OGDEN, Utah – On Monday, senior Lauren Jacobsen was named the Big Sky Conference's Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season, becoming the first player to earn multiple honors this season. Jacobsen was rewarded for her efforts in helping push the Northern Arizona volleyball team to a 3-1 mark last week in Bakersfield, Calif. where she was named the Roadrunner Classic Most Valuable Player.
Jacobsen tallied 85 kills in the four matches and posted at least 19 kills in each match. In all, she averaged 4.72 kills and 2.94 digs per set along with five aces and eight blocks while hitting .318. She also recorded three double-doubles to push her conference leading total to nine in 13 overall matches this season.
After recording 19 kills to open the week in a five-set loss to CSU Bakersfield, including eight in the fourth set to force a decisive fifth game, Jacobsen led NAU to a perfect 3-0 record during the Roadrunner Classic to win the team championship. During the three tournament matches, Jacobsen averaged 5.08 kills per set on a .355 hitting percentage in victories over UC Riverside, UC Irvine and San Francisco.
The Lumberjacks were pushed to the brink to five sets in three of their four matches last week, but Jacobsen's performance helped NAU overcome the challenges. Against UC Riverside, Jacobsen had 20 kills, 18 digs and four blocks before enjoying her best match of the weekend versus UC Irvine. She torched the Anteaters, who upset No. 7 USC on the Trojans' home court during the opening weekend, for 27 kills. Five of her kills came during a key 10-1 run in the third set that helped the 'Jacks take a 2-1 lead in the match. She also hit .377 and added three aces, 14 digs and three blocks. She capped the weekend with 19 kills in the sweep of San Francisco, 10 of which came during the opening set. She hit .515 against the Dons.
The outside hitter from Chandler, Ariz. enters conference play this week second in the league and No. 18 in the country with a kill average of 4.44 kills per set. She also ranks eighth in the Big Sky in hitting percentage and ninth in service aces, while she has three of the conference's top five match kill totals this season.
The Player of the Week award was Jacobsen's third of her career.