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CSU volleyball standout Steffan cited by hall of fame

January 18, 2012

Saving her best play for her senior season, Katelyn Steffan came from nowhere to become the most dominant player on the Mountain West's most dominant team.

CSU standout Katelyn Steffan, who led the Rams to their 17th consecutive NCAA appearance, was named the state's top female college athlete by the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame.CSU volleyball standout Katelyn Steffan has been named the 2011 female college athlete of the year by the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame.

Steffan, a senior from Livingston, N.D., saved her best performance for her final season of competition, leading the Rams to their 17th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, a Mountain West championship and a Mountain West Tournament Championship. Steffan also played a pivotal role in the Rams’ Sept. 3 win over No. 5 Nebraska before a CSU and MW record crowd of 6,750 fans at Moby Arena.

Steffan led the MW, averaging 3.59 kills per set, as the Rams finished 24-6 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Steffan, who not been named an all-conference player in her first three years, was named MW player of the year and most valuable player at the MW Tournament. She and middle blocker Megan Plourde were named third-team All-Americans following the season.

Rams have dominated award

Steffan is the second consecutive CSU volleyball player to earn the female college athlete of the year award from the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame, joining 2010 winner Danielle Minch, who also earned MW player of the year honors as a senior. Steffan, who graduated from CSU in December with a degree in family & consumer sciences, is the sixth CSU volleyball player to be honored by the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame.

Banquet set for April 10 in Denver

Steffan will be introduced at the 2012 Colorado Sports Hall of Fame April 10 banquet at the Denver Marriott City Center Hotel. Among the six permanents inductees in the class of 2011 is former CSU football great Greg Myers.

Tickets for the banquet, which are expected to quickly sell out, are $175. For ticket information, contact the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame or call (720) 258-3535.