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.



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



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