Sep 102007
 
Authors: Collegian Staff Report

Junior middle blocker Mekana Barnes was named Mountain West Conference Volleyball Player of the Week for the second week in a row Monday.

The junior received the honor after leading the Rams to a 3-0 record in the Hilton Classic, managing wins against the CU-Boulder, Miami (OH) and Winthrop.

During the tournament, Barnes compiled 52 kills, a .553 hitting percentage, 21 blocks and 4 service aces. For her efforts, she was named tournament MVP.

With the honor, Barnes becomes the only player in CSU volleyball history to be named MWC Player of the Week on back-to-back occasions. BYU outside hitter Chelsea Goodman is the only other player to receive the honor so far this year.

The recognition comes a week after the ThunderRidge grad was named the national player of the week.

Barnes’ strong play has helped the Rams to get back on track after a rough 0-3 start. CSU is currently on a five-match winning streak, winning 15 of their last 19 games.

The Rams received 30 votes in the CSTV/AVCA Coach’s Poll this week, ranking them sixth among teams not in the top-25.

Barnes and the Rams begin conference play 7 p.m. Wednesday against TCU.

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Barnes’ week

52 kills

.533 hitting percentage

21 blocks

4 service aces

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