July 10, 2014
Video: Bronco Weekly Talks to Sarah About Trip to Europe.
The experience of a lifetime began for Boise State junior Sarah Baugh, a member of the volleyball team, on Monday, July 7th, when she boarded at jet in Seattle headed to Venice, Italy, where she joined 11 other players from throughout the Mountain West Conference. Together the 12 players make up a squad that represents some of the best talent in the league, the “MW All-Stars”, and together they will take on the world.
“I am really excited about this opportunity to play in Europe,” said Baugh. “It will be a great chance for me to learn more about the game, meet the other players from within the Mountain West and to see things I might never get a chance to see.”
Baugh and her teammates will have two weeks overseas together as they compete in the 10th Annual European Global Challenge being held in Pula, Croatia. The trip began with a bus trip to Bologna, Italy, where they will train for a few days and play three exhibition matches in preparation for the European Challenge which begins on July 13th.
Boise State student-athletes are becoming regulars at the European Global Challenge. Baugh is the second Bronco in the last two years to travel abroad following in the footsteps of redshirt-junior Katelyn Kinghorn, who participated in the event last summer.
Baugh takes with her two years of collegiate playing experience at the setter position for the Broncos and is the projected starter this fall. The setter position is a key role on any volleyball team and as a result the personable junior from Poulsbo, Wash., has been named team captain of the MW All-Stars heading into the tournament next week.
“Sarah (Baugh) will be good for the team that is traveling to Europe because she is very outgoing and personable, it will help that she is playing the setter position where she can be a leader on the floor,” said Boise State head coach Shawn Garus. “Two of Sarah’s strengths are the ability to spread the ball around and making her teammates feel comfortable, which will be important for this team.”
Sarah has plenty of experience from playing with the Broncos where she currently ranks 12th all-time in career assists with 1,216. The vocal player has good floor sight and enters her junior campaign as Boise State’s team captain. Hopefully, her talent for spreading the ball and making everyone feel apart of the team, as well as her leadership ability will translate into success at the Global Challenge when the 12 players have limited time to get to know each and develop into a cohesive unit.
“I am excited for Sarah to have this opportunity to travel overseas, she will learn a lot,” said Garus. “She is going to see a different style of play which will be slower pace than what she sees here at Boise State, she wants to learn about the game and by playing for other coaches and with different players she will have an opportunity to develop her game even more.”
Sarah and her teammates are going to have the experience of a lifetime over the next two weeks. They have the opportunity to have some fun playing volleyball overseas, do some site seeing in places they may never have the opportunity to visit again, experience new food and explore the culture of Italy and Croatia. In addition, they have the chance to make new friends with individuals they formerly knew only as conference rivals when they faced each other down from opposite sides of the net.
Leading this year’s MW All-Stars to Croatia is Deitre Collins-Parker the head coach at San Diego State. She will be assisted by JJ Glavan an assistant from New Mexico and Julie Parker, San Diego State’s director of operations.
Twelve Mountain West student-athletes make up the team which includes two setters, one libero, four middle blockers and five outside hitters from eight of the 11 MW member institutions. While in Europe they will play against Junior National teams from Slovenia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary and Russia, as well as club teams from Italy, Serbia, Austria and Romania.
2014 Mountain West All-Star Global Challenge Schedule
July 8 – Travel to Bologna, Italy
July 9 – Practice Day, Bologna, Italy
July 10 – Match vs. Mixed Slovenia National/Junior National Team, Bled, Slovenia
July 11 – Match vs. Croatia National Team, Maribor, Slovenia (LIVE STREAM)
July 12 – Match vs. Slovenia Junior National Team, Braslovce, Slovenia
July 13 – 2014 Global Challenge Opening Ceremonies, Pula, Croatia
July 14-17 – 2014 Global Challenge, Pula, Croatia
July 19 – Return to the United States
2014 Mountain West Global Challenge All-Star Volleyball Team
Name (School) Pos.,‘14 Year
Sarah Baugh* (Boise State), S, Jr.
Hanah Blume (San José State), OH, Gr.
Johnna Fouch (San Diego State), S, Gr.
Cassie House (New Mexico), OH, So.
Baylee Little (San Diego State), OH, So.
Maci Murdock (Fresno State), MB, Sr.
Reese Plante (Wyoming), MB/OH, Gr.
Marlee Reynolds (Colorado State), OH, Jr.
Alexa Saba (San Diego State), L, R-Fr.
Kelsey Snider (Colorado State), MB, Jr.
Julia Warren (New Mexico), OH/L, So.
Sam Willoughby (Nevada), MB, So.
* = Team Captain
Head Coach: Deitre Collins-Parker, San Diego State
Assistant Coach: JJ Glavan, New Mexico
Assistant Coach: Julie Parker, San Diego State