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Rams ranked 17th in preseason poll

All-American and MWC Player of the Year Mekana Barnes

All-American and MWC Player of the Year Mekana Barnes

Aug. 20, 2008

By John Manuszak
Athletic Media Relations

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – For the third time in five years, the Colorado State volleyball team will begin its season ranked in the CSTV/AVCA Division I Coaches Top 25 preseason poll. The Rams are ranked 17th in the preseason poll that was released on Tuesday by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. The Rams, who received votes in the final poll last season, were ranked as high as No. 17 in the country during the 2007 season. CSU began the 2004 season ranked 11th in the country and 22nd to start the year in 2005.

“We’re excited about the opportunity we have this season,” said Rams Head Coach Tom Hilbert. “It’s great that we are getting some respect around the country but now it’s up to us to prove that we belong.”

Last season, the Rams posted a 23-8 record, including a perfect 14-0 mark at home, on their way to the second round of the NCAA tournament. It marked the 13th consecutive season with an NCAA tournament bid, which marks the longest streak of any sport in school history. CSU returns 10 letterwinners from last year’s team, including All-American and MWC Player of the Year Mekana Barnes, as well as senior all-region selections Ashley Fornstrom and Jaime Strauss.

The Rams will face three top 25 opponents this season (No. 8 Florida, No. 20 BYU and No. 24 Long Beach State) and will also meet three teams that received votes in the poll (Pepperdine, Utah and Arizona).

In addition to the regular-season schedule, Moby Arena will play host to one of four NCAA Regionals, Dec. 12 and 13 in Fort Collins. Tickets for the two-day event are available through CSURams.com or by calling 1-800/491-RAMS.




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