CSU's Plourde named MW Volleyball Player of the Week

By Nic Hallisey
Athletic Media Relations

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.—After leading her team to a 3-0 record over the weekend—including a win against No. 12 Pepperdine and the Rams Volleyball Classic title—Colorado State senior Megan Plourde was named the Mountain West Women’s Volleyball Player of the Week. The conference made the announcement Monday.

The middle blocker from Somerset, Wis. Averaged 3.45 kills and 2.18 blocks per set in three matches, while hitting .449. She averaged 4.64 points per set over 11 total sets and took home tournament MVP honors.

The award is Plourde’s third of her career, becoming the eighth Ram with three or more honors. She also was selected on Sept. 5, 2011 and Sept. 27, 2010.

“I’m very grateful for all of the honors I’ve received,” Plourde said. “I have amazing teammates and coaches who surround me and help me.”

In CSU’s sweep over the nationally ranked Waves on Friday, Plourde posted 10 kills on a team-high .421 hitting. Leading 12-11 in Set 1, CSU went on a mini 2-0 run to force a Pepperdine timeout. Coming out of the break, Plourde posted back-to-back kills to expand CSU’s lead to a set-high five points, 16-11. Plourde was again instrumental in the second set, recording a kill to tie the score at 22-22, which propelled CSU to a 4-1 run to close the set.

The following night, CSU held off FIU for a four-set win, including a 33-31 victory in the final set. Plourde led CSU with 15 kills on .429 hitting, also tallying nine blocks and 20.0 total points. In Set 2, she recorded six kills on six attempts, including three straight to tie the score and give CSU an 18-16 lead, which the Rams kept for the remainder of the set.

The Rams closed the weekend with a four-set win over the New Mexico State Aggies, where Plourde tallied her fifth career double-double with 13 kills and 13 blocks, in addition to 20.0 points and .500 hitting. Despite not recording a block in the fourth set, her total ranked sixth in four-set matches in CSU history. After dropping the first set, CSU bounced back in Set 2 with a 25-18 win behind five kills and six blocks by Plourde. CSU got out to a 4-0 lead thanks to two kills and a block by Plourde on the set’s first three points, and never trailed in the set, finishing with a Plourde kill.

Last week, Plourde became the third player in program history to record 500 career blocks. With her current 1.70 blocks-per-set average, she is on pace to become the school’s No. 1 blocker by the end of her career. As a junior in 2011, Plourde led the nation in blocks with 1.71 per set.

“We had a very hard week of practice, and worked really hard,” Plourde said, “so to get the results we had this past weekend is really encouraging. Playing UCLA this upcoming weekend, we have some additional motivation to keep improving.”