The Collegiate Volleyball Update (CVU.com) is pleased to announce that Northern Colorado's Kelley Arnold has been selected as the CVU.com National Player of the Week for Nov. 21 through Nov. 27.
A 6-2 junior from Berthoud, Colo., Arnold started the weekend by earning Big Sky Conference MVP honors on Thursday, then lived up to that billing by leading the Bears to the Big Sky Tournament Championship and an NCAA Tournament bid.
In UNC's first match, the Bears cruised by Eastern Washington as Arnold blistered 16 kills on .412 hitting, making it a double-double with 11 digs and also adding a block and an ace.
Then, in the tournament title tilt, Northern Colorado had no problem with host Portland State, steamrolling its way into the NCAA Tournament. In that match, Arnold again led the way offensively, knocking down 14 more kills on .458 hitting and picking up eight digs and three blocks.
For the weekend, the junior outside averaged 5.0 kills and 3.17 digs per set while hitting a stellar .431. She was named to the all-tournament team for her efforts.
Arnold is the first Northern Colorado player to earn the CVU.com weekly honor and only the second player from the Big Sky.
In addition to the Player of the Week, CVU.com will be announcing selections for the Top Performers from the past week. These selections will include the Player of the Week and up to 10 others. Choices will consist of players who were finalists for the weekly honor and others who had exceptional individual matches. The additional selections will be based on nominations and CVU.com staff criteria.
Editor's Note: This is the fourteenth in a series of Player-of-the-Week selections that will be made through the remainder of the season and announced on Tuesday or Wednesday of each week.
College and conference SIDs are welcome to make Player-of-the-Week nominations. Nominations are due every Monday by 1 p.m. Pacific time.