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2008-09 outlook
Unlv_logo Predicted champion:
UNLV
Predicted player of the year: Eddie Olson, UNLV
Predicted freshman of the year: James Erkenbeck, New Mexico
NCAA Regional bound: UNLV, Colorado State, TCU, San Diego State, BYU
Team on the rise: Colorado State ... Last year's conference title seem out of nowhere; won't be the case this year if the Rams repeat.
Biggest question mark: UNLV ... All-American Seung-su Han decides not to turn pro, but will play in Q school this fall.
Wouldn't surprise me to see: San Diego State remain competitive despite the loss of departing senior Aaron Goldberg, arguably the best player in school history.
Would shock me to see: A repeat of Cinderalla story from last year's MWC Championship, where a team ranked sixth in the conference entering the tournament (Colorado State) took home the title.

2007-08 Accolades
Team champion:
Colorado State
Player of the year: Aaron Goldberg, San Diego State
Freshman of the year: Matt Hoffenberg, San Diego State
Coach of the year: Jamie Bermel, Colorado State
MWC medalist: Eddie Olson, UNLV

All-MWC first team:
Franklin Corpening, TCU
Robbie Fillmore, BYU*
Aaron Goldberg, San Diego State
Seung-su Han, UNLV*
Bryce Hanstad, Colorado State*
Matt Hoffenberg, San Diego State*
Matt Kinsinger, UNLV
Dustin Morris, Colorado State*
Eddie Olson, UNLV*
David Palm, San Diego State*
* returns in 2008-09

2008-09 predicted finish:
1. UNLV
2. Colorado State
3. TCU
4. San Diego State
5. BYU
6. New Mexico
7. Utah
8. Air Force
9. Wyoming


WOMEN

2008-09 outlook
New_mexico_logo_2 Predicted champion:
New Mexico
Predicted player of the year: Jodi Ewart, New Mexico
Predicted freshman of the year: Kristen Schelling, UNLV
NCAA Regional bound: New Mexico, UNLV, TCU, BYU
Team on the rise: UNLV ... Young players already have valuable experience.
Biggest question mark: BYU ... Will miss departure of Juli Erekson.
Wouldn't surprise me to see: New Mexico and UNLV separate themselves from the rest of the pack.
Would shock me to see: As the conference celebrates its 10th year, anyone from Wyoming join Jordan Lintz, the individual winner at the first MWC championship in 2000.

2007-08 Accolades
Team champion:
New Mexico
Players of the year: Valentine Derrey, TCU; Jodi Ewart, New Mexico
Freshman of the year: Therese Koelbaek, UNLV
Coach of the year: Jill Trujillo, New Mexico
MWC medalist: Jodi Ewart, New Mexico
All-MWC first team:
Mikaela Backstedt, New Mexico*
Britney Choy, New Mexico*
Valentine Derrey, TCU*
Juli Erekson, BYU
Jodi Ewart, New Mexico*
Natalia Jimenez, BYU*
Therese Koelbaek, UNLV*
Natasha Krishna, UNLV*
* returns in 2008-09

2008-09 predicted finish:
1. New Mexico
2. UNLV
3. TCU 
4. BYU
5. Colorado State
6. San Diego State
7. Wyoming


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