Mountain West Women's Volleyball Weekly Release
Colorado State (28-1) is making its 19th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Rams will face Big West tri-champion Cal State Northridge (23-6) in the first round of the Los Angeles sub-regional. It is the ninth time CSU has earned the league’s automatic bid.
Colorado State is ranked No. 12 in this week’s AVCA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll.
Colorado State’s 27-0 start marked the best in MW history, passing the record of 20-0 set in 2001 by CSU and in 2005 by BYU. The 27 straight wins also established a new MW record for consecutive victories.
Colorado State earned its fifth consecutive MW championship on Saturday, Nov. 16, when Utah State defeated Fresno State, dropping the Bulldogs to 11-5 with four matches left for the Rams in the regular season. It is the Rams’ 11th MW regular-season title.
New Mexico finished the season with 24 overall wins, the most recorded by the Lobo volleyball program since 1988 (25-5).
Air Force ended the regular season with five wins in Mountain West play, matching the program’s best conference win total (1999) since moving to Division I in 1996.
Fresno State seniors Marissa Brand and Korrin Wild finished their careers among the top attackers in Bulldog history. Brand ended up fourth in career kills with 1,310, while Wild placed seventh with 1,256.
San Diego State’s Johnna Fouch and Wyoming’s Rachel Keyes finished their careers among the Top 10 MW players in sets played, matches played and matches started. Since the start of the 2010 season, Fouch played in 453 sets (8th) and started 118 of 120 matches played (T7th), while Keyes played in 452 sets (9th) and 130 matches (T3rd).
Four MW student-athletes were named to Capital One Academic All-District teams this season: Ayesha Hein, Air Force (Jr., District VII, First Team); Lena Skipper, New Mexico (Sr., District VII, First Team); Marissa Brand, Fresno State (Sr., District VIII, First Team); and Madeline Westman, UNLV (Sr., District VIII, First Team). All four student-athletes have earned at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average and are starters for their respective teams. All first-team selections move on to the Capital One Academic All-America ballot.