CSU volleyball picked as favorite to win 6th-straight Mountain West title

Kelsey Snider (above), along with Adrianna Culbert and Deedra Foss, were named to the 2014 Mountain West Preseason Women's Volleyball Team on Tuesday, and the Rams were picked as favorites to win their sixth-straight conference championship.

Kelsey Snider (above), along with Adrianna Culbert and Deedra Foss, were named to the 2014 Mountain West Preseason Women's Volleyball Team on Tuesday, and the Rams were picked as favorites to win their sixth-straight conference championship.

Aug. 19, 2014

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. –
The target will again be on the back of the Colorado State volleyball team, as the Rams were picked as favorites to win a sixth-consecutive Mountain West championship. CSU earned 97 total points in the 2014 Mountain West Preseason Women’s Volleyball Coaches’ Poll, which was announced Tuesday after voting was conducted by each institution’s head coach.

It marks the fourth time in the past five seasons that CSU has been tabbed as the league’s favorite.

The Rams – ranked 18th in the AVCA Division I Preseason Coaches’ Poll – earned seven of the league’s 11 first-place votes to reach 97 total points. New Mexico is right behind CSU, however, receiving four first-place votes and 91 points. The Lobos return six starters from last year’s squad, including 2014 Mountain West Preseason Player of the Year Chantale Riddle, a 2013 AVCA All-American.

Utah State (81) was picked third, with the top half of the poll rounding out with last year’s favorite San Diego State (73), regional rival Wyoming (55) and Boise State (54).

Additionally on Tuesday, a trio of Rams were named to the seven-person All-Mountain West Preseason Women’s Volleyball Team.

Adrianna Culbert, Deedra Foss and Kelsey Snider – each were 2013 All-Mountain West selections – garnered preseason accolades. With three players represented, CSU was the only team to have more than one selection.

Culbert is one of three right-side attackers, joining Elle Brainard (Utah State) and Riddle. Snider and Wyoming’s Erin Kirby are the two middle blocker selections. Foss was picked as the designated setter, while UNLV’s Allison Davies is the designated libero.

Foss was also a Preseason All-Mountain West selection a year ago. She went on to have a terrific season, leading the league with 11.77 assists per set and picking up Mountain West Setter of the Year and AVCA All-America Honorable Mention honors.

Culbert ranked in the top 20 in the league for hitting percentage, service aces and digs, and Snider ranked in the top 10 for hitting percentage and blocks.

Culbert and Brainard are the only two juniors, with the other five selections being seniors.

The Rams will seek a sixth consecutive conference championship in 2014, something that has never been accomplished during the program’s illustrious history. CSU won regular-season titles from 2000-04, but wasn’t crowned regular-season champion again until 2007.

All-time, CSU has won 11 of the 15 Mountain West regular-season titles and holds an .861 winning percentage (198-32), far greater than any Mountain West opponent, past or present.

In the preseason poll, CSU has been picked to finish first seven times, and has earned at least one first-place vote each season. Of the six prior times the Rams were favorites, they won the championship five times.

The Rams were picked second in 2013 before going 19-1 in conference play and leading the league wire to wire.

CSU begins the 2014 season Aug. 30 with a double-header against VCU (1 p.m.) and UC Santa Barbara (7:30 p.m.). The matches are part of the Rams Volleyball Classic, which will continue Aug. 31 vs. Marquette. Season tickets, mini plans and individual-match tickets can be purchased online, by calling 1-800-491-RAMS or at the McGraw Athletic Center Ticket Office.

2014 MOUNTAIN WEST PRESEASON WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL TEAM

Place  Team (First-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

 

 

2014 MOUNTAIN WEST PRESEASON WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL TEAM

Player Class  Position  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
Deedra Foss (setter) SR S Colorado State
Allison Davies (libero) SR L UNLV
       
Chantale Riddle (Player of the Year)
    New Mexico

 

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