Aug. 17, 2010
By Danny Mattie
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – With five returning starters and an incoming freshman class ranked No. 15 nationally by PrepVolleyball.com, the CSU volleyball team, coming off of a 25-6 season that included an MWC title, a final No. 17 national ranking, and a trip to the NCAA Regional Semifinals, was selected as the preseason favorite in the Mountain West by the league’s coaches and a panel of select media.
Colorado State received 15 of 16 first-place votes to run away with the top spot in the preseason rankings, tallying 134 total points. Utah finished second in the vote with 104 points, followed by TCU (99) and New Mexico (96). BYU rounded out the top 5 with 85 points and was the only other program to receive a first-place vote. San Diego State (62) came in sixth, ahead of Wyoming (43), UNLV (36) and Air Force (16).
Two Rams also received recognition on the 2010 preseason All-MWC squad, highlighted by senior outside hitter Danielle Minch who was voted the favorite to repeat as Mountain West Player of the Year. Additionally, CSU’s junior setter Evan Sanders, a 2009 all-MWC selection in her first season as the Rams’ starter, was picked as the preseason Setter of the Year.
Other preseason all-MWC selections included New Mexico’s Jade Michaelsen, San Diego State’s Lauren Salisbury, Utah’s Karolina Bartkowiak and Wyoming’s Jody Purdy. Keisha Fisher of Utah was picked as the league’s top libero.
Colorado State begins the 2010 campaign Aug. 27, hosting the Coors Rocky Mountain Challenge. The Rams open the season against ACC power Duke at 7 p.m. at Moby Arena. The Rams begin defense of the 2009 MWC title Sept. 24 at BYU. CSU’s conference home opener is slated for Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. vs. San Diego State.
CSU enters the 2010 season looking for its 16th consecutive season with at least 20 victories and an appearance in the NCAA tournament.
AVCA national rankings announced
The American Volleyball Coaches’ Association (AVCA) also announced its preseason Top-25 coaches’ poll on Tuesday afternoon. Colorado State begins the 2010 campaign right where it left off in 2009: ranked No. 17 in the nation.
Colorado State’s 2010 schedule will feature matches against six opponents that are either ranked or receiving votes in the preseason, highlighted by a Sept. 4 matchup at No. 13 Florida as part of the Gators’ Campus USA Credit Union Invitational.
The schedule also includes non-conference home matchups with Duke (Aug. 27) and Long Beach State (Sept. 17), both of which are receiving votes.
Three other Mountain West Conference schools – Utah, New Mexico and San Diego State – are also receiving votes.
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