UCCS chosen fourth in coaches' poll

By Doug Fitzgerald published August 14, 2006

The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs volleyball team was selected to finish fourth in the East Division in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conferenceâ€TMs annual preseason coachesâ€TM poll.

The Mountain Lions will be playing in the East Division for the first time in 2006. UCCS had been in the West Division but switched when Fort Hays State left the RMAC and Western New Mexico joined the conference.

Defending champion Nebraska-Kearney was chosen to finish first, while runner-up Metro State was tabbed to take second. Colorado School of Mines was picked third in the East, followed by UCCS, Regis, Chadron State and Colorado Christian.

“Iâ€TMm not surprised,” said UCCS coach Jessica Wood. “There are a lot of strong teams in the (East Division).”

Mesa State was chosen to win the West Division.

East Division '05 RMAC '05 Overall

# School (1st Pl. Votes) Points Record

1. Nebraska-Kearney (10) 82 19-0 38-2

2. Metro State (4) 74 15-4 22-9

3. Colorado Mines 62 11-8 20-11

4. UC-Colorado Springs 48 12-7 16-13

5. Regis 39 5-14 6-21

6. Chadron State 24 2-17 3-26

7. Colorado Christian 14 0-19 1-29

West Division '05 RMAC '05 O'all

# School (1st Pl. Votes) Points Record

1. Mesa State (10) 82 15-4 23-7

2. Western New Mexico (4) 72 0-0* 26-5

3. Fort Lewis 56 12-7 13-16

4. New Mexico Highlands 55 13-6 19-8

5. Adams State 32 8-11 11-15

6. CSU-Pueblo 26 7-12 11-16

7. Western State 21 4-15 6-22

*- Western New Mexico competed in the Heartland Conference in 2005.

2006 Volleyball Preseason All-RMAC Team

OH Stacey Vogel, Mesa State (Senior, 5-10)

OH Stefanie Allison, Metro State (Senior, 5-8)

RS *Drew Choules, Mesa State (Junior, 5-10)

MH *Amanda Rebol, Colorado Mines (Senior, 6-0)

MB *Nicole Schwab, Fort Lewis (Junior, 5-11)

OH Kelli Bunger, Nebraska-Kearney (Senior, 5-11)

MB Sheena Bohannon, Metro State (Senior, 5-10)

DS Jill Gergen, Nebraska-Kearney (Sophomore, 5-5)

S Ashley Pagel, Colorado Mines (Junior, 5-7)

OH Jennifer Snowbarger, Western New Mexico (Jr., 5-10)

Players are listed in order of points received.

*- unanimous selection

2006 RMAC Preseason Player of the Year

Stacey Vogel, Mesa State

OH, Senior, 5-10

Grand Junction, Colo.

(Central H.S.)

2006 RMAC Preseason Defensive Player of the Year

Jill Gergen, Nebraska-Kearney

DS/Libero, Soph., 5-5

Topeka, Kan. (Washburn Rural H.S.)

2006 RMAC Preseason Setter of the Year

Ashley Pagel, Colorado Mines

S, Junior, 5-7

Brighton, Colo. (Univ. of N. Colo.)

(Brighton H.S.)

2006 RMAC Preseason Co-Freshman of the Year

Kaity Edminston, Colorado Mines

OH/MH, Freshman, 6-1

Palisade, Colo. (Palisade H.S.)

2006 RMAC Preseason Co-Freshman of the Year

Stephanie Levi, Metro State

S, Freshman, 5-10

Gillette, Wyo. (Campbell County)

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