Posted 4 months ago
By John Axtell
The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference volleyball coaches have picked Chadron State to finish dead last in the league this year.
The Eagles, who finished 5-24 in last year, received 159 points…5 point more than New Mexico Highlands and Western State, who were picked to tie for 12th. Coaches ranked schools 1-13, excluding their own team.
Regis, which tied for 2nd in the regular season a year ago, was the overwhelming pick this time. The Rangers received 10 first-place votes and 17 total points…meaning they were picked 2nd by two coaches and 3rd by one.
Metro State edged Colorado School of Mines…last year’s regular season champion…as the 2nd choice 37-38 despite having just 1 first while the Miners got 2. The Adams State was picked 4th while Colorado Christian was 5th despite getting the other first-place vote.
The coaches picked Western New Mexico to finish 6th while Colorado Mesa and Colorado-Colorado Springs tied for 7th. Black Hills State is the choice for 9th, followed by CSU-Pueblo and Fort Lewis.
Western New Mexico’s Angelina Pulu is the Preseason Offensive Player of the Year and Sage Martinson of Regis is the Defensive Player of the Year.
Preseason Setter of the Year is Adams State’s Gabriella Rifilato…whose mother, Kelley Rifilato, is the new head volleyball coach at Fort Lewis and whose father, Ed, is the Skyhawk football defensive coordinator.
Chadron State will open its 2013 season at the University of Nebraska-Kearney Tournament Sept. 6-7.