Rams Volleyball On Pace for 24th consecutive Post-Season Appearance
COLORADO SPRINGS – With two weeks to go in the 2018 women’s volleyball regular season, Colorado State is atop the Mountain West Standings with a 12-2 record. They are on the hunt for their 24th straight postseason appearance and are led by the trio of junior middle blocker Paulina Hougaard-Jensen, sophomore outside hitter Breana Runnels, and junior setter Katie Oleksak.
Oleksak’s 11.55 assists per set is currently ranked 12th nationally and she is 302 assists away from reaching the 4,000 career mark. As the leagues active-leader in the statistic, she would become only the 16th MW student-athlete to reach the 4,000 plateau.
Fresno State’s Taylor Slover earned the MW Offensive Player of the Week for her performances versus Boise State and Utah State last week. The senior outside hitter posted 4.25 kills per set and notched a double-double in both games. The Bulldogs’ 18 wins are the most by the program since the 2012 season and are one Conference victory away from matching the program record in league play.
Fresno State’s Jonathan Winder and UNLV’s Dawn Sullivan are in their first-year at the helm of their respective programs. Both Winder and Sullivan have won 18 games this season and with two weeks left in the season could reach the 20-win mark. In 2018, only one other coach in Division I women’s volleyball has won at least 20 or more games in their first season (Eve Rackham, Tennessee).
Boise State senior middle blocker Morgan Hughes was tabbed as the MW Defensive Player of the Week. She tallied a 10-block contest versus San Diego State which ties for the seventh-most in school history.
Shanleigh Conlan became the third Air Force player at the Division I level to record 100 aces in a career and she is second all-time in the Falcons record book with 101 total.
UNLV sophomore Mariena Hayden has tallied 86 service aces this season which leads the nation. Her career 129 service aces are nine short of tying for fifth all-time in Conference history.
Wyoming’s Reed Copeland is now fifth all-time in Conference history with her 623 total blocks. The Washington native is third in the MW in block solos all-time and is chasing the top-five in block-assists.
Last weekend, San Diego State’s Deja Harris hit the 1,600 points mark in her career. She becomes the 20th student-athlete in league history to join the ranks of at least 1,600 career points.