All-American talks about professional career during Q&A
Pensack-Rinehart leads CSU with 3.99 cumulative grade-point average
Pensack-Rinehart leads CSU with 3.99 cumulative grade-point average
Cranston selected to third team; Paige, Plourde named honorable mention
The Rams spent Thursday, Nov. 29, preparing for No. 22 Purdue, their NCAA tournament first-round opponent.
CSU volleyball vs. No. 22 Purdue in the first round of the 2012 NCAA tournament, played in Tallahassee, Fla.
Photos from CSU volleyball's win vs New Mexico on Nov. 23, 2012. Senior Night & Mountain West championship celebration!
CSU's 3-0 win at Boise State.
CSU volleyball's sweep of Air Force on Nov. 15, 2012.
AWARDS & HONORS
AVCA All-America honorable mention (2009, 2010, 2012)
Academic All-Mountain West (2010, 2011, 2012)
AVCA All-West Region (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)
All-Mountain West team (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)
Mountain West Player of the Week (Nov. 19, 2012)
Mountain West Player of the Week (Nov. 12, 2012)
Sports Imports/AVCA Division I National Player of the Week (Sept. 11, 2012)
Mountain West Player of the Week (Sept. 10, 2012)
Rams Volleyball Classic tournament MVP (Sept. 7-9, 2012)
Rocky Mountain Invite all-tournament team (Aug. 24-25, 2012)
Team MVP (2011)
AVCA All-America third team (2011)
Volleyball Magazine All-America third team (2011)
Mountain West Player of the Week (Sept. 5, 2011)
Arkansas Invitational all-tournament team (Aug. 26-27, 2011)
Mountain West Player of the Week (Sept. 27, 2010)
Rams Volleyball Classic all-tournament team (Sept. 10-11, 2010)
Campus USA Credit Union Invitational all-tournament team (Sept. 3-4, 2010)
2012 (SENIOR): Recognized by the AVCA as an All-West Region selection for the fourth time, becoming CSU's only four-time selection... For the third time, was named an AVCA All-America honorable mention, to go along with her third-team selection in 2011... Named to the All-Mountain West team for the fourth consecutive year, becoming one of just three Rams to accomplish that feat... Averaged 2.91 kills per set on .358 hitting... During conference play, raised her hitting percentage to .389, which ranked second in the MW... With 1.53 blocks per set, Plourde ranked No. 8 nationally, and is one of only two Rams to ever record 1,000 career kills and 600 career blocks, which she reached on Nov. 13 at Northern Colorado... Her blocks-per-set average ranks No. 8 in school history for a single season... With 620 career blocks and 584 block assists, Plourde finished second and first, respectively, in program history... Her 620 career total blocks ranks fourth in MW history...She ranks seventh in CSU history with a career hitting percentage of .338... In a tough five-set match against Tennessee (Aug. 31), Plourde led the way for the Rams with a season-best 17 kills on .355 hitting and 21.0 points, in addition to eight blocks... She recorded at least 10 blocks in a match on three separate occasions, and led the league with three MW Player of the Week awards, one of two CSU players to ever receive three honors in a single season... On Sept. 11, she was named the Sports Imports/AVCA Division I National Player of the Week... Earned Academic All-MW honors--her third--for her performance in the classroom.
