Wyoming volleyball has been picked to finish second in the Preseason Mountain West Coaches’ Poll revealed Wednesday.

The Cowgirls received one first-place vote and 91 total points in the balloting of the league’s head coaches.

Colorado State was selected as the preseason favorite for the fifth straight year. The Rams got the other 10 first-place votes and 100 points in the poll.

After UW was a tie for third between Boise State and San Diego State. New Mexico was picked fifth followed by San Jose State and Fresno State. Air Force and Utah State tied for eighth with Nevada and UNLV rounding out the preseason poll.

Wyoming finished second last year, its highest ever in the Mountain West, with a 12-6 conference mark. They were 17-14 overall and qualified for the postseason for the first time since 1994 when they participated in the National Invitational Volleyball Championship (NIVC) tournament.

Head coach Chad Callihan enters his sixth season at UW. They return nine letter winners from last season and six starters, including the libero.

Interestingly, no Cowgirls made the Preseason All-MW Team, which was comprised of four Colorado State players and one each from Boise State, San Diego State, and San Jose State. CSU junior setter Katie Oleksak was chosen as the Preseason MW Player of the Year.

Wyoming volleyball plays an exhibition match at Northern Colorado Friday night. They host their annual Brown and Gold scrimmage Saturday in the Arena-Auditorium at 6:30 p.m.

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