Dec. 16, 2009
By Danny Mattie
Athletic Media Relations
TAMPA, Fla. - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced Wednesday the 29th annual Division I All-America teams for women's volleyball, and three Rams - Danielle Minch, Katelin Batten and Megan Plourde - earned honorable mention All-America recognition.
Minch, the 2009 Mountain West Conference Player of the Year, earned her first nod as an honorable mention All-American, after leading the MWC in kills per set and points per set. She recorded 426 kills on the season, and led the Rams to the regional semifinals of the NCAA tournament for the fifth time in school history. She posted team-high kills totals in 25 of CSU's 31 matches on the season, and eclipsed the 20-kill mark in four matches throughout the season. Minch also led the Rams in kills in each of the team's three postseason matches, and was honored as the MWC Player of the Week on Nov. 16.
Batten was selected as the Mountain West's Libero of the Year, and ranks as the Rams' all-time leader in total digs and digs per set. She averaged a career-best 4.31 digs per set for the Rams in 2009, posting team-highs in 27 of 30 matches, including tying a CSU single-match record with 24 digs in a three-set victory over Utah on Oct. 17. She also earned all-tourney honors at the Carolina Classic in September.
Plourde earned all-conference honors for the Rams as a first-year player in 2009. She ranks second in the MWC and 27th nationally in hitting percentage, and has tallied 225 kills, second behind Minch (409) and outside hitter Jacque Davisson (280). She ranks second on the team in total blocks with 107, just behind senior middle blocker, and MWC preseason Player of the Year, Tessa Nelson. Plourde is one of only four freshman named to the eight, 14-player teams.
The three Rams were among seven Mountain West Conference players to earn accolades, joining New Mexico's Taylor Hadfield, and TCU's Kourtney Edwards, Christy Hudson and Megan Munce.
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