Adrianna Culbert, College Female Athlete of the Year
Adrianna Culbert brought a unique volleyball skill set to Colorado State — the ability to affect matches for the Rams in every area. A standout in her first three seasons for Tom Hilbert’s program, he expanded her duties for a memorable final campaign for the senior from Delton, Mich.
Her ability to do it all on the court — and do it extremely well — led to her unanimous selection as Mountain West player of the year. It also allowed Hilbert the flexibility to alter his lineup for maximum effect, leading to a 26-4 campaign, another top-20 ranking and a trip to the NCAA Tournament.
“She did so many different things, she allowed us the freedom... to use people in the roles they were going to be good at,” Hilbert said. “If you look at how many times she touches a ball, it’s stunning.”
Culbert added half of the setting duties to her role as one of the featured hitters and ball-handlers. She produced eight triple doubles on the season, breaking the school and conference season record of four. Culbert posted a rare quadruple-double, just the second in NCAA Division I play since 25-point rally scoring was adopted in 2008. She was on fire against San Jose State, closing with 10 kills, 20 assists, 13 digs and 11 blocks — in four sets. Her season numbers of 2.71 kills per set came with a .318 hitting percentage, adding 5.83, 2.58 digs and .84 blocks per set. She was named a third-team All-American.