2011 (JUNIOR):Ranked No. 1 in the nation with 1.71 blocks per set, becoming the second Ram all-time to lead the country in a statistical category... Her blocks-per-set average, as well as her 2.38 kills per set, allowed her to become the 10th AVCA All-American in CSU history, being named to the third team... Also was tabbed by Volleyball Magazine as a third-team All-American... Earned her third All-Mountain West selection... Was selected by her coaches as the team MVP... Her 1.71 blocks-per-set average tied for the highest mark in program history... Finished second all-time at CSU in single-season block assists (170) and fourth in total blocks in a season (178)... Ranked ninth in the league in hitting percentage (.297), and eighth in points (3.56)... In the opening round of the NCAA tournament (vs. then-No. 13 Oregon on Dec. 1), recorded one of her best career performances, tallying 15 kills and 11 blocks on .481 hitting... Tied her career high with two solo blocks at New Mexico (Nov. 12), adding to her season-best 11 total blocks... In two matches (at TCU on Nov. 10 and at New Mexico on Nov. 12), totaled 31 kills--including a season-most 17 at TCU--and 19 blocks on .355 hitting... Earned her second career Mountain West Player of the Week honor (Sept. 5) after posting nine kills on .350 hitting in CSU's five-set win over then-No. 5 Nebraska (Sept. 2)... Hit better than .400 in her first three matches of the season and was named to the Arkansas Invitational all-tournament team after averaging 13.0 points and nine kills in two matches... Was named the 2011 Mountain West Preseason Player of the Year... Earned 2011 Academic All-Mountain West team honors for her performance in the classroom.
2010 (SOPHOMORE): Had a breakout sophomore season, starting 28 matches and appearing in all but seven sets... Earned AVCA All-West Region honors for the second consecutive season and landed a spot on the All-Mountain West team... Led the conference and ranked second nationally with 1.62 blocks per set, led by a school-record and Mountain West season-high 19 blocks vs. Cal State Fullerton (Dec. 3) in the first round of the NCAA tournament... Finished that match with 20 kills to go along with her 19 blocks, her second career double-double... Held a hitting percentage of .528... Finished the night with 30.5 total points, the highest single-match point total in the conference in 2010... Led the Rams with 167 total blocks, 72 more than second place... On the season recorded five or more blocks 17 times and 10 or more three times... Between Sept. 16 and Sept. 28, a five-match period, averaged 9.0 blocks... During a match at BYU during that stretch (Sept. 24), recorded 16 kills and 11 blocks for her first career double-double... Earned Mountain West Player of the Week honors that week (Sept. 27)... Against Northern Colorado (Sept. 28), recorded 12 blocks, tying the program record for blocks in a three-set match... Held four of the top 10 single-match blocking performances in the conference and led CSU in blocking 15 times... Overall, led CSU with a .364 hitting percentage (38th nationally) and 279 kills (third-most)... Was the team leader in those categories 10 and 16 times, respectively, on the season... Recorded double-digit kills in 14 matches, including a stretch of seven out of eight contests that began with a 10-kill performance at Florida on Sept. 4... Recorded 314.5 total points in 2010, an average of 3.59 per set, which ranked ninth in the MW.
2009 (FRESHMAN): Named to the 2009 All-Mountain West team and was selected as an AVCA All-West Region member and an honorable mention All-America honoree... Played in all 31 matches, seeing action in 105 sets... Ranked fourth in the Mountain West and 83rd nationally in hitting percentage with a .331 average... Also ranked nationally (101st) and in the Mountain West (sixth) in blocks per set, with 1.08... Recorded 235 total kills, third on the team behind outside hitters Danielle Minch and Jacque Davisson... Posted a then-career-best 18 kills in the Rams' final conference game, vs. UNLV (Nov. 21), and ended the regular season with double-digit kills in the Rams' final five matches... Ranked second on the team with 115 total blocks... Led the team in blocks in 13 matches, including each of the team's three NCAA tournament contests... Set a then-career mark with nine total blocks in the Rams' five-set victory at New Mexico (Oct. 24).
2008 (REDSHIRT) Granted a medical hardship waiver following her first year at Colorado State... Appeared in five sets, recording one kill, one dig and one assisted block.
HIGH SCHOOL: Earned four letters each in volleyball, basketball and track at Somerset... Earned all-league honors in all three sports for the Spartans... Named team MVP in both volleyball and basketball... Jumped 5 feet, 8 inches in the high jump to earn all-state honors in track... Set the school record in spikes and blocks as a senior... Was a volleyball team captain as a senior and a basketball team captain as a junior.
PERSONAL: Born in Stillwater, Minn., on Nov. 14, 1989... Daughter of Kaatje and Dan Plourde... Has one brother, Tim... Played for the Northern Lights Volleyball Club... Is a business administration major at CSU.
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