The postseason has arrived.
Though the CSU football team will not play its final game until
Dec. 31, the women’s volleyball team will begin NCAA Tournament
play today at 3:30 p.m.
CSU travels to the University of Maryland to face George Mason
University (16-12) in the first round of the Women’s Volleyball
Division I National Championships.
The No. 12 Rams (28-4), the tournament’s 14 seed, have not lost
since Sept. 19, winning 21 straight matches since then. A team with
no seniors but plenty of top performers, the Rams have three
players who made the All-Mountain West Conference team this year,
including Co-Player of the Year and Setter of the Year, junior
Melissa Courtney. Four Rams were named to the Mountain West
All-Tournament team and Courtney was also named Setter of the
In the last game of the regular season, a sweep at Long Beach
State University, Rogers had 16 kills. Junior middle blocker Katie
Jo Shirley had 14 kills and a match-high .619 with only one hitting
error. Sophomore right side hitter Dre Downs had 12 kills and tied
for four blocks with junior Bri Frech.
CSU head coach Tom Hilbert, this year’s MWC Coach of the Year,
said the past week was one of the best while he has been at
“This has been one of the greatest weeks since I’ve been here,”
Hilbert said after the team won its final regular season game last
week. “I’m really proud of our team and I’m proud of our program.
It’s an exciting time for CSU volleyball.”
The George Mason Patriots of Fairfax, Va., won their second
straight Colonial Athletic Association Tournament against Hofstra
The Patriots boast senior outside hitter Aline Pereira, a
two-time Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week and
three-time Player of the Year in the CAA. Pereira scored 43 kills
in a four-game match against Hofstra, sixth best on the NCAA
all-time list. It was her second game in eight days with 43 kills.
She also had six digs and two blocks.
Last year, the Patriots fell in three games to Michigan State in
the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Head coach Pat Kendrick in
19 years at George Mason has been to four previous NCAA
If the Rams defeat George Mason, they will face either American
University (22-9, 14-0 PL) or No. 25 University of Maryland (26-7,
12-4 ACC) at 5 p.m. on Saturday.
American has won 19 of its last 20 games. In the final match of
the Patriot League Tournament, the Eagles held Bucknell to a .185
Senior outside hitter Karla Kucerkova had 26 kills and 11 digs
in the match and was named the tournament MVP. Junior outside
hitter Natacha Cornaz had 11 kills, hitting .476. As a team the
American Eagles hit .349. In the 1997 first round, CSU defeated
American in three games.
The host Maryland Terrapins defeated No. 11 Georgia Tech (31-3,
15-1) in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament in four games.
Three Terps scored double-doubles in the match, including senior
outside hitter Lynnsy Jones, the tournament MVP. Jones had 18 kills
and 14 digs. Junior outside hitters Maria DiLivio and Sarah
Treadwell had the other double-doubles. DiLivio had 11 kills and 15
digs while Treadwell had 15 kills and 21 digs.