FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Fans have three student-athletes to choose from for their choice for NAU Student-Athlete of the Week as nominated by the NAU Media Relations office. Fans can vote via the link above. Voting for the week's nominees will be open until the next poll opens on Monday, but the winner will be selected based on the totals on Thursday morning at 10 a.m.
Last week, the volleyball team made its first postseason appearance since 2007 when it traveled to Greeley, Colo. for the Big Sky Championship tournament. Entering as the No. 3 seed, the Lumberjacks swept through Montana State in three sets into the semifinals, where their season would ultimately come to an end with a four-set loss to second-seeded Idaho State on Friday. The men's basketball team was back in Las Vegas for the two-day Global Sports Classic and came away with a split, never trailing in its 70-62 win over Campbell on Saturday, following a narrow 50-48 loss to Jacksonville State on Friday. Finally, the women's basketball team hosted its annual Thanksgiving Tournament at the Rolle Activity Center, but unfortunately dropped both of its games, first to Western Michigan 78-67 on Friday and then 95-83 to Bradley on Saturday.
For the week of November 26, the following three student-athletes are your nominees for NAU Student-Athlete of the Week. To show respect to the other athletes, we kindly ask to please limit your vote to one per person to ensure fairness and integrity in the poll.
Kalee Kirby – So. – Setter – South Weber, Utah
Kirby was superb in NAU's two Big Sky Championship matches including a double-double against Idaho State. She totaled 84 assists (12.00 assists per set) and 21 digs (3.00 digs per set) while adding three blocks, a service ace, and five kills on a .455 hitting percentage. Against the Bengals, Kirby totaled 51 assists, 13 digs, three kills, and two blocks to notch her team-leading 13th double-double of the season. That performance came after she had 33 assists, eight digs, two kills, a block and a service ace to lead NAU past Montana State in the quarterfinals for the Lumberjacks first postseason win since 1999. Kirby was second in the Big Sky this season with 11.21 assists per set while adding 2.44 blocks per set.
Amy Patton – Sr. – Guard – Tempe, Ariz.
Patton tied the Big Sky record with 41 points and broke the NAU record with 10 steals on Saturday against Bradley. She shot 14-of-29 from the field, 5-of-8 from three-point range, and 8-of-9 from the free-throw line for the second 40-point game in program history while becoming the first player in program history to record double-digit steals in a game. She also added seven rebounds and two assists while playing all 40 minutes against Bradley.
That performance came after Patton led the team with 20 points while adding seven rebounds, three assists, and a steal to lead NAU against Western Michigan on Friday. For the week Patton shot 47% from both the field and from beyond the three-point arc while making 10-of-11 free throws and totaling 14 rebounds, 11 steals, and five assists. She averaged 30.5 point per game for the week and leads the Big Sky with 25.0 points per game this season.
Gabe Rogers – Sr. – Guard – Houston, Texas
Rogers averaged 17.5 points per game last week as the Lumberjacks split their two games in Las Vegas as part of the Global Sports Classic. He began the week with his second consecutive 20-point game, dropping a game-high 22 points in NAU's two-point loss to Jacksonville State on Friday. Rogers followed that up with 13 points, tied for the team-lead with three of his teammates, as part of a balanced offensive effort in the Lumberjacks' wire-to-wire victory over Campbell the following day. Rogers made a combined five three-pointers between the two games and has made at least two triples in each game thus far this season. He leads the Big Sky with 2.8 three-point field goals made per game as well as scoring with 16.6 points per game.