High Expectations, Broncos Picked Second in MW Volleyball Preseason Poll
Sierra Nobley, 2015 Preseason All-MW.
Aug. 20, 2015

BOISE, Idaho – There are high expectations for this year’s Boise State volleyball team as the Broncos and UNLV were picked by the Mountain West Conference head coaches to finish tied for second-place in the 2015 league race. In addition, Boise State sophomore Sierra Nobley, fresh off a standout rookie campaign, was one-of-seven honorees named to the league’s Preseason All-MW Team as announced by the conference office Thursday morning.

“I believe that the preseason poll reflects the depth of the Mountain West Conference this year,” said head coach Shawn Garus. “There are a lot of teams that are going to be strong this year and we are going to need to be ready to play every night.”

A voting panel comprised of the 11 Mountain West head women’s volleyball coaches chose six-time defending league champion Colorado State as the favorite to win the 2015 MW regular season title. The No. 12-ranked Rams, 31-3 in 2014, collected seven first-place votes and 97 total points. UNLV and Boise State tied for second place with 83 points each. The Rebels earned two first-place votes and the Broncos earned one. Wyoming picked up the remaining first-place vote and 77 points for fourth place in the poll. New Mexico was selected fifth garnered 67 points, followed by San Diego State in sixth with 58. Two points separate Air Force (41) and Utah State 39) in seventh and eighth place, while Fresno State landed in ninth with 26. Nevada and San José State rounded out the poll in 10th and 11th place with 20 and 14 points, respectively.

Sierra Nobley enters her second campaign in the blue and orange coming off a standout debut season in 2014. She was named the MW Freshman of the Year and to the All-MW Team after setting the MW and school freshman record for kills in a season with 432, ranked third overall in program history and was six shy of tying the record regardless of class. The Scottsdale, Ariz., native led both the MW and Boise State in kills per set at 4.08, which ranked 49th nationally. Nobley also led the league in points per set at 4.53 and contributed 1.76 digs per set while hitting .243 for the Broncos.

“It is a great accomplishment for Sierra (Nobley) to be recognized as a preseason all-conference player,” commented Garus. “She had a tremendous freshman year and I am looking forward to her continuing to grow her role within the Boise State program.”

The 2015 season opens Friday, Aug. 28, with all 11 league teams in action, including the Broncos who will open the annual Northwest Challenge in Spokane, Wash., against Portland State. Conference play begins on Thursday, Sept. 24, with 10 teams slated for play and all five matches available on the Mountain West Network (MWN).


2015 ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST PRESEASON VOLLEYBALL TEAM

Player Cl. Pos. Team
Sierra Nobley So. OH Boise State
Jaime Colaizzi Sr. L Colorado State
Adrianna Culbert Sr. OPP/OH Colorado State
Hannah Johnson Sr. S New Mexico
Julia Warren Jr. OH/L New Mexico
Bree Hammel Jr. MB UNLV
Bridget Shanahan Sr. OH/MB Wyoming
Preseason Player of the Year: Adrianna Culbert, Colorado State


2015 MOUNTAIN WEST PRESEASON VOLLEYBALL COACHES’ POLL

Pl. Team (1st place votes) Points
1. Colorado State (7) 97
2. UNLV (2) 83
    Boise State (1) 83
4. Wyoming (1) 77
5. New Mexico 67
6. San Diego State 58
7. Air Force 41
8. Utah State 39
9. Fresno State 26
10. Nevada 20
11. San José State 14


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