MWC volleyball coaches pick Broncos to finish seventh

BOISE, Idaho - Boise State's volleyball team was picked to place seventh out of 11 teams in the 2013 Mountain West Conference coaches' preseason poll. This is the third season for the Broncos in the MW where they finished tied for fifth in the previous two campaigns. Boise State returns eight letterwinners and three starters from 2012 when the Broncos recorded their third-consecutive winning season with a 17-15 overall mark and a 8-8 conference record.

A voting panel comprised of the 11 Mountain West head women's volleyball coaches chose defending league champion San Diego State as the favorite to win the 2013 MW regular season title. The Aztecs, 2012 MW co-champions with Colorado State, collected nine first-place votes and 99 total points. The Rams were selected to finish second with 90 points and received the two remaining first-place votes. Five points separated third through sixth place with UNLV edging out newcomer Utah State for third with 70 points to the Aggies' 68. New Mexico and Fresno State were separated by one point as the Lobos earned 66 points for fifth place and the Bulldogs were sixth with 65. Boise State landed in seventh with 51 points, followed by Wyoming in eighth with 37, newcomer San Jos State in ninth with 27, Air Force in 10th with 17 and Nevada rounded out the poll with 15.

San Diego State senior Johnna Fouch has been named the 2013 MW Preseason Player of the Year and the designated setter on the seven-member All-MW Preseason Team. Fouch is joined on the preseason team by fellow Aztec Raegan Shelton, New Mexico teammates Chantale Riddle and Miquella Lovato, and Colorado State setter Deedra Foss. Fresno State's Korrin Wild and UNLV's Madeline Westman round out the list of preseason honorees as selected by the head coaches. Six of the seven members are returning 2012 All-MW team members. Fouch and Riddle also are returning honorable mention All-Americans.

The 2013 season opens Friday, Aug. 30, with all 11 league teams in action. Conference play begins on Wednesday, Sept. 18, with Boise State at Utah State and Colorado State entertaining Wyoming in the first round of the annual Border War.

Player, Class, Pos., Team
Deedra Foss, Jr., S, Colorado State
Korrin Wild, Sr., OH, Fresno State
Chantale Riddle, Jr., OPP, New Mexico
Raegan Shelton, Sr., OH, San Diego State
Madeline Westman, Sr., MB, UNLV
Setter: Johnna Fouch, Sr., S, San Diego State
Libero: Miquella Lovato, Sr., L, New Mexico

Preseason Player of the Year: Johnna Fouch, San Diego State

Pl. Team (1st place votes) Points
1. San Diego State (9) 99
2. Colorado State (2) 90
3. UNLV 70
4. Utah State 68
5. New Mexico 66
6. Fresno State 65
7. Boise State 51
8. Wyoming 37
9. San Jos State 27
10. Air Force 17
11. Nevada 15
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