Dec. 23, 2013
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LEXINGTON, Ky. – The final AVCA Division I Coaches Top 25 Poll was released on Monday, with the Colorado State volleyball team coming in at No. 21. CSU has been ranked in the final top-25 poll in five of the past six seasons.
After beginning the year receiving just 15 points in the preseason poll, CSU quickly worked its way up, cracking the top 25 in mid-September, at No. 22. The Rams would continue to climb the poll, reaching No. 9 on Oct. 28. They would spend the next five weeks in the top 10, CSU’s highest national ranking since 2004.
All-time, CSU has been ranked more frequently than all but 14 teams in NCAA history, appearing in 248 of 462 polls. The Rams have been ranked in the season’s final poll 16 of 32 years (T-15th), and are 427-127 all-time as a ranked team.
CSU ranked No. 23 in RPI
The Rams finished 2013 with a final RPI rank of 23, their highest since 2010. The RPI (Ratings Percentage Index) is based off of three categories: a team’s winning percentage (25 percent), its opponents’ winning percentages (50 percent) and the winning percentage of its opponents’ opponents (25 percent). Since the RPI was created in 2001, CSU has finished in the top 50 each season, one of eight teams to do so.
As one of the top teams in the country, CSU also put up some of the top numbers in the country, both as a team and individually.
CSU and Stanford are the only two teams to be ranked in the top 15 in hitting percentage, kills and blocks. CSU has ranked in the top 25 for blocking each of the past seven seasons, and in hitting the last three.
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Individually, senior Samantha Peters
was one of three players in the NCAA to hit above .400 while averaging at least 1.40 blocks per set. Her .402 hitting percentage ranks fifth in CSU single-season history, and she is the fifth Ram in the past six seasons to rank in the top 15 in blocking. Foss is the first setter to rank in the top 10 since Ashley Fornstrom
Averaging 3,283 fans per match, CSU set a program best for attendance in 2013. The figure ranks seventh nationally, CSU’s highest national finish since 2001. It also marks the seventh time that the Rams have ranked in the top 10 nationally for average attendance. CSU has appeared in the top 25 every season but once.
The Rams went 14-1 at home in 2013, the 11th time in CSU history with one or fewer home losses. They drew four crowds of at least 4,000, including 4,801 vs. Boise State on Oct. 12, which ranks 10th in program history.
CSU closed the 2013 season with a 28-2 record, setting program and Mountain West marks for consecutive victories and wins to start a season (27). The Rams’ .933 winning percentage was also a program best.
- Despite being picked to finish second, CSU won its fifth consecutive Mountain West title, going 19-1 and leading wire to wire. Hawai’i is the only other active team to win at least five straight conference championships, however, CSU is the only team to earn its conference’s automatic berth to the NCAA tournament each of the past five season. The Rainbow Wahine received an at-large bid after finishing in a three-way tie for the Big West title. Since the formation of the Mountain West, CSU has won 11 of the 15 regular-season titles.
- The Rams earned their 19th straight trip to the NCAA tournament, which ranks seventh nationally among active streaks. All-time, CSU has been to the tournament 25 times, which ranks 11th.
- Head Coach Tom Hilbert, the AVCA Pacific North Coach of the Year, earned career victory No. 600 on Nov. 9, becoming one of 10 coaches in Division I women’s volleyball history to win at least 600 matches and hold a winning percentage above .770. Hilbert is 605-178 in 25 seasons as a head coach (.773).
- Senior Samantha Peters was named the 2013 Mountain West Player of the Year, while junior Deedra Foss and Head Coach Tom Hilbert were honored as setter and coach of the year, respectively. Additionally, sophomore Adrianna Culbert and junior Kelsey Snider were also named to the All-Mountain West team. Culbert, Foss and Peters earned AVCA Honorable Mention All-America honors.
- In addition to the school's best winning percentage, CSU’s 28 victories are tied for fifth, and its two losses are a program record.
- Building off of five straight road wins to close the 2012 season, CSU went 14-0 in true road matches in 2013, currently holding a program-best 17-match true road winning streak.