GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Colorado Mesa is raking in the awards with a handful of their off-season athletes earning recognition for their accomplishments.
In volleyball, middle blocker Melissa Hess earned South Central All-Region honors. The junior tallied 93 blocks and 338 kills in 2013. She also finished as an All-RMAC First Team selection.
Senior Sunni Rae Baird earned Honorable Mention. The libero led the conference in digs with 581 digs and was second on the team in assists with 98. She earned All-RMAC Second Team honors this season. As a team, Colorado Mesa finished 21-8 overall and third in the conference.
In football, senior linebacker Jake Edmiston earned Academic All-American honors. This season alone, the Western Slope native produced 177 total tackles for a new NCAA Division II record. He also led the division in tackles per game.
As if that wasn't enough, he added 5 sacks and 2 interceptions, all while holding onto a 3.82 GPA. CMU finished the season 5-6.
In just over a month, Colorado Mesa's lacrosse team gets their season going with a couple big scrimmages against CU and CSU, and goalkeeper Brad Brandenburg has already received recognition.
The senior, who has split time with junior Zach Weaver, was named to the preseason Honorable Mention All-American list by Inside Lacrosse Magazine.
Last year Brandenburg made 137 save sand was twice named Defensive Player of the Week. The men's lacrosse team enters its 4th season in 2014.