Pack Picked Eighth in Mountain West
Aug. 14, 2012
RENO, Nev. – A panel made of up of the nine Mountain West head volleyball coaches tabbed the University of Nevada eighth in its inaugural season in the conference on Tuesday.
The Wolf Pack earned 16 points in the poll, one spot behind Boise State with 36 and one spot ahead of Air Force with 11.
The panel selected defending champion Colorado State as the favorite to take the regular-season title, as the Rams earned a total of 80 points and all but one of the first-place votes. San Diego State, the 2011 runner-up, was selected to finish second with 69 points, while Wyoming earned the remaining first-place vote and 66 points for a close third. Fourth through sixth places were separated by five total points with newcomer Fresno State leading the way with 45 points, UNLV in fifth with 42 and New Mexico in sixth with 40.
Also announced on Tuesday, Colorado State’s Dana Cranston and Wyoming’s Jodi Purdy share the 2012 MW Preseason Player of the Year award. Cranston is one of four Rams on the seven-member 2012 All-MW Preseason Team, as three-time all-MW performer Megan Plourde, Brieon Paige and Izzy Gaulia join Cranston and Purdy on the squad. San Diego State’s Andrea Hannasch and Johnna Fouch round out the list of preseason honorees as selected by the head coaches.
2012 ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST PRESEASON WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL TEAM
Player Cl. Pos. Team
Dana Cranston Sr. OH Colorado State
Brieon Paige Sr. MB Colorado State
Megan Plourde Sr. MB Colorado State
Andrea Hannasch Sr. MB San Diego State
Jodi Purdy Sr. OH Wyoming
Setter: Johnna Fouch Jr. S San Diego State
Libero: Izzy Gaulia Sr. L Colorado State
Co-Preseason Players of the Year: Dana Cranston, Colorado State; Jodi Purdy, Wyoming
2012 MOUNTAIN WEST PRESEASON WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL COACHES’ POLL
Pl. Team (1st place votes) Points
1. Colorado State (8) 80
2. San Diego State 69
3. Wyoming (1) 66
4. Fresno State 45
5. UNLV 42
6. New Mexico 40
7. Boise State 36
8. Nevada 16
9. Air Force 11