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SKALBECK NAMED THE BIG SKY’S DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

SKALBECK NAMED THE BIG SKY’S DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sacramento State senior libero Lexie Skalbeck was named the Big Sky Conference's Defensive Player of the Week today after helping lead the volleyball team to a 3-0 record and the Maverick Classic championship in Arlington, Texas.

For the first time ever, the Big Sky is honoring both an Offensive and Defensive Volleyball Player of the Week, meaning Skalbeck becomes the first player in league history to earn defensive player of the week accolades.

Skalbeck led the Hornets in digs in all three matches, combining for 60 digs and an average of 5.00 per set. For her efforts, the fourth-year senior was one of three Sacramento State players named to the all-tournament team.

On Friday, she had 19 digs and a career-best two kills in a three-set sweep of Arkansas Pine Bluff. During that win, the Hornets limited UAPB to just 28 combined points, the lowest total by a Hornet opponent during the rally scoring era (2001-pres.). Amazingly, Skalbeck averaged a robust 6.33 digs per set despite a match that was played in a crisp hour and seven minutes and saw UAPB score just four points during the entire third set (also a school record for lowest points allowed).

The Portland, Ore., native then posted three aces and 23 digs in the Hornets' 3-2 win over Sam Houston State on Saturday morning. That included Skalbeck tallying five digs and an ace during the decisive fifth set. In Sacramento State's 3-1 victory over host UT Arlington later that evening, she had 18 digs and seven assists.

Sacramento State, which is 3-0 for the first time since 2013 and for just the second time in the last nine years, returns to action later this week in Vegas. As part of a two-day, four-team tournament hosted by UNLV, the Hornets will play UNLV and Cal State Northridge on Friday, followed by a matchup with Hofstra on Saturday.