Broncos Picked Seventh in MW Preseason Poll

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Boise State Broncos were projected to finish seventh in the 2012 Mountain West volleyball preseason poll released Tuesday morning by the league office. The voting on the preseason poll was done by the nine Mountain West head women's volleyball coaches, including newcomers Fresno State and Nevada.

Boise State received 36 points finishing just behind New Mexico with 40. The Broncos are among a group of four in the middle of the pack that are separated by nine points. The race is expected to be tight once again in 2012 where any team is capable of winning on any given night.

Last year Boise State pulled off a mild surprise when the Broncos were picked to placed sixth in the eight-team 2011 race but finished tied for fifth at the end of the season. In their first season in the conference the Broncos swept three league opponents: Air Force, UNLV and Wyoming.

The coaches chose defending league champion Colorado State as the favorite to win the 2012 MW regular season title. The AVCA Preseason No. 25-ranked Rams collected eight first-place votes and 80 total points. San Diego State, the 2011 runner-up, was selected to finish second with 69 points, while Wyoming earned the remaining first-place vote and 66 points for a close third.

Fourth through seventh places were separated by nine total points with newcomer Fresno State leading the way with 45 points, UNLV in fifth with 42, New Mexico in sixth with 40 and Boise State in seventh with 36.  Newcomer Nevada was picked eighth with 16 points, followed by Air Force with 11.

The 2012 season opens Friday, Aug. 24, with Boise State traveling to the fifth annual Northwest Challenge which is being hosted by the University of Washington this fall. The Broncos open against the Washington Huskies ranked No. 14 in the AVCA Preseason Top-25 Poll. Conference play begins on Thursday, Sept. 20, with Fresno State at Boise State, UNLV at Air Force and New Mexico entertaining Colorado State.


2012 MOUNTAIN WEST PRESEASON COACHES' POLL


Pl.      Team (1st place votes)    Points

1.      Colorado State (8) . . . . . . . 80
2.      San Diego State . . . . . . . . 69
3.      Wyoming (1) . . . . . . . . . . . 66
4.      Fresno State . . . . . . . . . . . 45
5.      UNLV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
6.      New Mexico . . . . . . . . . . .  40
7.      Boise State . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
8.      Nevada . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
9.      Air Force . . . . . . . . . . . . .  11

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