe Tournament Central

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – For the third year in a row, the Mountain West will be sending an all-star women’s volleyball team to Europe. Leading the trip will be Boise State women’s volleyball coach and 2015 MW Coach of the Year Shawn Garus.

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 the region. From July 10-14, the team will compete in the 2016 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 12 years. BIP has been coordinating overseas University tours since 1997. The last two Mountain West squads have each 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/opposite hitters from 10 of the 11 MW member institutions. It will be the first time that a representative from the Air Force Academy will be participating as a team member. Elizabeth Pennington will be using her three-week leave period this summer to compete with the all-star team. Pennington will be joined on the team by two-time All-Mountain West honoree Sierra Nobley (Boise State) and 2015 All-Conference team members Madison Morell from Nevada and Deja Harris from San Diego State. Garus will be assisted by Colorado State assistant coach Emily Hiza and Nevada volunteer assistant Vish Djurdjevic.


2016 Mountain West Global Challenge All-Star Volleyball Team
Name Pos. '16 Year Institution
Elizabeth Pennington OH So. Air Force
Sierra Nobley OH Jr. Boise State
Kirstie Hillyer MB/OH R-Fr. Colorado State
Aleishia Coates OH Sr. Fresno State
Madison Morell OH Sr. Nevada
Carson Heilborn S So. New Mexico
Victoria Spragg MB/OPP Jr. New Mexico
Deja Harris MB So. San Diego State
Luiza Andrade L So. San José State
Ashley Owens MB Jr. UNLV
Kayla DeCoursey OPP Jr. Utah State
Erica Moscoso S Sr. Utah State
Head Coach: Shawn Garus Boise State
Assistant Coach: Emily Hiza Colorado State
Assistant Coach: Vish Djurdjevic Nevada