Over the last two seasons, Mel Snyder has proven to be one of the top setters in the Horizon League. A smart, savvy, consistent and athletic distributor, Snyder incorporated several new hitters into the system last season and will look to build an even better rapport with them in 2007. One of just two seniors on the roster, she will once again be looked upon as a leader both on and off the court.
Ranks fourth in career assists (2,607). Needs 713 assists to move into third place all-time and 1,470 to claim second place.
2006 - Junior Season
Named to first team All-Horizon League... selected as MVP of the UNC Asheville Classic (9/1-2) after averaging 45.7 assists and 7.0 digs per game in three Viking wins... led the league in assists per game (12.27 apg) and finished with the sixth most assists in a single-season at CSU (1,227)... dished out school-record 75 assists in a 3-2 win over Bowling Green (9/8)... tallied at least 30 assists in 27-of-28 matches, at least 40 in 16 matches, at least 50 in eight matches, and at least 60 twice... posted eight kills, nine digs and 48 assists against UIC (10/27)... amassed six double-doubles, including a 55 assist, 14 dig effort in the Horizon League semifinals against UIC (11/18)... registered a career-best 19 digs to go along with 65 assists against Wright State (11/3)... guided the team to a season-best .359 hitting percentage (45-12-92) in a three game sweep of Indiana State (9/9).
2005 - Sophomore Season
Directed the Vikings to a school-record and Horizon League-best .239 hitting percentage in her first season at setter... 1,302 assists rank second on school season charts, while 11.94 apg was second in the Horizon League... posted career-highs of 66 assists and 17 digs in league semifinals against Wright State (11/19)... added seven kills against Raiders to nearly complete first triple-double... tallied a career-best eight kills, 44 assists and 14 digs against Bowling Green (10/25)... recorded 13 kills, 126 assists and 27 digs in pair of regular season wins over Wright State (10/21 & 9/24)... notched eight double-doubles on the year, good for third on the team.
2004 - Freshman Season
Ranked sixth in the Horizon League in aces (0.37)... recorded 125 digs... tallied a career-best five aces against UIC (10/22)... posted 15 digs against Butler (10/1)... notched 22 assists versus Manhattan (9/11)... played in 26 matches, mostly as a defensive specialist... saw limited action at setter.
Led Steele High School to three consecutive undefeated league seasons... team earned district and sectional titles and a berth in the region semifinals in 2003... second team all-state selection at setter as both a senior and junior... conference MVP and Lorain County Miss Volleyball as a senior... also earned conference MVP honors as a junior... three-time all-conference, all-district and all-county selection, playing for coach Laurie Cogan... averaged 10.5 assists per game and 2.44 digs per game in 2003... academic all-district and all-county... also lettered one year in swimming.
Born Dec. 4, 1985 in Elyria, Ohio... daughter of Lynda and Mark Snyder... has a younger brother, Matt... member of CSU swimming and diving team last season... middle childhood education major.