LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Wyoming freshman middle blocker Reed Copeland was officially named the Division I statistical champion for blocks per set, the NCAA announced Thursday. The Mountain West Freshman of the Year also led the NCAA in total blocks and was the only freshman to end the season within the top-30 in both categories. The cumulative statistical categories are mainly included for informational purposes, therefore student-athletes are not named as statistical champions.
The last time a freshman led the nation in blocks per set was in 2002 when Ivana Kuzmic of Arkansas-Little Rock averaged 2.16 blocks per set.
Copeland led Wyoming in blocks in 23 of the 30 matches and recorded double-figures six times during her first season wearing the Brown and Gold. She was crowned champion with an average of 1.68 blocks per set in all matches, but additionally led the MW with 1.73 blocks per set in conference play. Her 190 total blocks set a new MW record for blocks by a freshman and ranked third overall in the programs history in a single season.
Copeland’s career-high 13 total blocks against Fresno State, tied the MW record for a freshman in a single conference match. Her 121 total blocks in conference play is also a MW Freshman record. She played in 113 sets for Wyoming, started in 29 matches and was fifth on the team with 138 kills.