Oct. 3, 2011
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – University of New Mexico volleyball middle blocker Ashley Rhoades has been named the Mountain West Volleyball Co-Player of the Week for matches played from Sept. 27-Oct. 2, 2011. Rhoades shares the honor with Colorado State opposite hitter Katelyn Steffan.
Rhoades, a 5-11 senior from Rio Rancho, N.M., led the Lobos to a 2-0 record last week. She hit .500 (11 kills-1 error-19 attempts) in a 3-0 win at Air Force on Sept. 29, adding three blocks, a service ace and a dig on the evening. On Saturday, Oct. 1, Rhoades recorded a league-high 31 kills in a 3-1 win at Boise State. She also had eight blocks and two digs in the match. The Boise State match was a battle, as all four games were decided by two points.
Rhoades’ 31 kills and 36 points are the most recorded by any MW player this season. The fact that she was able to put up those numbers in a conference match on the road is incredible.
Her 31 kills rank as the fourth-most ever recorded in a MW match, moving her ahead of CSU’s Jaime Strauss who had 30 kills at BYU in 2007. It is also tied for the third most kills ever recorded in UNM history. Pualine Manser had 31 kills against San Jose State on Oct. 5, 1990.
For the week, Rhoades averaged 6.00 kills, 1.57 blocks and 0.43 digs per set, while hitting .466. She averaged 7.07 points per set over seven total sets. This is the second such honor for Rhoades in her career. Her first MW Player of the Week honor was on Oct.5, 2009, during her sophomore season.