Sept. 11, 2012
By Nic Hallisey
Athletic Media Relations
LEXINGTON, Ky.--Senior middle blocker Megan Plourde has already established herself as one of the best players in Colorado State volleyball history. She's a three-time All-Mountain West selection, one of 10 players to receive All-America status, recently became the third Ram to ever record 500 career blocks and led the nation in blocking as a junior in 2011.
On Tuesday, one day after being tabbed as the Mountain West Volleyball Player of the Week, Plourde went national, becoming just the sixth CSU player to be named the Sports Imports/AVCA Division I National Player of the Week.
"This weekend really showed who we are as a team, bouncing back from last week," Plourde said. "Putting in all the hard work we did this last week really shows how dedicated we are as a team.
"This is incredible recognition to receive, and I feel so honored to get recognized in this way. I am in such a great place and have talented and skilled teammates who push me every day in practice, along with coaches who know so much about the game. My goal is to make sure every day I am doing what I have to do to contribute and help make my team successful."
Plourde joins Mekana Barnes (Sept. 4, 2007), Melissa Courtney (Nov. 22, 2004), Allison Peckham (Oct. 8, 2001), Kristen Walton (Sept. 6, 1993) and Carrie Appleman (Nov. 18, 1992) as CSU's all-time national players of the week.
"It's really a great honor because she is so well-respected across the country as a blocker," Head Coach Tom Hilbert said. "She had such a good weekend, and we had a good weekend as a team, so it says a lot about her and the players we have here at Colorado State."
On the week, the middle blocker from Somerset, Wis. averaged 3.45 kills and 2.18 blocks per set in three matches, also hitting .449. She averaged 4.64 points per set over 11 total sets and took home the Rams Volleyball Classic tournament MVP honors.
In CSU's sweep over then-No. 12 Pepperdine on Friday, Plourde posted 10 kills on a team-high .421 hitting. Leading 12-11 in Set 1, CSU went on a mini 2-0 run to force a Pepperdine timeout. Coming out of the break, Plourde posted back-to-back kills to expand CSU's lead to a set-high five points, 16-11. Plourde was again instrumental in the second set, recording a kill to tie the score at 22-22, which propelled CSU to a 4-1 run to close the set.
The following night, CSU held off FIU for a four-set win, including a 33-31 victory in the final set. Plourde led CSU with 15 kills on .429 hitting, also tallying nine blocks and 20.0 total points. In Set 2, she recorded six kills on six attempts, including three straight to tie the score and give CSU an 18-16 lead, which the Rams kept for the remainder of the set.
The Rams closed the weekend with a four-set win over the New Mexico State Aggies, where Plourde tallied her fifth career double-double with 13 kills and 13 blocks, in addition to 20.0 points and .500 hitting. Despite not recording a block in the fourth set, her total ranked sixth in four-set matches in CSU history. After dropping the first set, CSU bounced back in Set 2 with a 25-18 win behind five kills and six blocks by Plourde. CSU got out to a 4-0 lead thanks to two kills and a block by Plourde on the set's first three points, and never trailed in the set, finishing with a Plourde kill.
She currently ranks third nationally with 1.70 blocks her set, and as a team, the Rams rank fifth in the country.
Plourde's honor comes five days before CSU's marquee match of the season, against No. 2 UCLA. A win Saturday over the Bruins would be CSU's highest-ranked win ever at Moby Arena. CSU will look to improve on its 16-match home winning streak, which dates back more than a year. The match will also be a White Out, with the first 750 fans in attendance receiving a free white T-shirt. Card five of the set of 12 collectible trading cards will also be given out to the first 1,000 fans. Tickets for the match vs. can be purchased online, over the phone at 1-800-491-RAMS or in person at the McGraw Athletic Center.