COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., -- The Mountain West conference released its preseason volleyball predicted order of finish and Preseason All-Mountain West Team Wednesday, as voted on by the league’s head coaches.

The Cowgirls were picked to finish fourth in the preseason poll with a total of 69 points, while middle blocker Jackie McBride was once again selected to the Preseason All-Mountain West Team.

The returning senior from Aurora, Colo., made history last season by becoming the eighth student-athlete in Mountain West history to be named to the postseason All-Mountain West Team for a fourth time.

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McBride, who finished last season ranked third in the league in blocks per set (1.26), fourth in hitting percentage (.371) and 10th in points per set (3.45), all of which led the Cowgirls, became just the second Cowgirl in program history (Erin Kirby, 2011-14) to receive all-league honors, four times.

As a team, Wyoming was selected behind spring 2021 conference champion UNLV, who was picked as the preseason favorite with 98 points and eight first-place votes. Boise State was selected second, receiving 90 points and a pair of first-place nods, while Colorado State picked up one first-place vote and 80 points, as it was selected to finish third.

UW has a pair of tune-ups this weekend before regular season play gets under way. The Cowgirls will travel to Northern Colorado this Friday, Aug. 20 for an exhibition, while the annual Brown and Gold scrimmage takes place inside the UniWyo Sports Complex Aug. 21 beginning at 5:30 p.m.

The Cowgirls open the regular season with a home tournament August 27 and 28 in Laramie as the Cowgirls host the Rumble in the Rockies.

Season tickets are available for Cowgirl volleyball, starting at $65 for public general admission and $35 for children the ages of 3-12. Single-match tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for children. Fans can contact the Wyoming ticket office at (307) 760-7220 or by visiting the ticket office in the Arena-Auditorium, open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m., to 4:30 p.m.

2021 Mountain West Volleyball Predicted Order of Finish (first-place votes):
1. UNLV                                98 (8)
2. Boise State                     90 (2)
3. Colorado State             80 (1)
4. Wyoming                       69
5. Fresno State                  61
6. San Diego State            53
7. Air Force                         46
8. San Jose State               41
9. Utah State                      29
10. New Mexico               26
11. Nevada                         12

2021 All-MW Preseason Team
Danielle Boss, Boise State
Jessica Donahue, Boise State
Lauren Ohlinger, Boise State
Alexa Roumeliotis, Colorado State
Desiree Sukhov, Fresno State
Mariena Hayden, UNLV
Jackie McBride, Wyoming


Preseason Player of the Year
Mariena Hayden, UNLV

* University of Wyoming press release

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