Tech’s Kaelber takes home Frontier Conference honors

Tech’s Kaelber takes home Frontier Conference honors
Montana Tech's McKenna Kaelber sets the ball for the Orediggers Thursday at the Butte Civic Center. (Bill Foley photo)

WHITEFISH — It didn’t take long for Montana Tech volleyball player McKenna Kaelber to receive some serious recognition.

The Oredigger freshman was named Frontier Conference Setter of the Week Monday.

The 5-foot-11 Kaelber helped lead the Orediggers to four wins at the annual tournament hosted at the Butte Civic Center. Montana Tech defeated two teams in the NAIA Coaches Top 25. The Orediggers upset No. 12 College of Idaho in three sets and downed (RV) Northwest University in five.

Kaelber averaged 9.64 assists in the four matches. The Pasco, Washington native had a career high 55 assists against Northwest.

Montana Tech travels to Bellevue, Nebraska this week for the GoSarpy.com Invitational.

Attacker of the Week: Kelsey Shaver, University of Providence.

Shaver is a 5-9 senior outside hitter from Scotts Valley, Calif. No. 21 Providence went 4-0 at the 2019 Big Sky Volleyball Challenge. The Argos beat (RV) Northwest University (Wash.) 3-2, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 3-0, Valley City State (N.D.) 3-0 and Evergreen (Wash.) 3-0. Shaver averaged 4.29 kills per set with a .277 hitting percentage. She also averaged 3.64 digs per set.

Also nominated, Karina Mickelson of Montana Tech, Rylee Burmester of MSU-Northern, Hannah Dean of Carroll College, Tori Edwards of Lewis-Clark State, Daniella Russell of Rocky Mountain and Jesse Weber of Montana Western.

Defender of the Week: Sacha Legros, University of Providence.

Legros is a 5-9 junior outside hitter from Verviers, Belguim. No. 21 Providence went 4-0 at the 2019 Big Sky Volleyball Challenge. The Argos beat (RV) Northwest University (Wash.) 3-2, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 3-0, Valley City State (N.D.) 3-0 and Evergreen (Wash.) 3-0. Legros averaged 5.93 digs per set including 32 against Northwest.

Also nominated: Sabrina Hopcroft of Montana Tech, Gionni Brown of Lewis-Clark State, Ayla Embry of Rocky Mountain, Kaitlin Murdock of MSU-Northern and Jesse Weber of Montana Western.



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