Colorado State Selected As Favorite To Win 2014 MW Women's Volleyball Title
A voting panel comprised of the 11 Mountain West head women’s volleyball coaches chose five-time defending league champion Colorado State as the favorite to win the 2014 MW regular season title. The Rams, 28-2, collected seven first-place votes and 97 total points. New Mexico was selected to finish second with 91 points and received the four remaining first-place votes. Utah State was picked third with 81 points ahead of San Diego State in fourth with 73. Five points separate fifth through seventh place as Wyoming collected 55 points, followed by Boise State with 54 and UNLV with 50. Fresno State earned 40 points for eighth place, while Air Force landed in ninth with 31. San José State and Nevada rounded out the poll in 10th and 11th place with 21 and 12 points, respectively.
New Mexico senior Chantale Riddle has been named the 2014 MW Preseason Player of the Year and a member of the seven-person All-MW Preseason Team. Riddle is joined on the preseason team by the Colorado State trio of Adrianna Culbert, Deedra Foss and Kelsey Snider. UNLV libero Allison Davies, Utah State’s Elle Brainard and Wyoming’s Erin Kirby round out the list of preseason honorees as selected by the head coaches. Six of the seven members are returning 2013 All-MW team members.
Riddle, a returning AVCA third-team All-American, is one of the top returning hitters in the Conference. Riddle led the league with 4.11 kills and 4.77 points per set in 2013 for the Lobos. The Roswell, New Mexico, native is a two-time All-MW honoree and currently ranks 26th on the MW career kills list with 1,182.
Foss is a returning AVCA honorable mention All-American and earned All-MW honors for the Rams in 2012 and 2013. The senior from McKenna, Washington averaged 11.87 assists per set overall, leading CSU to its 19th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Culbert is a returning All-MW and AVCA honorable mention All-America selection. The junior from Delton, Michigan, hit .312 with 2.61 kills per set for the season overall in 2013. Snider, a senior from Arvada, Colorado, is one of the top returning blockers in the Conference with a 1.02 per set average.
Kirby is the top returning blocker in the nation, finishing 2013 with a 1.77 blocks per set average. The senior from Evanston, Wyoming, was sixth in the Conference last season in hitting percentage (.353). She ranks seventh on the MW career total blocks list with 573. Davies is one of the top returning back-row defenders in the MW. The senior from Eugene, Oregon, was fourth in the Conference with 4.19 digs per set and is currently 14th on the MW career digs list with 1,300. Brainard, a junior, was 10th in the MW last season with 3.00 kills per set. The native of Saratoga Springs, Utah, leads the Aggies into their second season of MW play.
The 2014 season opens Friday, Aug. 29, with 10 of the 11 league teams in action. Conference play begins on Thursday, Sept. 25, with 10 teams in action and all five matches available on the Mountain West Network (MWN).
|2014 MOUNTAIN WEST PRESEASON WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL COACHES' POLL|
|Rk.||Team (1st-Place Votes)||Points|
|1.||Colorado State (7)||97|
|2.||New Mexico (4)||91|
|4.||San Diego State||73|
|10.||San José State||21|
|2014 MOUNTAIN WEST WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM|
|Adrianna Culbert||Jr.||OPP||Colorado State|
|Kelsey Snider||Sr.||MB||Colorado State|
|Chantale Riddle||Sr.||OPP||New Mexico|
|Elle Brainard||Jr.||OPP||Utah State|
Preseason Player of the Year: Chantale Riddle, Sr., OPP, New Mexico