COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Colorado State middle blocker Kirstie Hillyer and assistant coach Emily Hiza will join representatives from 10 league schools on the 2016 Mountain West Volleyball Summer All-Star Team.
Twelve Mountain West student-athletes make up the team that will travel to Maribor, Slovenia for three days of training sessions and friendly matches against national teams from the region. From July 10-14, the team will compete in the 2016 European Global Challenge in Pula, Croatia, featuring junior national and club teams from throughout Europe.
“I’m beyond excited for the experience as a whole,” Hillyer said. “Playing with some amazing players from all over the Mountain West will be a great opportunity and it’s a blessing for sure. I’m looking forward to seeing some amazing places and playing the sport I love in the process. I cannot wait to represent CSU volleyball and play with top Mountain West players.”
Hillyer is one of four middle blockers listed on the roster, and is the only player on the squad that will be a freshman in 2016. The Bayfield, Colorado native redshirted during the 2015 campaign.
Cassidy Denny and Adrianna Culbert participated on the 2015 Mountain West All-Star team, finishing with a 6-2 record and winning a bronze medal in the European Global Challenege.
In 2014 - the inaugural year for the all-star team - the MW squad took third place in the Brijuni Division. Marlee Reynolds and Kelsey Snider were part of that team, with Snider earning all-tournament honors.
Bring It Promotions, under the ownership of Tim Kelly, is managing the Mountain West all-star trip and has been running the Global Challenge tournament for 12 years. BIP has been coordinating overseas University tours since 1997.
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