Cowgirl Senior Erin Kirby Named Candidate for 2014 Senior CLASS Award

Sept. 9, 2014

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

Wyoming volleyball senior Erin Kirby has been selected as one of thirty NCAA® women's volleyball student-athletes as a candidate for the 2014 Senior CLASS Award® in collegiate volleyball.

To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition.

Kirby, a middle blocker from Evanston, Wyo., is a three-time All-Mountain West selection and was named to the preseason All-MW team for 2014. This season, she is averaging 2.83 kills per set with a team high 1.09 blocks. She recorded a career high 16 kills against Ball State (9/5/14). Her 598 career blocks ranks second all-time in school history and her .341 career hitting percentage is best all-time. She started and played in every match in 2013 for the Cowgirls plus 127 sets. She finished the season ranked first in the MW in overall blocking averaging 1.77 per set. In conference matches, she averaged 1.64 blocks per set, which also led the league. Her season-blocking average of 1.77 ranked second in the nation for second straight year. She was a key contributor in the Cowgirls' eighth-ranked team blocking that tallied 2.89 per set. Kirby finished the season with 225 total blocks which is the most in a single-season in Cowgirl history. She currently carries a 3.359 GPA in speech, language and hearing science.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. Of the 30 candidates, 23 have grade point averages of 3.0 or higher, including 15 with GPAs of 3.5 or higher. There are five returning American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-Americans, and 10 are members of teams ranked in the AVCA top 25 coach's preseason poll.

The 30 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2014 NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship in December.

For more information on all the candidates, visit seniorCLASSaward.com.

ABOUT THE AWARDAn acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award honors the attributes of senior student-athletes in four areas: community, classroom, character and competition. The award program is designed exclusively for college seniors who are utilizing their complete athletic eligibility, remaining committed totheir university and pursuing the many rewards a senior season can bring. Premier Sports Management manages the award.