Wolf Pack tabbed for 11th in Mountain West preseason poll

Head coach Ruth Lawanson enters her fourth season at the helm of the Nevada volleyball program.

Head coach Ruth Lawanson enters her fourth season at the helm of the Nevada volleyball program.

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.





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



  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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