It's the fourth conference honor for Kirby and first for Beach and Shanahan
UW will face Spartans on Saturday
Wyoming will host home finale on Wednesday
UW on a five-match winning streak
Cowgirls have won four straight matches
Cowgirl vs. Oregon State and DePaul
Junior (2013): An All-Mountain West selection for the third time in her career...started in all 34 matches and appeared in 127 sets on the season...led the team and Mountain West while ranking second in the country in blocks averaging 1.77 per set...also led the team in hitting percentage at .353 (313-67-697), which was seventh overall...recorded 313 kills (2.46 kps) on the season...in MW matches, she averaged 2.42 kills, while hitting .350 (174-35-397) ranking eighth...also led the MW in blocks in league matches averaging 1.64 per set with 118 blocks...recorded a career-high 13 blocks against UC Riverside (9/20/13)...led the team in blocks in every match except three...was named the UniWyo Wyoming Invite MVP...was named MW Player of the Week for the second time in her career (9/2/13)...was also named MW Player of the Week in the final weekend of the season for the third time in her career...is the current leader in career hitting percentage for the Cowgirls at .331 and tied for second all-time in career blocks at UW with 573, which also ranks eighth all-time in MW history...set the Cowgirls' single-season record for blocks with 225, surpassing her previous single season record of 204 in 2012...earned Academic All-Mountain West honors.
Sophomore (2012): An All-Mountain West selection for the second year in a row...started all 32 matches and played 115 sets for the Cowgirls on the season...led the team and league in blocks averaging 1.77 per set...finished the 2012 season ranked third in the nation in that category...also finished first on the team and fourth in the Mountain West in hitting percentage (.323, 190-52-427)...added 1.65 kills, plus 2.56 points in overall matches...averaged 1.69 kills per set while hitting a team-high .304 (105-30-247) in league matches...finished first in MW matches with 125 total blocks averaging 2.02 per set...with ten blocks against Boise State (11/15/12), she became the single-season block leader with 204...against UNLV (11/10/12) and Fresno State (11/8/12) finished with 18 kills and no errors on 32 attacks, while also recording 14 blocks...for her efforts, she earned Co-MW Player of the Week honors (11/12/12) for the first time in her career...set a season-high with 12 total blocks against San Diego State (10/27/12)...recorded nine block assists against Fresno State (10/13/12)...had 10 total blocks (nine assisted and one solo) against Colorado State-Pueblo (10/1/12)...also hit a season-high .800 (4-0-5) in that same match which was her 50th match of her career...recorded her first solo block of the season against Pittsburgh...assisted on nine blocks against Arizona State (9/7/12) at the KU Jayhawk Classic...recorded a season-high 12 kills against Seattle (8/25/12)...at the UniWyo Cowgirl Classic, she hit .571 (10-2-14) against George Washington...she averaged 2.25 kills and recorded 16 total blocks in the first four matches of the season...earned UniWyo Cowgirl Classic All-Tournament honors...led the team in blocks 23 of 32 matches...an Academic All-MW selection.
Redshirt Freshman (2011): An All-MW Conference selection in her first season of play...started in all 32 matches in her first season of competition while playing in 120 sets...started in the first match of her career against Oregon State (8/26/11)...finished with nine kills and four total blocks in that match...averaged 1.68 kills and 2.33 points, plus a team leading 1.20 blocks...had a .305 (202-59-469) hitting percentage...in conference matches, she hit .252 (83-30-210) and averaged 1.43 kills and 1.31 blocks per set...ranked second in blocks and tenth in hitting percentage in overall matches, while in league matches she was second in blocks...finished with 11 kills, six blocks and a .476 (11-1-21) hitting percentage against Northern Colorado (10/5/11)...recorded 11 kills and a season high ten total blocks against Boise State (9/22/11)...tied her season high with 11 kills and 28 attempts against Idaho State (9/10/11)...had seven total blocks against Drake (9/3/11)...finished with a season high 11 kills and a .688 (11-0-16) hitting percentage against South Dakota (8/27/11)...recorded five blocks against Gonzaga (8/26/11) and DePaul (8/27/11)...led the team three times in kills and 17 times in blocks...earned Academic All-Mountain West honors.
Freshman (2010): Redshirted in volleyball for the season...ran both indoor and outdoor track in the spring of 2011...won the 400-meter hurdle title at the MW Outdoor Championships...also placed seventh in the 100-meter hurdles, while helping the 4x400 meter relay team to a second place finish and the 4x100 meter relay team to a fourth place finish.
High School: A two-time All-Conference and All-State selection while attending Evanston High School...earned 4A West Player of the Year and Wyoming 4A Player of the Year honors in 2009...helped her team to a 21-6 overall record and 9-1 in the 4A West Conference, while they finished second in the State 4A Championship...finished first in the conference in both kills with 396 (4.1 kps) and blocks (2.3 bps), while hitting 44%...was coached by Tera Lawler...a three-time letterwinner in volleyball, she has also earned letters in track and field and basketball...an excellent track and field athlete, she was a four-time All-Conference and All-State selection...as a senior, she finished first in four events to help her team to the 4A West Regional Championship...followed that up with four first place finishes at the 4A State Championships in the 200, 400, 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles, while helping her team to a fourth place finish...also earned "Best of the Best" honors in all of those events except the 400, which is the fastest overall time regardless of classification...during her junior year, she qualified for seven events at the 4A State Track and Field meet and placed first in three events (400, 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles) and second in an additional event...was also "Best of the Best" in three events at the State Meet...in basketball, she was named First Team Class 4A All-West Conference, while averaging 9.9 points and 3.3 rebounds per game...her team made it to state after finishing second at the 4A West Regionals...as a junior she was selected Honorable Mention All-Conference...an honor roll student, she was a member of the National Honor Society, while being involved in several scholastic and community activities.
Personal: Full name Erin Nichole Kirby...born July 3, 1992...is the daughter of Jon and Michelle Kirby...has two siblings, Lyndsey and Kevin...majoring in speech language and hearing science.