The Loop

Conference preview: Mountain West

September 22, 2007


2007-08 outlook


Predicted champion: UNLV

Predicted player of the year: Aaron Goldberg, San Diego State

__Predicted freshman of the year:__Ji Moon, UNLV

NCAA Regional bound: UNLV, San Diego State, New Mexico

Team on the rise: UNLV

Biggest question mark: BYU

Wouldn't be surprised to see: Any of a half dozen players claim MWC player of the year honors.

Would be shocked to see: BYU bounce back in 2007-08 after losing four of their five best players, including Daniel Summerhays turning pro with one year of eligibility left, from last year's conference winning team.

__2006-07 Accolades

Player of the year:__ Charlie Beljan, New Mexico

Freshman of the year: Robbie Fillmore, BYU

Coach of the year: Bruce Brockbank, BYU

Mountain West medalist: Robby Ormand, TCU

All-Mountain West First team:

Charlie Beljan, New Mexico

Zen Brown, Colorado State*

Jake Ellison, BYU

Aaron Goldberg, San Diego State*

Tyler Goulding, Air Force

Seung-Su Han, UNLV*

Clay Ogden, BYU

Robby Ormand, TCU*

Dustin Pimm, Utah*

Daniell Summerhays, BYU

Jarred Texter, UNLV*

2007-08 RANKING


2007-08 outlook



Predicted champion: New Mexico

Predicted player of the year: Mikaela Backstedt, New Mexico

Predicted freshman of the year: Alejandra Guacaneme, UNLV

NCAA Regional bound: New Mexico, UNLV, BYU, TCU

Team on the rise: UNLV

Biggest question mark: BYU

Wouldn't be surprised to see: UNLV's Tanya Choate, a senior transfer from Division II Drury University, make a run at D-I All-American honors.

__Would be shocked to see:__Any one be able to replace the dependable Rachel Newren, BYU's unsung senior leader a year ago.

2006-07 Accolades

Player of the year: Rachel Newren, BYU; Jodi Ewart, New Mexico

Freshman of the year: Jodi Ewart, New Mexico

Coach of the year: Sue Nyhus, BYU

Mountain West medalist: Jodi Ewart, New Mexico

All-Mountain West First team:

Camille Blackerby, TCU

Jodi Ewart, New Mexico*

Catherine Matranga, TCU

Rachel Newren, BYU

2007-08 RANKING