Aug. 16, 2011
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Wyoming Cowgirl outside hitter Jodi Purdy, today, was selected to the pre-season All-Mountain West Team for the second year in row, while the team was picked to finish fifth in the MW pre-season poll.
An All-Conference selection last season and the MWC Freshman of the Year in 2009, Purdy returns after averaging 3.21 kills and 3.95 points a year ago, while adding 2.61 digs. In league action, she finished with 3.16 kills, 2.93 digs and 3.82 points per set, and ranked among the top ten in both kills and points. Purdy is the top returning player in kills after ranking seventh in the league.
"I think it's a very well deserved honor for Jodi to be named to the pre-season All-Mountain West Team for the second year in a row," said head coach Carrie Yerty. "She is definitely one of the most dynamic outside hitters in our conference and really established herself over the past two seasons. She has great attacking and back court skills, and needs to continue where she left off a year ago."
A voting panel comprised of the eight Mountain West head volleyball coaches chose defending league champion Colorado State as the favorite to win the 2011 MW regular season title. The Rams collected five first-place votes and 60 total points. New Mexico, the 2010 runner-up, was selected to finish second with 56 points and claimed the three remaining first-place votes. San Diego State received 51 points for third place in the poll, while TCU earned 41 points for fourth place. Wyoming (27 points) and newcomer Boise State (25 points) claimed fifth and sixth place, respectively, followed by UNLV (seventh, 20 points) and Air Force (eighth, 8 points).
"I am looking forward to another great year of Mountain West Volleyball," added Yerty. "This year, I think we will see a tremendous amount of parity among all the teams and each weekend will be a challenge."
Colorado State's Megan Plourde highlights the preseason all-Mountain West team as she was tabbed the 2011 Preseason Player of the Year. Five institutions were represented on the 2011 preseason all-MW squad, which also was chosen by the head coaches. Plourde is joined on the preseason All-MWC team by New Mexico's Ashley Rhoades and Allison Buck, San Diego State's Andrea Hannasch, TCU's Kristen Hester and Megan Munce, and Wyoming's Jodi Purdy.