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The Mountain West Network will stream 10 MW matches this week, including nine over the first two dates of Conference play. All matches will be streamed live and are free to view on

CSU In Top 10: Colorado State moved up one spot in the AVCA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll to No. 7. It is the Rams’ highest national mark since October 11, 2004, when CSU was also ranked No. 7. The Rams have made 65 appearances in the top 10 over the program’s history, ranking 19th among all Division I programs.

Wyoming Receiving Votes: Wyoming is receiving votes in the AVCA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll for the first time since the MW formed in 1999.

Playing For The Title: The 16th season of Mountain West Conference play begins on Thursday, September 25 with 10 of 11 teams in action. All five matches will be broadcast on the Mountain West Network.

Road Wins: Colorado State begins MW action on the road at Utah State on Thursday, September 25. The Rams take a 21-match road winning streak and a 26-match regular season win streak away from Moby Arena into Logan.

Best Start: UNLV’s 11-3 record ties for the best start in program history, matching the 2007 team that went on to win the MW Championship title and a bid to the NCAA Tournament. Over the past three weeks, the Rebels are 8-1, criss-crossing the country to play tournaments in New Jersey, Washington and Arkansas.

Home Sweet Home: Fresno State is ready to finally play a match in the Save Mart Center. The Bulldogs have been on the road for the first four weeks of the 2014 season and will sneak in an home exhibition match with Fresno Pacific on Tuesday, September 23. FS continues on the road to start MW play this week. The team’s first regular season home match will be Thursday, October 2 against Nevada.

Madisons Have Career Match: Nevada’s Madison Morell and Madison Foley both set career-highs in kills in a 3-1 loss at Denver on September 20. Each player recorded 18 kills in the match.

Building Blocks I: Mountain West blockers are continuing the tradition of being some of the best in the nation. Utah State’s Elle Brainard, New Mexico’s Chantale Riddle and UNLV’s Bree Hammel rank among the Top 25 in the NCAA this week. Hammel ranks 4th in blocks (75) and 13th in blocks per set (1.56), while Riddle is ninth in blocks per set (1.60) and 23rd in blocks (64). Brainard sits at 14th in blocks per set with a 1.56 average.

Building Blocks II: Utah State senior Kaitlyn VanHoff needs just 17 total blocks to take over as the Aggies’ career leader in the category. She has 461 total blocks over her USU career, closing in on the record of 477 held by Denae Mohlman (1997-2000). VanHoff became USU’s career record holder in block assists on September 6.

Building Blocks III: Wyoming senior Erin Kirby became the career leader in total blocks for Cowgirls on September 19 with six against UC Davis. Kirby currently ranks fourth in the MW with 630 total blocks.

End Of A Streak: San José State saw its 15-match losing streak come to an end on September 19. The Spartans went 3-1 in the Chicago State Invitational over the weekend, earning head coach Jolene Shepardson her first wins with SJSU.

Wyoming middle blocker Erin Kirby has been selected as a candidate for the 2014 Senior CLASS Award in collegiate volleyball. Kirby is 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®.

Several Mountain West teams won tournament titles during the fourth weekend of action, while numerous individuals were named to all-tournament teams:

Tournament Champions

Boise State - Islanders Classic
Colorado State - Residence Inn Invitational
UNLV - Central Arkansas Sugar Bear Invitational

All-Tournament honorees

Chicago State Invitational - Sara Hibbs, San José State
Crimson-White Tournament - Halle Aiken, San Diego State
Hampton Inn & Suites UNC Classic - Bridget Shanahan, Wyoming; Kayla Henderson, Wyoming
Islanders Classic - Sarah Baugh, Boise State (MVP); Alyssa Gammel, Boise State; Maddy O’Donnell, Boise State
Lone Star Showdown - Rebecca Bates, Air Force; Akokwe Clement, Air Force
Residence Inn Invitational - Marlee Reynolds, Colorado State (MVP); Jasmine Hanna, Colorado State; Jaime Colaizzi, Colorado State
Roadrunner Classic - Zana Bowens, Fresno State
SMU Invitational - Chantale Riddle, New Mexico; Hannah Johnson, New Mexico
Sugar Bear Invitational - Bree Hammel, UNLV (MVP); Daryn Glenn, UNLV; Alyssa Wing, UNLV