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Colorado State volleyball voted to finish second in MWC

Senior Middle Blocker Tessa Nelson

Senior Middle Blocker Tessa Nelson

Aug. 4, 2009

By Katy Johnstone
Athletic Media Relations

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The preseason Mountain West Conference poll was released Tuesday with the Rams selected to finish second, close behind the defending conference champs, the Utah Utes, by a survey of the nine conference head coaches and select media.

The Rams tallied 135 points, just three points short of the Utes, who captured eight first-place votes to CSU’s four. The preseason all-conference team was also released and CSU senior middle blocker Tessa Nelson was named Co-Player of the Year.

Nelson returns after earning all-MWC honors and a conference Player of the Week (Sept. 29) nod as a junior in 2008.  She was ranked sixth in the conference for blocks per set (1.16) last season and second on the team, ninth in conference, with a hitting percentage of .312.  Nelson is the only all-conference player returning for the Rams this season. 

New Mexico’s Jade Michaelson tied Nelson for top preseason honors.

This marks the second consecutive year that a Colorado State player has been named the preseason Player of the Year, after Mekana Barnes was selected in 2008.

The Rams will open the 2009 season hosting the Asics/Coors Classic on Aug. 28 against Pepperdine. Conference play starts Sept. 18 when the Rams travel to UNLV to take on the Rebels.


 

 

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