Mountain West Women's Volleyball Weekly Release
The Mountain West Network will stream 11 MW matches this week. All matches will be streamed live and are free to view on TheMW.com.
Colorado State moved up five spots in the AVCA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll to No. 13 following a 3-0 start to the season. Two of the Rams’ wins came against teams receiving votes in the preseason poll - UC Santa Barbara (3-0) and Marquette (3-0). CSU hosts No. 4 Wisconsin on Saturday. The match will be streamed live on the Mountain West Network at 7 p.m. MT.
New Mexico continues to receive votes (5 points) in the AVCA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll after a 2-1 start. The Lobos’ lone loss came at the hands of then-No. 2 Texas. UNM faces two Top 25 opponents this week in No. 20 Hawai‘i (Thursday) and No. 22 Oregon (Saturday).
Wyoming ended the 2013 season with a seven-match win streak, the longest for the Cowgirls in conference play in program history. The overall win streak has been extended to 11 as Wyoming began the 2014 season 4-0. The 11-match streak is the second-longest in school history.
Utah State opened the season with a sell-out crowd of 1,400 in the newly-opened Kirby Court at Wayne Estes Center on Friday, August 29. The Aggies defeated Idaho State 3-1 in the home opener.
Fresno State senior Maci Murdock is currently the Bulldog career record holder in hitting percentage at .324 and ranks ninth in total blocks (299).
Air Force honored an alumnae over the weekend with the Falcon Classic, in honor of Amy Svoboda. Svoboda was a 1989 graduate and four-year winner on the Air Force volleyball team, who was killed during an A-10 training accident in 1997. Svoboda, who earned MVP honors during her senior season with the Falcons, was one of the first 14 female fighter pilots in the Air Force and one of the first six to fly the A-10. Members of Svoboda’s family joined the current Falcons during the tournament this past weekend.
Several Mountain West teams won tournament titles during the first weekend of action, while numerous individuals were named to all-tournament teams:
Colorado State - Rams Volleyball Classic
Nevada - Pepperdine Asics Classic
Wyoming - Montana Invitational
Adidas Rice Invitational - Zana Bowens, Fresno State
Chevron Rainbow Wahine Classic - Chaiymin Steel, San Diego State
Elon Phoenix Classic - Tyanna Roy, San José State
Lobo Classic - Chantale Riddle, New Mexico; Simone Henderson, New Mexico
Montana Invitational - Courtney Chacon, MVP, Wyoming; Bridget Shanahan, Wyoming; Kayla Slofkiss, Wyoming
Northwest Challenge - Sierra Nobley, Boise State; Sarah Baugh, Boise State
Pepperdine Asics Classic - Sam Willoughby, MVP, Nevada
Rams Volleyball Classic - Kelsey Snider, MVP, Colorado State; Jaime Colaizzi, Colorado State; Deedra Foss, Colorado State
UNLV Invitational - Bree Hammel, UNLV; Katlin Winters, UNLV
Utah State Invitational sponsored by Gossner Foods - Kaitlyn VanHoff, Utah State; Ashlan Rogers-Court, Utah State
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