Volleyball Picked Second In Conference Preseason Poll

Aug. 14, 2012

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The San Diego State Aztec volleyball team has been picked to finish second in the annual preseason poll of a voting panel comprised of the nine Mountain West head women's volleyball coaches. In addition, Andrea Hannasch and Johnna Fouch have been named to the Mountain West preseason all-conference squad.

Defending league champion Colorado State is the favorite to win the 2012 MW regular season title. The AVCA Preseason No. 25-ranked Rams collected eight first-place votes and 80 total points. 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 seventh places were separated by nine total points with newcomer Fresno State leading the way with 45 points, UNLV in fifth with 42, New Mexico in sixth with 40 and Boise State in seventh with 36. Newcomer Nevada was picked eighth with 16 points, followed by Air Force with 11.

Both Hannasch and Fouch also are returning all-Mountain West performers for head coach Deitre Collins-Parker's Aztecs. A two-time all-MW honoree, Hannasch is a senior middle blocker from New Braunfels, Texas, who averaged 2.94 kills per set while hitting .307 last fall. She also averaged 1.17 blocks per set en route to earning honorable mention All-America and all-West region honors.

Fouch, a junior setter from Redlands, Calif., averaged 11.32 assists per set in 2011 to lead the Mountain West in that category for the second consecutive season, She currently sits 21st on the MW's all-time career assists list with 2,439 and ranks eighth on the SDSU on the career list.

San Diego State's 2012 season opens on Friday, Aug. 24, with a match against Delaware at 7:00 p.m. on Aztec Court in Peterson Gym. The following evening the Aztecs will take on 17th-ranked California at 7:00 p.m. to conclude the weekend's Aztec Invitational.

2012 PRESEASON 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