Sep 222008
Authors: Collegian Staff Report

After handily beating conference rivals Utah (No. 26) and Brigham Young (No. 24) last week, the Rams volleyball team jumped up in the American Volleyball Coaches Association poll from No. 15 to No. 13 Monday.

CSU lost just two sets in their first week of conference play, improving their record to 10-1 this season, 2-0 in conference.

The Rams haven’t been ranked this high since 2004, when they peaked at No. 9.

The Rams host Wyoming this Friday in the first of two volleyball Border Wars. Match time is set for 7 p.m.

In related news, middle blocker Mekana Barnes was named the Mountain West’s Conference Co-Player of the Week Monday. It is the fifth time she has earned the award over the course of her career.

Barnes had 23 total kills (hitting at a .450 clip) and eight blocks in two matches last week. Against BYU last Saturday Barnes hit at a career high rate (.667), registering 10 kills and no errors.

The Rams have now had two players in the last two weeks win the award, with redshirt freshman Katelyn Steffan picking it up last week.

Barnes shared this week’s award with TCU middle blocker Devon Kirk.

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