Aug. 16, 2011
By Leah Sakdol
Athletic Media Relations
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The No. 15 Colorado State Rams were picked to win the 2011 Mountain West volleyball title, the conference announced Tuesday. If the Rams do, it will be their third straight MW title and the 13th in program history.
The Rams received five first-place votes from a panel made up of the eight MW head volleyball coaches, giving them 60 points. New Mexico, the 2010 runner-up, sits at a close second with three first-place votes and 56 points. San Diego State was selected to round out the top three with 51 points.
For the fourth year in a row, a CSU player has been named the MW Preseason Player of the Year, this time junior MB Megan Plourde. In 2010, Plourde led the conference and ranked nationally with an average of 1.62 blocks per set. In the first round of the NCAA tournament, Plourde set a school record and MW season-high 19 blocks vs. Cal State Fullerton (Dec. 3).
Other players on the preseason all-MW team were senior MB Ashley Rhoades from New Mexico, junior MB Andrea Hannasch from San Diego State, senior MB Kristen Hester from TCU and junior OH Jodi Purdy from Wyoming. TCU junior Megan Munce was named preseason all-MW setter while New Mexico senior Allison Buck was named preseason all-MW libero.
Colorado State opens the 2011 season at the Arkansas Invitational, which begins Aug. 26. The Rams return to Moby Arena Sept. 2 to host Nebraska at 7 p.m.
2011 MW Preseason Women's Volleyball Coaches' Poll
|Pl.||Team (1st Place Votes)||Points|
|1.||Colorado State (5)||60|
|2.||New Mexico (3)||56|
|3.||San Diego State||51|
2011 Preseason Women's Volleyabll All-Mountain West Team
|Megan Plourde||Jr.||MB||Colorado State|
|Ashley Rhoades||Sr.||MB||New Mexico|
|Andrea Hannasch||Jr.||MB||San Diego State|
Libero: Allison Buck, Sr., New Mexico
Setter: Megan Munce, Jr., TCU
Preseason Player of the Year: Megan Plourde, Colorado State
Download Schedules: Add to calendar
Match notes: CSU to host Wyoming in regular...
The Colorado State Rams will host Wyoming on Tuesday night for their regular season finale. The...
Recap: CSU sweeps Air Force for 20th win of 2016
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The Colorado State Rams recorded 16 blocks as a team in a dominant...
Recap: CSU falls in five sets at Boise State
BOISE, Idaho – The Colorado State Rams dropped a five-set match at Boise State in a battle ...
Match notes: CSU to visit Boise State, host Air...
The CSU Rams will head to Boise, Idaho for a meeting with Boise State, in a matchup that will...
Poletto, Hillyer earn MW Player of the Week honors
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Colorado State’s starting middle blocker duo swept the...
Recap: Rams sweep Nevada in efficient team...
RENO, Nev. – Colorado State utilized a stellar all-around performance to sweep the Nevada...
Recap: Rams rally to beat San Diego State, 3-2
SAN DIEGO – Colorado State came from behind for the third match in a row to win 3-2 at San ...
CSU Volleyball adds four for 2017
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The Colorado State Rams volleyball team and Head Coach Tom Hilbert...