Oct. 31, 2011
By Nic Hallisey
Athletic Media Relations
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.—Colorado State junior Brieon Paige led the Rams to two conference victories last week, and on Monday, was rewarded with her first career Mountain West Volleyball Player of the Week award.
Paige, a 6-2 middle blocker from Sacramento, Calif., averaged 2.83 kills per set on .630 hitting in sweeps over San Diego State and UNLV. In the six sets, she recorded 17 kills without making an error. Paige also added eight blocks, two digs and an assist in the pair of matches.
“I am very honored,” Paige said. “I never really get high off of individual accolades, but I am very blessed. I look at this as a team award. When my teammates work hard, it makes me work harder, and in the end makes us all better.”
On Thursday against the Aztecs, who at the time were in second place in the MW standings, Paige recorded a team-high nine kills on .529 hitting. With the score tied at 8-8 in the opening set, she began a 5-3 CSU run with a kill, forcing a SDSU timeout. The Rams closed out the set on a 6-2 run, which featured a block and kill by Paige. The score was tied again in the second set, this time at 11-11, when Paige posted a block to ignite a 3-0 run. CSU held the advantage the remainder of the set.
Against UNLV on Saturday afternoon, Paige converted eight of her 10 attempts into kills, hitting .800. The percentage led CSU, which posted its second-highest attack percentage of the season (.493). In Set 1 against the Rebels, Paige recorded a kill followed by a block, the first two plays of an 8-1 CSU run. In Set 3 alone, Paige recorded five kills on six attempts, in addition to two blocks.
On the season, Paige is averaging 2.20 kills and 0.94 blocks per set. Her .350 hitting percentage ranks third in the MW. In conference action, Paige is averaging 1.08 blocks per set (third in MW) and .362 hitting (second).
The award is CSU’s fourth in 10 weeks this season. It is the first time since 2008 that at least four Mountain West Volleyball Player of the Week honors have been given to a CSU student-athlete. Megan Plourde was awarded for the week of Sept. 5, while Katelyn Steffan has been honored twice (Oct. 3 and Oct. 17).