Awards & Honors:
2010 (Senior): Established herself with the all-time CSU greats after a stellar senior season in which she appeared in 104 sets...Named Mountain West Player of the Year and 2010-11 Female Athlete of the Year by the conference...Also earned AVCA All-American honorable mention and all-West Region first team honors...Averaged 4.58 points per game during conference play, first in the league...Finished the year with 423.5 total points, first on the team...Her 3.73 kills per set average also ranked first in the MW during conference matches, and her 27 aces placed sixth...Tallied double-digit kills in 22 matches, and recorded 14 or more kills on 10 occasions...Joined an elite club by eclipsing 1,000 career kills...Overall, led the Rams in kills 17 times, hitting percentage seven times, aces in a dozen matches and blocks five times...Had the highest single-match hitting percentage during conference play of .619 at Utah (Sept. 26).
2008 (Sophomore): Recorded six matches with 10 or more kills...Against BYU and Utah (Sept. 18 and 20) tallied a combined 31 kills and nine blocks...Set a career high of 17 kills at Utah (Nov. 22)... Set season high with six digs and six blocks at BYU (Nov. 20)... Tallied a career high of four service aces at TCU (Nov. 8).
2007 (Freshman): Saw playing time in every match, the only freshman on the roster to do so...Appeared in 96 of the team's 110 sets played...Finished fifth on the team in kills with 214...Averaged 2.23 kills per game, including a career high 15 at BYU (Sept. 22)...Totaled 10 kills or more in nine matches...Had a career-high six blocks at Utah (Sept. 21).
High School: Helped lead Sterling to a pair of state volleyball championships (2005, 2006)...Holds the school record with 450 kills in a season...Twice received her school's outstanding net play team honor...Notched all-state accolades in 2005 and 2006...A three-sport athlete and three-sport varsity letterwinner...Also helped lead Sterling to a basketball state championship in 2005, and was named basketball team MVP...High school volleyball coach was Lisa Schumacher.
Personal: Born on Feb. 3, 1989, in Sterling, Colo. ...Daughter of Ken and Terri Minch...Has one brother...Full name is Danielle Nicole Minch...Is an English major at CSU.