May 16, 2017
For the fourth year in a row, the Mountain West will be sending an all-star women's volleyball team to Europe. Among the 12 student-athletes representing the MW are Boise State's Maddi Osburn (senior, libero) and Janell Walley (sophomore, outside hitter).
This will be the fourth straight year the Broncos have been represented on the MW All-Star Volleyball Team and the fifth-straight that a Bronco has competed at the European Global Challenge in Pula, Croatia. Other Boise State student-athletes who have competed for the MW All-Stars include: Sarah Baugh (2014), Maddy O'Donnell (2015), Kaitlyn Oliver (2015) and Sierra Nobley (2016). Katelyn Kinghorn was the first to travel to the European Global Challenge having competed for a intermountain region select team during the summer of 2013 prior to the MW sponsoring a team.
Twelve Mountain West student-athletes make up the team that will travel to Maribor, Slovenia, for several days of training sessions and friendly matches against national teams from the region. From July 10-15, the team will compete in the 2017 European Global Challenge in Pula, Croatia, featuring junior national and club teams from throughout Europe. Bring It Promotions, under the ownership of Tim Kelly, is managing the Mountain West all-star trip and has been running the Global Challenge tournament for 13 years. BIP has been coordinating overseas University tours since 1997. The last three Mountain West squads have each placed third in the Brijuni Division at the Global Challenge.
The Mountain West all-star team includes two setters, one libero, three middle blockers and six outside/opposite hitters from nine of the 11 MW member institutions. Sanja Čizmić (Colorado State) will be competing in her home country of Croatia. She will be joined on the team by two-time All-Mountain West selection Maddi Osburn (Boise State) along with 2016 All-Conference members Lauren Anderson (Utah State), Madison Foley (Nevada, Honorable Mention) and Nandyala Gama (San Jose State, Honorable Mention).
Leading the trip will be San Diego State women's volleyball coach Deitre Collins-Parker. She will be assisted by Sammi Stuart from Utah State and Megan Burton from Nevada.
2017 Mountain West All-Star Volleyball Team
Name (Institution) Height, 2017 Year, Position
Abigail Miksch (Air Force) 6-2, Jr., MB/OH
Maddi Osburn (Boise State) 5-7, Sr., L
Janell Walley (Boise State) 5-11, So., OPP
Sanja Čizmić (Colorado State) 6-1, Sr., OH
Haile Watson (Fresno State) 6-2, Jr., MB
Madison Foley (Nevada) 5-9, Sr., OH
Carly Beddingfield (New Mexico) 6-2, Jr., OH
Baylee Little (San Diego State) 6-0, Sr., OPP
Indigo Thompson (San Diego State) 5-6, Jr., S
Nandyala Gama (San Jose State) 6-3, Sr., MB
Breann Robinson (San Jose State) 6-0, Sr., S
Lauren Anderson (Utah State) 6-0, Sr., OH
Head Coach: Deitre Collins-Parker, San Diego State
Assistant Coaches: Sammi Stuart, Utah State; Megan Burton, Nevada