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Sports / Recreation

Volleyball standout a true hall of famer

October 18, 2013

The 26th CSU Sports Hall of Fame banquet, sponsored by the Ram Alumni Athletes Association, is set for 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, at the Fort Collins Hilton.

Allison Peckham still ranks fourth on CSU's all-time assists list.Allison Peckham was the driving force on some of the greatest volleyball teams in CSU’s history. That’s what makes her an obvious choice for the CSU Sports Hall of Fame.

Peckham, one of two Canadians (swimmer Ralph Hutton is the other) in the 2013 hall of fame class, grew up in a volleyball family in London, Ontario, and used that background to propel her to success as a setter. A four-year starter, she led the Rams to four consecutive conference titles and four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances from 1998-2001.

Sustained success

Those teams were a combined 113-18 (.863 winner percentage), went to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament three times and posted two of the three 30-win seasons in school history (30-3 in 1999, 32-5 in 2000).

“My favorite part about my time at CSU was my team,” Peckham said. “As an athlete, you have two weeks to be on campus before all of the other students arrive; during those first two weeks, my team and I grew very close. After a while, your team becomes your support system. My team became more like my extended family — we had such great chemistry”

Peckham was conference setter of the year in 2000 and 2001, and was all-Mountain West both of those seasons. She finished her career with 4,844 assists, which ranks fourth at CSU, and was named the 2002 Mencimer Award winner as the school's most outstanding female scholar-athlete.

Banquet open to all fans

Peckham is one of six former CSU standouts being inducted into the school’s sports hall of fame. Other honorees include Joey Porter (football), Willis Holland (football and wrestling), Marne Findlay (track and cross country), Bradlee Van Pelt (volleyball) and Hutton (swimming).

Tickets for the annual banquet are $70 for RAAA members, $75 for non-members. They can be purchased online or by calling (877) 498-7787.