The Mountain West volleyball coaches poll that was released Wednesday placed the CSU volleyball team in a familiar position.
Winners of seven consecutive Mountain West championships, the Rams were closely chosen as the preseason favorites by the league’s coaches, receiving six of 11 possible first-place votes for a total of 96 points. Boise State, who finished second in MW play a year ago was picked second after getting four first-place votes and 92 total points. Rival Wyoming came in third garnering a single top-place vote and 80 points.
The Rams, who are ranked No. 25 nationally in the AVCA preseason coaches poll have won 13 of the 17 possible Mountain West championships since the league was formed.
Junior middle blocker Alexandra Poletto was the only CSU player named to the preseason all-MW team. Poletto, an all-conference performer from a year ago averaged 1.33 blocks per set last season.
Boise State landed three players on the all-conference team, including preseason player of the year in junior outside hitter Sierra Nobley.
The Rams kick off their 2016 campaign Aug. 26 at home against visiting North Dakota State.
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