Oleksak named Freshman of the Year, Hillyer earns Newcomer of the Year
Tandem sweeps weekly awards after CSU goes 2-0 on road trip
Junior attacker tallies 18 kills on .484 hitting as Rams top Big 12 opponent
Denny registers career-high 25 digs as CSU holds UNC to .096 hitting
Poletto adds eight kills, eight blocks in win
2015 CSU Volleyball Banquet - Jan. 21, 2016
CSU Vs. Iowa State
CSU-Air Force, 10-10-15
AWARDS & HONORS:
- All-Mountain West Conference (2015, 2016)
- Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week (Oct. 26, 2015; Nov. 14, 2016)
- Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week (Nov. 9, 2015; Nov. 23, 2015)
- Mountain West Scholar Athlete (2014, 2015)
- Mountain West Academic All-Conference (2014, 2015)
2016 (JUNIOR): Averaged 2.48 kills per set (fourth on the team) on .340 hitting (first on the team) and 1.27 blocks per set (second on the team)... Led the team in hitting percentage, guiding the Rams to the ninth-best team hitting percentage in the nation... Hit over .700 four times, each with at least 9 kills... Posted 9 kills on .818 hitting in a sweep of Nevada (11/12)... Had 13 kills with no errors (.722) in an earlier sweep of the Wolf Pack (10/13)... Started the season with 11 kills on .733 hitting against North Dakota State (8/26)... Also had 13 kills on over .700 hitting versus Pittsburgh (9/3); also posted a season-high 11 blocks against the Panthers for her first double-double... Recorded double-digit kill totals in 13 matches... Earned her fourth career MW Player of the Week honor (Offensive) on Nov. 14.
2015 (SOPHOMORE): Led the team in blocks with 1.33 per set (29th NCAA) and ranked second in hitting percentage at .345 (91st NCAA)... Averaged 2.25 kills per set and posted 10-plus kills nine times... Recorded at least 10 kills in each of the final three matches of the season, including 12 on .429 in the NCAA Tournament against Loyola Marymount... Posted a season-best 13 kills twice - versus Iona (9/13) and at Texas A&M (9/15)... Had 12 blocks against Fresno State (11/21), tying for the most by any CSU player in 2015... Had at least six blocks in each of the final nine matches of the year... Opened the year with 10 kills and zero errors (.667 hitting) against Baylor (8/28).
2014 (FRESHMAN): Finished the year averaging 1.72 kills per set on .363 hitting, while also leading the Rams with 1.17 blocks per set... Her blocking total was the third-best by a freshman in school history... In her first career start, led all players with a season-most 12 kills in a three-set win over Florida A&M (9/5)... Hit .847 for the night (12-0-14), the second-highest single-match hitting percentage in program history, and highest ever by a freshman... It was the highest hitting percentage in the Mountain West in 2014... Connected on her first 10 swings... Earned nine starts, including the final seven matches of the season after missing eight matches with an ankle injury... During the final four matches of the regular season, averaged 2.50 kills and 1.43 blocks per set on .430 hitting... Had a career-most eight blocks against Wyoming (11/26)... In her second career start (vs. New Mexico, 11/15), had 11 kills on .421 hitting, plus six blocks... Came up big during CSU's second-round NCAA tournament victory over Colorado, recording 11 kills and seven blocks in the five-set win... Facing elimination in Set 5, she tied the score at 14-14 with a kill, and two points later, was in on a block to win the match... Checked in late in Set 1 vs. UNLV (10/2) and made an immediate impact, accounting for each of CSU's final five points - three kills and two blocks... Totaled five kills on eight swings, in addition to two blocks, at North Carolina Central (9/19)... Had four blocks - including two solo stuffs - vs. Pepperdine (9/19)... Recorded five kills and three blocks in a tight three-set win at New Mexico State (9/13)... Recorded four block assists - the firsts of her career - vs. UC Santa Barbara (8/30), also chipping in with three kills in two sets of action... Tallied two kills in her collegiate debut vs. VCU (8/30).
HIGH SCHOOL: Is a 2014 graduate of De La Salle College "Oaklands"... Competed for Leaside Volleyball Club, winning a gold medal at the U18 Ontario Provincials and silver medals at the U17 Ontario Provincials and Canadian Nationals... Named a U18 and U17 Provincial All-Star... Competed heavily in beach volleyball, earnin a gold medal at the U21 Canadian Beach Nationals in 2013 and participating in the U19 World Championships in 2014... Member of the U24 Beach Provincial Team in Ontario... In 2011-12, was the youngest member of the Team Ontario U18 team, and was a starter on the Team Ontario U19 National Team Challenge Cup... Earned a gold medal with her beach partner at the 2012 Ontario Summer Games... Was a three-time Signum Fidei Honor Roll honoree.
PERSONAL: Born Aug. 8, 1996, in Toronto, Ontario... Parents are Karen and Darko Poletto... Has two older sisters, Katarina and Maya... Is a health & exercise science major.
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