OGDEN, Utah – After leading NAU to road wins over Northern Colorado and North Dakota with double-doubles in both matches, NAU sophomore setter Kalee Kirby has been named Big Sky Volleyball Player of the Week. The award is the first in Kirby's career and the third in eight weeks this season for the 16-3 Lumberjacks.
Kirby averaged 11.29 assists and 3.14 digs per set while adding five blocks, four kills, and two service aces for the week as NAU extended its winning streak to five consecutive matches and ended the first half of Big Sky play with an 8-2 conference mark. On Thursday at defending Big Sky champion Northern Colorado, Kirby totaled 49 assists, 10 digs, three kills and three blocks to lead NAU to its first win over Northern Colorado since 2008. At North Dakota on Saturday Kirby posted 30 assists and 12 digs along with two blocks, a kill, and an ace for NAU's seventh sweep of the season.
For the year Kirby is second in the Big Sky with 11.15 assists to go along with 2.51 digs and 0.51 blocks per set. She has totaled 30 or more assists in all but one match this season with 11 40-assist matches and two 50-assist matches with a career high 51 assists at Colorado. A native of South Weber, Utah, Kirby also leads the team with nine double-doubles this year and ranks fourth in the Big Sky in that category while also adding 29 kills from the setter position.
The Lumberjacks are home for five of their next six matches and will host Weber State at 7 p.m. Thursday in Rolle Activity Center.