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CSU's Culbert earns Mountain West Player of Week honors

Adrianna Culbert averaged 5.29 kills on .523 hitting in a pair of victories last week.

Adrianna Culbert averaged 5.29 kills on .523 hitting in a pair of victories last week.

Sept. 16, 2013

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Colorado State sophomore Adrianna Culbert has been named the Mountain West Women’s Volleyball Player of the Week after leading the Rams to a pair of victories last week to remain undefeated on the season (8-0). The MW made the announcement Monday morning.

The right-side hitter from Delton, Mich., averaged 5.29 kills on .523 hitting for the week, in addition to 3.00 digs per set and three total service aces.

In a four-set victory at Denver on Tuesday, Culbert tallied a career-high 23 kills, the most by a MW player this season and most by a CSU athlete since November 2011. Her 23 kills came on .512 hitting, as she committed just two errors on 41 swings. In the match, Culbert also led the team in aces (3) and digs (14) — her third consecutive double-double.

The following night, facing Missouri State at home, Culbert again led the Rams with 14 kills on .542 hitting (14-1-24), a new career high. Against the Bears, the Rams closed Set 1 on a 4-1 run to win, 25-21, with two kills coming from Culbert. In the second frame, she tallied six kills on seven attempts.

After posting just three kills in a Set-1 loss at DU, the sophomore stepped up her game in Set 2, beginning the set with two service aces to help the Rams jump out to a 3-0 lead. Later in the set, leading just 14-13, CSU went on a 5-1 run to force DU’s second timeout, with three of the points coming off Culbert kills. She finished the match with 15 kills on her final 24 swings.

The honor is Culbert’s first of her career, and marks the second straight week a CSU student-athlete has been recognized after junior setter Deedra Foss was named last week’s player of the week.

After a week away from competition, the Rams return to Moby Arena for a pair of critical matches this week. CSU begins conference play Wednesday at 7 p.m. MT vs. Border War rival Wyoming, before hosting Texas A&M in the team’s annual Orange Out (Saturday at 7 p.m.).




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