March 22, 2010
Complete Release from USA Volleyball
By Danny Mattie
Athletic Media Relations
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Colorado State’s all-conference setter, Evan Sanders, has been selected as part of the 24-player roster for USA Volleyball’s National A2 Program.
The announcement made last week by USA Volleyball establishes Sanders, a junior-to-be from Lafayette, Colo., as the next in a long line of outstanding setters to play under Head Coach Tom Hilbert at Colorado State.
“We have had a long tradition of really good setters at CSU,” said Hilbert. “All of our setters in the Mountain West have gone on to earn all-conference, Setter of the Year, and even All-America honors. I think people are starting to look at how we develop the position.”
Sanders, who is new to the position since coming to CSU two years ago, developed in 2009 into an all-MWC caliber player for the Rams in just her second season at setter, and her first as a full-time starter.
“Evan is a great athlete, but she is still new at the position,” added Hilbert. “She has only been playing it for a couple of years, so for her to get that kind of a look from the national team, they are seeing great potential in her.”
With Sanders setting the pace, Colorado State put together one of the best seasons in school history, posting a record of 25-6, a Mountain West Conference championship, and a trip to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament.
Sanders and the rest of the US National A2 team will begin training May 24-28 in Tempe, Ariz., and the team will then be split into two 12-player rosters to compete in the Open Division of the 2010 USA Open National Championships held May 29-June 1 at the Phoenix Convention Center.
“I’m excited for her,” said Hilbert. “It will really hone her ability to see the game and work with players in a new environment where she has to figure out how to be successful with different people. She will get a week of great training and another week of outstanding competition, and that will only make her a better player.”
Sanders is also the latest Rams player to compete for USA Volleyball, following in the footsteps of former teammate Mekana Barnes, a middle blocker from Highlands Ranch, Colo., who has been training with the US Senior National Team since April 2009. While at CSU (2004-08), Barnes put together resume that featured an MWC Player of the Year nod, two all-region selections, and an AVCA All-America distinction.