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On The MWN: The Mountain West Network will stream all 11 MW Conference matches this week on

CSU In Top 10: Colorado State moved up one spot to No. 6 in the AVCA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll this week. The last time CSU was ranked No. 6 was Oct. 29, 2001. The Rams have made 68 appearances in the top 10 over the program’s history, ranking 19th among all Division I programs.

Then There Was One: No. 6 Colorado State is the only undefeated team in MW play after three weeks of action at 6-0. The Rams are starting 6-0 for the fifth time in the past seven seasons.

Air Force Off To Best Start In Conference Play: Air Force is off to its best start in Conference action at 3-1 since moving up to Division I in 1996. The Falcons split matches with Boise State (3-1) and Utah State (2-3) last week after starting MW play at 2-0.

Road Wins: Colorado State extended its true road win streak to 24 matches on October 7 at Wyoming (3-0). The Rams also pushed their overall regular season win streak away from Moby Arena to 29 with the win in Laramie. CSU’s MW road win streak is currently at 17. The Rams are on the road this week – Oct. 16 at New Mexico and Oct. 17 at Air Force.

Garus Earns No. 200: Boise State head coach Shawn Garus earned his 200th win as a head coach on Oct. 9 when the Broncos defeated Nevada, 3-0. Garus is in his 14th season as a collegiate head coach.

Keltner Becomes No. 1: Air Force senior Hillary Keltner became the Falcons’ Division I era career assists leader on Oct. 11 with 25 at San Diego State. She has 3,622 assists and ranks 16th on the MW all-time list.

Murdock In Good Company: Fresno State senior Maci Murdock is in good company among the Bulldogs’ career leaders in hitting percentage. Murdock is tied for third with a .307 mark, behind 1992 Olympian Ruth Lawanson (.317; also Nevada’s head coach) and Tera Booker (.315; 1992-95).

Promoting Cancer Awareness: Each team in the Mountain West is promoting awareness for a cure for breast cancer during the month of October at select home matches. UNLV took things a step further to include the fight for all forms of cancer. The Rebels hosted two matches last week with Victory for Victoria on Oct. 9 and Block Out Cancer on Oct. 11. The sale of pre-game warm-up t-shirts on the 9th raised funds to cover medical and travel expenses for a local club volleyball player battling bone cancer. Throughout the month each team member with a friend or family member battling cancer has been featured on the UNLV Volleyball social media channels announcing who they are playing for in the fight for a cure.

Orr Eclipses 1,000 Kill Mark: Utah State senior Rachel Orr reached the 1,000 career kills mark on Oct. 9 with 14 against San José State. Her 1,016 kills ranks seventh on the Aggies’ career kills list.

Kirby Closing In On MW Career Blocks Title: Wyoming senior Erin Kirby is currently second in the Mountain West with 660 career total blocks. Kirby is just 11 blocks away from taking over the league’s top spot, currently held by Utah’s Kim Turner (670; 2000-03).

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®.