Alex Reid named MW Player of the Week
CSU senior Alex Reid has been recognized as the Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week by the conference Monday after helping the Rams go 2-0 to open MW play.
The senior transfer from Long Beach State, totaled 35 kills over the course of two matches. Thursday against Utah State, she posted 14 kills on a season-best .542 hitting percentage. In a comeback win Saturday against Boise State, Reid registered a career-high 21 kills.
Two matches into MW play, Reid is averaging 4.38 kills per set. She recorded nine digs in each match, and had four blocks over the course of the two matches. The senior had just four attack errors on 87 total attempts against USU and BSU.
Reid becomes the second CSU player to earn the weekly honor this season, joining teammate Adrianna Culbert.
CSU drops to No. 20 in AVCA poll
Despite going 2-0 to open MW play, the Rams fell one spot to No. 20 in the latest American Volleyball Coaches’ Association poll, which was released Monday.
CSU (9-3, 2-0 MW) was jumped in the poll by No. 16 Minnesota (previously No. 21) and No. 18 Purdue (previously No. 20), while Oregon fell to No. 22 (previously No. 18).
Another MW school cracked the rankings, with Wyoming coming in at No. 25. The Cowgirls swept Boise State, who took CSU five sets Saturday. They also fared better than CSU in an exhibition match earlier in the week against Shanghai Eastbest & Lansheng, although it does not count toward the standings. Wyoming lost in five sets to the Chinese team, whereas the Rams were swept.
Long Beach State, the former school of MW Offensive Player of the Week Alex Reid, moved up one spot in the poll to No. 24.
CSU is back in action Thursday at 7:30 p.m. when they play at Nevada. The Rams continue the road trip when they take on San Diego State at 3 p.m. Saturday.
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