Aug. 19, 2014
RENO, Nev. – The University of Nevada volleyball team was predicted to finish 11th in the Mountain West preseason poll voted on by the league’s head coaches, the conference announced on Tuesday.
The Wolf Pack earned 12 total points while Colorado State was picked to repeat as conference champions, garnering seven-first place votes and 97 total points. The Rams were followed by New Mexico in second place with 91 points and Utah State in third with 81. The Lobos’ Chantale Riddle was tabbed as the MW Preseason Player of the Year.
Head coach Ruth Lawanson’s squad enters the 2014 campaign with a majority of their offensive production returning from last season, including senior middle blocker Tessa Lea’ea, a 2012 All-MW performer and the returning team leader in kills (307) from 2013. Junior middle hitter Sam Willoughby, a member of the 2014 Mountain West Volleyball All-Star team, also returns. Lyndsey Anderson and Kara Kasser, the Pack’s returning leaders in assists and digs, respectively, will also be back in the Silver and Blue in the fall along with seven other players who appeared in 20 or more matches last season.
Season tickets for the 2014 volleyball season are available and are just $50 for adults and $45 for youth/seniors. Youth season tickets include a Pup Club membership, which provides a free t-shirt in addition to season tickets for Football, Volleyball, Baseball and Softball. Become a Wolf Pack ticketholder today by calling (775) 348-PACK or by purchasing online.
2014 ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST PRESEASON WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL TEAM
Player Cl. Pos. Team
Adrianna Culbert Jr. OPP Colorado State
Kelsey Snider Sr. MB Colorado State
Chantale Riddle Sr. OPP New Mexico
Elle Brainard Jr. OPP Utah State
Erin Kirby Sr. MB Wyoming
Setter: Deedra Foss Sr. S Colorado State
Libero: Allison Davies Sr. L UNLV
Preseason Player of the Year: Chantale Riddle, New Mexico
2014 MOUNTAIN WEST PRESEASON WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL COACHES’ POLL
Pl. Team (1st place votes) Points
1. Colorado State (7) 97
2. New Mexico (4) 91
3. Utah State 81
4. San Diego State 73
5. Wyoming 55
6. Boise State 54
7. UNLV 50
8. Fresno State 40
9. Air Force 31
10. San José State 21
11. Nevada 12
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