Mountain West Women's Volleyball Weekly Release
On The MWN: The Mountain West Network will stream all 10 MW Conference matches this week on TheMW.com.
CSU In Top 10: Colorado State stayed at No. 7 in the AVCA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll this week. It is the Rams’ highest national mark since October 11, 2004, when CSU was also ranked No. 7. The Rams have made 66 appearances in the top 10 over the program’s history, ranking 19th among all Division I programs.
Air Force Off to 2-0 MW Start, All On The Road: Air Force is starting Conference play at 2-0 for the first time since moving up to Division I in 1996. The Falcons rallied from a two-set deficit on September 25 to beat Nevada 3-2, their first win in a DI conference opener. AFA followed up with a 3-1 win at San José State on September 27. It is the first time since 2003 the Falcons have earned multiple road wins in MW play.
Four Start Undefeated: No. 7 Colorado State, New Mexico and Air Force began the 2014 MW season 2-0 last week, while UNLV and San Diego State are 1-0. CSU, UNM and AFA started Conference play on the road. UNLV and SDSU hosted Fresno State.
Road Wins: Colorado State extended its true road win streak to 23 matches. The Rams also pushed their overall regular season win streak away from Moby Arena to 28 with wins at Utah State and Boise State last week. The Rams’ recent eight-match road stretch was its longest since the 2003 season.
Best Start: UNLV’s 13-3 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. The Rebels have won 12 of their last 13 matches.
Home Sweet Home: Fresno State is ready to finally play a regular-season match in the Save Mart Center. The Bulldogs have been on the road for 16 consecutive matches to start the 2014 season. The team’s first regular season home match will be Thursday, October 2 against Nevada.
Lea‘ea Closing In On 1,000 Kills: Nevada senior Tessa Lea‘ea is four kills away from reaching the 1,000-kill career mark. She has 996 kills heading into the October 2 match at Fresno State.
Kirby All-Time MW Block Assists Leader: Wyoming senior Erin Kirby recorded three block assists on September 25 to become the MW career leader. She currently has 598 career block assists and is second in the Mountain West with 641 total blocks.
VanHoff Becomes USU All-Time Blocks Leader: Utah State senior Kaitlyn VanHoff logged eight block assists on September 27 against Wyoming to become the Aggies’ career total blocks leader. She has 478 total blocks over her USU career, passing Denae Mohlman’s (1997-2000) record of 477. VanHoff became USU’s career record holder in block assists on September 6.
Fresno State-Nevada Connection: The October 2 match between Fresno State and Nevada features head coaches going against their alma maters. Nevada’s Ruth Lawanson is a 1987 graduate of Fresno State and is one of the greatest female athletes in Bulldog history. She was the first FS volleyball player to earn NCAA All-America honors and have her jersey retired. FS head coach Lauren Netherby-Sewell graduated from Nevada in 2001, ranking fifth in all-time kills and eighth in service aces for the Wolf Pack.
Senior CLASS Award: 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®.
MOUNTAIN WEST NETWORK