Sept. 23, 2013
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — For the third consecutive week, a Colorado State volleyball player has been named the Mountain West Women’s Volleyball Player of the Week. The MW announced on Monday that senior Samantha Peters is this week’s honoree. The selection is Peters’ first of her career.
It marks just the fifth time in MW history that a team has earned the award in three consecutive weeks, most recently occurring when the Rams did it in 2008. The theme of the 2013 CSU volleyball team is that on any given night, any player can step up and make an impact. That theme has been reinforced, as all three player-of-the-week selections have been different players. Deedra Foss earned the honor on Sept. 9, followed by Adrianna Culbert last week.
Peters helped the No. 22 Rams to a pair of victories on the week, extending CSU’s undefeated stretch to 10 matches (10-0, 1-0 MW), one of six undefeated teams in the country. In two three-set wins, she averaged 1.83 blocks and 2.83 kills on .412 hitting.
In Wednesday’s Border War win vs. Wyoming, Peters had 10 kills and five blocks. The Englewood, Colo., native was going up against the No. 1 blocking team in the country, but still hit with great efficiency, committing just one error (.450 hitting).
In a non-conference match against Texas A&M, Peters shut down one of the top offensive teams in the country, tying a career high with six blocks. Coming into the match, Texas A&M — which was the top team in the ‘Receiving Votes’ category of the AVCA Coaches top-25 poll (26th) — ranked 11th nationally in kills. They were held to a season low, in large part to Peters’ dominance at the net.
In addition to her six stuffs, Peters had seven kills on .357 hitting. The Rams came out dominant in the opening set, winning 25-11. During a 13-2 run early, Peters had three blocks and a kill. In the second frame and leading by one, 11-10, Peters had a big solo stuff to ignite a 14-6 CSU run.
The Rams will now turn their focus entirely to Mountain West action, traveling to Air Force on Thursday, followed by a matchup with New Mexico Saturday in Albuquerque. CSU’s 10-0 start is tied for the third-best in program history.