April 15, 2014
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Rising seniors Marlee Reynolds and Kelsey Snider will represent Colorado State on the 2014 Mountain West Global Challenge All-Star Volleyball Team. Comprised of 12 of the top players in the conference, the team will spend 12 days in Europe competing against several junior national and top club teams.
"I'm very excited for the opportunity to play in Europe," Reynolds said. "It'll be such a different environment of competition, but it will be a great experience to play with other athletes from the Mountain West."
The trip will begin with four days of training and competition in Venice, Italy, before beginning the 2014 European Global Challenge, July 13-18 in Pula, Croatia. There, the all-star team will face junior national teams from Slovenia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary and Russia, as well as club teams from Italy, Serbia, Austria and Romania.
“It’s a unique experience for these two players,” Head Coach Tom Hilbert said. “They get to witness volleyball in a different country while playing in a highly competitive tournament. It’ll be a life experience they’ll never forget, and will help them become better players individually and for our team.”
Snider is one of three all-star members who was named to the 2013 All-Mountain West team. She ranked third on the team in kills (2.60 per set) and second in blocks (1.04), while hitting at a .365 clip. Her hitting percentage and blocks-per-set average ranked fifth and 10th in the MW, respectively. Reynolds led the Rams with 3.06 kills and 3.45 points per set. Those averages both ranked ninth in the MW, and on 18 occasions last year she tallied double figures in kills.
While this is the first time the Mountain West has had an all-star team, several current Rams have international experience, including Snider, who competed on the Bring It Promotions/USA Global Challenge team last summer in China.
"I'm really looking forward to playing in Europe," Snider said. "I want to play professionally after college, so this is good preparation for me. I'm also really excited to just see all of the sites."
Hilbert has also coached on several international trips throughout his career, including winning the 2009 European Global Challenge in Pula, Croatia.
In addition to unique competition, the trip will be a chance for the players to increase their level of play.
"Internationally, I know I might have to play more back row," Reynolds said. "It will be an opportunity to work on my defense and serve-receive, and hopefully become a better player for my senior season."
Bring It Promotions, under the ownership of Tim Kelly, is managing the trip, and has been running the Global Challenge tournament for 10 years. BIP has been coordinating overseas university tours since 1997, including the Rams’ trip to Italy and France in 2012.
Eight of the Mountain West’s 11 teams are represented on the all-star team, which will be coached by 2012 MW Coach of the Year Deitre Collins-Parker, of San Diego State.
2014 Mountain West Global Challenge All-Star Volleyball Team
|Sarah Baugh||Boise State||S|
|Marlee Reynolds||Colorado State||OH|
|Kelsey Snider||Colorado State||MB|
|Maci Murdock||Fresno State||MB|
|Cassie House||New Mexico||OH|
|Julia Warren||New Mexico||OH/L|
|Johnna Fouch||San Diego State||S|
|Baylee Little||San Diego State||OPP|
|Alexa Saba||San Diego State||L|
|Hanah Blume||San José State||OH|
Head Coach: Deitre Collins-Parker, San Diego State
Assistant Coach: JJ Glavan, New Mexico
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