O'Donnell and Oliver Head for Croatia
July 8, 2015

Boise State's Maddy O'Donnell and Kaitlyn Oliver have headed to Croatia to compete with the Mountain West All-Stars at the 2015 European Global Challenge in Pula July 7-18. The Bronco duo left Boise Tuesday afternoon. This is the third consecutive year that Boise State has been represented in this tournament with Katelyn Kinghorn (2013) and Sarah Baugh (2014) having both participated in the last two years.

Tournament Links
2015 Global Challenge Europe Tournament Central

2015 Global Challenge Europe Opening Ceremony - July 12 - 1 p.m. MT / Noon PT
2015 Global Challenge Europe - Court 1
2015 Global Challenge Europe - Court 2

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. For the second year in a row, the Mountain West will be sending an all-star women's volleyball team to Europe, July 7-18, 2015. Leading the trip will be New Mexico women's volleyball coach and 2010 MW Coach of the Year Jeff Nelson.

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 Croatia, Israel and Slovenia. From July 13-16, the team will compete in the 2015 European Global Challenge in Pula, Croatia, featuring junior national and club teams from throughout Europe. 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 11 years. BIP has been coordinating overseas University tours since 1997. The 2014 squad placed third in the Brijuni Division at the Global Challenge.

The Mountain West all-star team includes two setters, one libero, four middle blockers and five outside hitters from eight of the 11 MW member institutions. Two-time All-Mountain West honoree Julia Warren of New Mexico returns to the travel team and is joined by Lobo teammate Devanne Sours. 2014 MW Newcomer of the Year Kaitlyn Oliver and her Boise State teammate, All-MW pick, Maddy O'Donnell will also be on the squad along with other All-Conference team members Adrianna Culbert (Colorado State), Bree Hammel (UNLV) and Alexis Patterson (UNLV). Assisting Nelson on the coaching staff is Air Force assistant coach Marc Swindle.


2015 MOUNTAIN WEST GLOBAL CHALLENGE ALL-STAR VOLLEYBALL SCHEDULE
Date Opponent Time (MT/PT) Site
July 8
Training 8 a.m./7 a.m. Maribor, Slovenia


July 9
Training 12:30 a.m./11:30 p.m. (7/8) Maribor, Slovenia

Israel Senior National Team 9:30 a.m./8:30 a.m. Dras, Austria

July 10
Training 3 a.m./2 a.m. Dras, Austria

Slovenia Youth National Team 8 a.m./7 a.m. Dras, Austria

July 11
Italy Junior National Team 10:30 a.m./9:30 a.m. Bled, Slovenia


July 12
2015 Global Challenge Europe Opening Ceremony 1 p.m./Noon Pula, Croatia


July 13
GC - Hungary Junior B National Team; 
Court 2 3:30 a.m. / 2:30 a.m. Pula, Croatia
GC - Falconara Juniors (Italy); Uljanik (no livestream) 11 a.m. / 10 a.m. Pula, Croatia

July 14
GC - Israel National Team; 
Court 2 3:30 a.m. / 2:30 a.m. Pula, Croatia
GC - Italy Junior National Team; Court 2 11 a.m. / 10 a.m. Pula, Croatia

July 15
GC - Opponent TBA TBA Pula, Croatia

July 16
GC - Opponent TBA TBA Pula, Croatia



2015 MOUNTAIN WEST GLOBAL CHALLENGE ALL-STAR VOLLEYBALL TEAM
Name '15 Cl. Pos. Institution

  • Kaitlyn Oliver So. MB Boise State
  • Maddy O'Donnell Jr. OPP/MB Boise State
  • Adrianna Culbert Sr. OPP/OH Colorado State
  • Cassidy Denny Jr. L/DS Colorado State
  • Lyndsey Anderson Jr. S Nevada
  • Devanne Sours Jr. OH/OPP New Mexico
  • Julia Warren Jr. OH New Mexico
  • Emma Fuzie So. MB San Diego State
  • Tyanna Roy Sr. OH San Jose State
  • Bree Hammel Jr. MB UNLV
  • Alexis Patterson Fr. S UNLV
  • Rachel Gale So. OH Utah State
  • Head Coach: Jeff Nelson, New Mexico
  • Assistant Coach: Marc Swindle, Air Force

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