Four Mountain West Student-Athletes named 2013 AVCA All-Region

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Four Mountain West volleyball student-athletes were named to the 2013 American Volleyball Coaches Association All-Region teams today.  Colorado State’s Samantha Peters (Sr., MB), the 2013 Mountain West Player of the Year, is joined on the All-Pacific North Region Team by teammates Adrianna Culbert (So., OPP) and Deedra Foss (Jr., S). Rams’ head coach Tom Hilbert was named the Pacific North Region Coach of the Year. New Mexico’s Chantale Riddle (Jr., RS) was named to the All-Pacific South Region Team.

This marks the 15th consecutive season that the Mountain West was represented on the AVCA All-Region squads.  Since 1999, 83 MW student-athletes have earned all-region accolades and 51 have gone on to garner All-America status.  The 2013 All-America team will be announced on Wednesday, Dec. 18.

The AVCA added two regions this season to the postseason awards program, splitting up the Mountain West teams among the Pacific North and Pacific South regions. The additions were made to recognize the elite talent across the nations.  The teams are now specialized by position with the 14-member teams including five outside hitters, three middle blockers, two setters, one libero/defensive specialist and three at-large selections. Previously, the top 14 players, regardless of position, were selected.

Mountain West All-Region notes

* Colorado State: It is the seventh consecutive season that CSU has placed multiple student-athletes on the All-Region team (Culbert, Foss and Peters). Culbert is one of three sophomores named to the Pacific North team.

* New Mexico: It is the sixth consecutive year that the Lobos have placed a student-athlete on the All-Region team.  Riddle is a two-time honoree.