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Barton's Triple-Double Earns Her Big Sky Offensive POTW Nod

Jensen Barton
Jensen Barton

OGDEN, Utah – Senior Jensen Barton was named the Big Sky's Offensive Player of the Week on Monday for her play last week in victories over Idaho State and Weber State. Barton, picking up her second career Player of the Week honor from the conference, notched her second triple-double of the season this past Saturday in a critical early season win over the Wildcats.

Barton's week was highlighted by her 11 kill, 29 assist, 10 dig performance against the Wildcats, who entered Saturday's match with a resurgent 11-1 overall record. She is one of 13 players in the country to record multiple triple-doubles this season and is one of only three players to record a triple-double in three sets. Furthermore, her triple-double was the first in the Rolle Activity Center since 2009 and she is the fourth Lumberjack to accomplish the feat at home in school history.

Barton led NAU to a clean sweep over the fourth-best blocking team in the country by not only distributing the offense with ideal balance, but also dumping the ball in during a career-high 11 kill effort. She finished the match with the fifth-best hitting percentage (.714) in school history for a three-set match.

Weber State's opponent hitting percentage sat at .129 to enter the match, but NAU hit .365 behind Barton's setting, which was easily the highest against the Wildcats this season. It was only the second time this season that Weber State had allowed an opponent to hit above .200. She also negated Weber State's 3.37 blocks per set to a season-low four blocks for the entire match. Barton also added an ace and four blocks in the victory.

Barton led off the week with 45 assists in a four-set win over Idaho State last Thursday, as the 'Jacks knocked off the Bengals in the first meeting between the teams since the 2015 Big Sky Championship match. The setter from Phoenix, Ariz. also tallied five kills, seven digs and three blocks to her stat line.

Overall for the week, Barton averaged 2.29 kills per set on .387 hitting along with 10.57 assists, 2.43 digs and 1.00 blocks per game. Her setting efforts led the Lumberjacks to a team hitting percentage of .295.

For the season, Barton ranks 25th nationally with a Big Sky leading .399 hitting percentage. She also ranks fifth in the conference with 10.14 assists per set and tied for fifth with 0.30 aces per set. Barton is also setting NAU to a .292 clip, which currently ranks ninth in the country.