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Meegan Hart from NCAA-bound Colorado volleyball named first team All-Pac-12

Colorado middle blocker Meegan Hart (right) was named first team All-Pac-12.  (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)
Colorado middle blocker Meegan Hart (right) was named first team All-Pac-12. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)
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A pair of Colorado volleyball players have been honored for the Buffaloes’ NCAA Tournament season.

On Tuesday, the Pac-12 Conference announced its year-end awards, with graduate middle blocker Meegan Hart leading the way for the Buffs with a first team selection. Outside hitter Lexi Hadrych, in her first year at CU after transferring from UCLA, was an honorable mention selection.

A former Iowa State transfer now in her fourth season at CU, Hart enjoyed a career year this fall, posting career-highs in kills per set (2.06), blocks per set (1.23) and hitting percentage (.432). Hart twice was named the Pac-12’s Defensive Player of the Week while helping to lead the Buffaloes to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2018.

Hadrych, a fifth-year player intent on using her extra season of eligibility with the Buffs next year, proved to be the perfect complement to Maya Tabron on CU’s attack. Hadrych was a close second to Tabron for the team lead in kills per set, averaging 3.19, while posting a .235 hitting percentage.

Conference champion Stanford, which earned one of the four No.1 seeds for the NCAA Tournament, nearly made it a clean sweep of the Pac-12 individual honors, with the Cardinal collecting the Player of the Year (Kendall Kipp), Setter of the Year (Kami Miner), Libero of the Year (Elena Oglivie), and Coach of the Year (Kevin Hambly) honors. The other individual award went to Oregon’s Mimi Colyer, who was named the Freshman of the Year.

CU (20-10, 12-8) returns to the NCAA Tournament with a first-round date against fifth-seeded Rice on Thursday afternoon at Baylor University (3:30 p.m. MT, ESPN+). The winner will play the winner between Baylor and Stephen F. Austin on Friday.

Pac-12 Conference women’s volleyball All-Conference first team

Caitie Baird, OH, Stanford***
Mimi Colyer, OH, Oregon
Anna Dodson, MB, UCLA**
Skylar Fields, OH, USC
Marin Grote, MB, Washington**
Meegan Hart, MB, Colorado
Claire Hoffman, OH, Washington***
Magda Jehlárová, MB, Washington State****
Kendall Kipp, OPP, Stanford**
Brooke Nuneviller, OH/L, Oregon***
Kami Miner, S, Stanford
Elena Oglivie, L, Stanford
Ella May Powell, S, Washington****
Hannah Pukis, S, Oregon***
Madelyn Robinson, OH, Utah**
Elia Rubin, OH, Stanford
Pia Timmer, OH, Washington State***
Mia Tuaniga, S, USC
** two-time selection; *** three-time selection; **** four-time selection

Honorable mention: Emoni Bush, Washington; Lexi Hadrych, Colorado; Kamaile Hiapo, Arizona; Jaelyn Hodge, Arizona; Iman Isanovic, Arizona State; Laura Jansen, Washington State; Marta Levinska, Arizona State; Charitie Luper, UCLA; Sofia Maldonado Diaz, Arizona; Elan McCall, UCLA; Gloria Mutiri, Oregon; Georgia Murphy, Oregon; Iman Ndiaye, UCLA; Katy Ryan, Washington State; Izzi Szulczewski, Oregon State; Gala Trubint, USC; Emilia Weske, USC; McKenna Vicini, Stanford.

2022 PAC-12 ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM

KJ Burgess, OH, Utah
Mimi Colyer, OH, Oregon
Grayce Olson, OH/OPP, UCLA
Elia Rubin, OH, Stanford
Kinley Swan, MB, Oregon State
Gala Trubint, L, USC
Jordan Wilson, OH, USC