MINNEAPOLIS – Colorado State setter Katie Oleksak and middle blocker Kirstie Hillyer have been named to the Honorable Mention All-America team by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced on Wednesday. The pair were named to the AVCA All-Pacific North Region team last week.
Oleksak earned her third Honorable Mention All-America in as many years, following her second Mountain West Player of the Year award. The Phoenix native was named to the All-Region team last week for the third season as she led the Rams and Mountain West with 11.5 assists per set, which also ranks 13th nationally. She directs the No. 23 hitting percentage team in the country and conference leader in hitting percentage (.262), while also providing .80 blocks per set on defense. Oleksak led CSU in assists in all 31 matches this season and recorded eighteen, 40-plus assist matches. She also set Colorado State's four-set match assist record (in modern scoring) with 61 assists at Boise State on Nov. 10 and her 1,288 assists in 2018 also ranks third at CSU in modern scoring.
Hillyer earned her first All-America award after earning All-Mountain West honors the last three seasons. The Colorado native finished first on the team with a .363 hitting percentage, which also ranked No. 41 in the country. The junior totaled 19 matches with double-figure kills, including setting a career high 21 kills against Florida State on Sept. 1. She also finished with a 1.23 block average – 48th in the nation – and tallied a season-high eight blocks three different times, including in the NCAA Tournament against No. T19 Tennessee.
The pair are the 25th and 26th AVCA Honorable Mentions for Colorado State as the Rams have had at least one player in six of the last seven seasons named to the team.
Colorado State (23-8, 15-3 MW) advanced to its 24th consecutive NCAA Tournament after winning the Mountain West for the 15th time and ninth time in the last 10 seasons. The Rams also reached the 20-win plateau for the 24th year in a row – dating back to 1995.