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Hilbert, Steffan, Plourde earn all-region honors

December 6, 2011

Coach Tom Hilbert and standout players Katelyn Steffan and Megan Plourde have been honored by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

CSU junior middle blocker Megan Plourde is the first Ram to earn all-region honors three times.CSU volleyball coach Tom Hilbert and two of his players have earned all-region honors from the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

Senior outside hitter Katelyn Steffan and junior middle blocker Megan Plourde were named Tuesday to the all-West Region team by the AVCA, while Hilbert was named the West Region Coach of the Year after leading the Rams to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Steffan saved her best for her senior year, emerging as the top outside hitter in the Mountain West. She was named MWC player of the year and MVP of the MWC Tournament after leading the Rams to both regular-season and tournament titles. It’s the first all-region honor for Steffan.

Plourde makes history

Plourde led the nation in blocks, averaging 1.71 per set. This is the third-consecutive all-region selection for Plourde – a first for any CSU volleyball player.

By earning all-region honors, both Steffan and Plourde now will be considered for the AVCA All-America team. This is the fifth-consecutive season CSU has landed at least two players on the all-region team.

Coach Tom HilbertA first for Hilbert

Hilbert, the most successful coach in school history, was named West Region Coach of the Year for the first time at CSU after being named MWC coach of the year – his eighth conference honor. Hilbert has taken the Rams to the NCAA Tournament each of his 15 seasons, and CSU has played in the past 17 tournaments.

Hilbert, who twice was named Northwest Region coach of the year at Idaho prior to coming to CSU, now will be considered for national coach of the year, which will be announced Dec. 15 at the NCAA semifinals in San Antonio.

Paige also honored

Wednesday, junior middle blocker Breion Page was named to the COBRA all-West Region team for the second consecutive year.

COBRA celebrates the success of volleyball players of African, Somoan and Tongan descent, encouraging young girls in those thnic groups to pursue the sport. Paige is one of 14 athletes on the all-region team.

The 6-foot-2 redshirt junior finished the season with 227 kills and led the MWC in hitting percentage (.362) while recording 107 blocks.

The Rams closed their season Friday, losing to third-ranked Hawaii in four sets after knocking off 13th-ranked Oregon on Thursday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Honolulu.