Aug. 17, 2010
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Wyoming Cowgirl outside hitter Jodi Purdy, today, was selected to the Pre-Season All-Mountain West Conference Team for the first time in her career, while the UW team was picked to finish seventh in the MWC pre-season poll.
The MWC Freshman of the Year in 2009, Purdy returns after averaging 3.43 kills and 3.90 points a year ago, while adding 2.53 digs. In league action, she finished with 3.32 kills, 2.63 digs and 3.71 points per set, and ranked among the top five in both kills and points. Purdy was the top-rated MWC freshman kills and points per set in both overall and league matches.
"I think it's a very well deserved honor for Jodi to be named to the Pre-Season All-MWC Team," said UW head coach Carrie Yerty. "She is definitely one of the most dynamic outside hitters in our conference and really established herself last season. She has great attacking and back court skills, and needs to pick up where she left off a year ago."
A voting panel comprised of the nine Mountain West Conference head volleyball coaches and selected media chose defending league champion Colorado State as the favorite to win the 2010 MWC regular season title. The Rams collected 15 first-place votes and 134 total points. Utah was selected to finish second with 104 points, while TCU was picked third, totaling 99 points. New Mexico received 96 points for fourth place in the poll, while BYU (85 points, one first-place vote) and San Diego State (62 points) claimed fifth and sixth place, respectively, followed by Wyoming (seventh, 43 points), UNLV (eighth, 36 points) and Air Force (ninth, 16 points).
Last year's MWC Player of the Year, Colorado State's Danielle Minch was chosen as the 2010 MWC Preseason Player of the Year. Five of the nine MWC teams were represented on the all-conference team. Minch is joined on the preseason All-MWC team by New Mexico's Jade Michaelsen, San Diego State's Lauren Salisbury, Utah's Karolina Bartkowiak and Keisha Fisher, Wyoming's Jodi Purdy and her CSU teammate Evan Sanders.