CMU’s Hess makes All-America team

Colorado Mesa University volleyball player Melissa Hess was selected to the American Volleyball Coaches Association All-America team Wednesday.

The junior middle blocker earned honorable mention recognition.

“I never expected to be an All-American,” Hess said. “I was pretty surprised. This year was definitely better than last year. I’m blessed to have the ability to play and have great coaches.”

Hess had 338 kills and 93 blocks and was third in the RMAC with a .347 hitting percentage.

The All-RMAC first-team selection had three matches with 20 or more kills, including a career-high 26 against South Dakota School of Mines.

New signees

CMU volleyball coach Dave Fleming signed three high school seniors to letters of intent this week.

Hannah Von Allman, a 5-foot-7 libero from Windsor, Natalee Todd, a 5-9 middle blocker from Bismarck, N.D., and Connie Olson, a 5-10 libero/outside hitter for two-time state champion Denver Lutheran, will join the Mavericks next fall.

Von Allman was a three-time all-conference selection and a four-year starter.

“I first saw Hannah play when she was a sophomore in high school,” Fleming said in a news release. “She was one of the shortest kids on the floor, and she was dominating the action. She is very athletic, moves very well and has a nose for the ball on defense. ... We expect Hannah to come in and compete right away at libero or defensive specialist.”

Mesa’s only senior, Sunni Rae Baird, played libero.

Todd was an all-conference selection as a senior and won the state triple jump title last school year at Bismarck High School.

“Natalee came to our camp this summer and was very impressive,” Fleming said. “She is a small middle but moves very well laterally.

“She gets off the floor very quickly. ... It is going to be tough for her to see the floor right away with Abby Ney, Melissa Hess and Hattie Gianinetti returning in the middle, but she is going to be very good before she is done at CMU.”

Olson was an all-state pick and a four-time all-conference selection. She is the only player in Denver Lutheran history to tally more than 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs in a career.

“Connie has played a lot of high-level volleyball,” Fleming said. “Connie is an outstanding passer and defender and a smart, efficient attacker. She has a good feel on how to win volleyball matches and is very competitive. Connie should compete right away at outside hitter and will be tough to keep off the floor with her passing and defensive skills.”

The Mavericks finished 21-8 and tied for third in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference this past season.

Back from bowl game

CMU football seniors Jake Edmiston and Michael Brady played in the fourth annual National Bowl Game on Sunday in Miami.

Edmiston played for the Red team and was selected the defensive MVP with his 40-yard interception return for a touchdown in the Red team’s victory.

“It was fun to play and watch him do his thing,” Brady said of Edmiston. “He definitely represented everything this school is about.”

Brady said he made a couple of tackles and punted a couple times for the Blue Team.

They played in front of nearly a dozen NFL scouts. Edmiston’s coach was a former special teams coach for the Green Bay Packers, he said.

“I didn’t try to notice them,” Edmiston said. “I was just trying to play and have fun. Once you start worrying about the scouts, you aren’t doing it for the right reason.”

The scouts didn’t visit with the two or indicate if they were considering drafting them.

The bowl game showcases All-American and all-conference seniors from around the country, representing more than 400 FCS, Division II and Division III schools, according to the National Bowl Game website.

2016 D-II Nationals in Denver

Metro State was selected the host school for the NCAA Division II Spring Sports Festival in May 2016.

The Roadrunners and the city of Denver will host the national championships for softball, women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s tennis and men’s and women’s golf.

The Division II national championship football game will be in Kansas City, Kan., from 2014 to 2017.


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