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Five CSU volleyball players tabbed All-Mountain West

The Colorado State volleyball team had five players earn all-MW conference honors, the conference announced on Monday afternoon.

Freshman setter Katie Oleksak was named MW Freshman of the year after a stellar first collegiate season. Oleksak led all freshman nation-wide with 11.36 assists per set, which was second in the league and placed her 13th overall in the nation. The Phoenix, Ariz., native averaged 0.93 blocks per set, a figure that placed her second in the NCAA among setters. She also led the NCAA in this category at times this season.

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Redshirt freshman middle blocker Kirstie Hillyer snagged the newcomer of the year award. The Bayfield, CO., native was atop the conference at 1.58 blocks per set and fifth in the NCAA in that category among freshman. Hillyer was also the third-highest attacker on the team, notching 2.52 kills per set while also hitting .344.

The Rams had three more join Oleksak and Hillyer on the All-MW squad. Junior middle blocker Alexandra Poletto was named All-MW for the second consecutive season. Poletto was first on the team in hitting percentage at .349 and second behind Hillyer in blocking at 1.30 per set.

Both outsider hitters, Jasmine Hanna and Sanja Cizmic rounded out the All-Conference team for the Rams. Cizmic was the top attacker for CSU during the regular season at 3.06 kills a set. The Split, Croatia product reached double-figures in kills 19 times and posted a season-high 27 kills in a Nov. 22 win over Wyoming. Hanna was second on the team behind Cizmic with 2.96 kills per set. In two matches this year, she reached 20 kills while also reaching double-digits in kills 18 times.

Collegian Sports Reporter Michael Roley can be reached at sports@collegian.com and on Twitter @michael_roley

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