Sept. 5, 2011
By Nic Hallisey
Athletic Media Relations
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.—Still riding the high of a come-from-behind victory over No. 5 Nebraska on Friday night, Colorado State middle blocker Megan Plourde was named the Mountain West Volleyball Player of the Week, which was announced Monday.
The 6-3 junior from Somerset, Wis., began the week with a .462 (6-0-13) hitting performance at No. 17 Oklahoma, also tallying two block assists and two digs in the loss. She wrapped up the week with three kills, a service ace, four digs and two blocks in a 3-0 sweep of Albany on Saturday evening.
But, the memorable performance came on Friday night, in CSU’s home opener. Facing No. 5 Nebraska, Plourde carried CSU with nine kills and a .350 hitting percentage, also totaling a match-high eight blocks. CSU dropped the first two sets of the contest, but regrouped during the intermission to take the final three sets in the monumental win. The victory tied for the highest ranked team CSU has ever beaten at Moby Arena, as the Rams also defeated then-No. 5 BYU on Nov. 1, 1997. In the match, Plourde recorded six of her kills and all eight blocks in the final three sets, including a momentum-changing kill in the third set to make the score 6-2 and force a Nebraska timeout, and a block to close out the match’s final point. The victory came in front of 6,750 fans, a program and conference attendance record.
"I feel very thankful for being recognized," Plourde said of the honor. "We, as a team, had an outstanding weekend, and everyone contributed to what we accomplished."
For the week, CSU faced three teams that were in last season’s NCAA tournament, going 2-1 thanks to Plourde’s averages of 1.64 kills, 1.09 blocks, 0.64 digs and 0.09 aces per set, while hitting .295 and accounting for 2.27 points per set
The honor is Plourde’s second of her career (also Sept. 27, 2010), and CSU’s third in the last calendar year (also Danielle Minch, Oct. 18, 2010). Earlier Monday morning, CSU sophomore Nordly Capi was named the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week for football.