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Plourde and Steffan earn All-America accolades

December 14, 2011

Capping a memorable year, junior Megan Plourde and senior Katelyn Steffan have received the ultimate collegiate volleyball honor, as both were named third-team All-Americans by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

2011 AVCA All-Americans

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Plourde, a three-time all-Mountain West and two-time all-region middle blocker, is a junior from Somerset, Wis. She is the national leader in blocks, averaging 1.71 per set.

In addition to her blocking skills, Plourde was one top hitters in the Mountain West, averaging 2.38 kills per set while hitting at a .297 clip. Her 1.71 blocks-per-set average is the best single-season average in CSU history.

Steffan, a senior from Dickinson, N.D., capped a phenomenal final season by being named Mountain West player of the year and most valuable player in the Mountain West Tournament.

Steffan, who had not earned all-conference honors in her first three seasons, saved her best for her senior year. After switching to left-side hitter for the first time, she ranked second in the Mountain West in kills and points per set, while ranking among league leaders in blocks and service aces.

The Rams finished 2011 with a 24-6 record, earning their 17th consecutive NCAA Tournament berth. After beating Oregon in the first round of the NCAAs, the Rams pushed third-ranked Hawaii to four sets before losing in the regional quarterfinals. Earlier in the season, the Rams posted a milestone win over No. 5 Nebraska before a record crowd of 6,750 at Moby Arena.

Joining an elite club at Colorado State

The two student-athletes became the ninth and 10th players in CSU history to earn All-America honors, and it marks just the fourth time that two Rams have been selected in the same season.

Plourde and Steffan join Angela Knopf (2001 first team) and Soraya Santos (2001 second team); Knopf (2000 first team) and Courtney Cox (2000 second team); and Diane Saba (1987 first team) and Angie Knox (1987 second team) as the only pairs to do so. Sherri Danielson (1984 first team, 1985 second team), Catie Vagneur (1999 second team) and Mekana Barnes (2007 third team) are CSU’s other All-America award-winners, giving the program 12 awards overall.

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