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June 13, 2012

CROXDALE AND KIRBY NAMED BIG SKY SCHOLAR-ATHLETES OF THE YEAR

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Sacramento State volleyball player Eryn Kirby and football player Jake Croxdale were selected as the school’s recipients of the Big Sky Conference Scholar-Athlete Award for 2011-12.

The scholar-athlete award is given to one male and one female student-athlete from each of the Big Sky’s nine institutions. To qualify for the award, a student-athlete must compete in a Big Sky sanctioned sport, have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.2, be a member of the graduating class and/or have completed their last year of intercollegiate athletic eligibility, have completed at least two years of intercollegiate competition at the institution, and be a letterwinner.

Kirby, who also received Sacramento State Female Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors, played each of the last four years for the Hornet volleyball squad. A two-time all-conference performer, Kirby was named to the Big Sky’s second team last season after starting in all 32 matches as an outside hitter. The Yuba City, Calif., native led the Hornets in kills per set (3.08), points per set (3.60), kills per set against conference competition (3.28) and points per set against league opposition (3.81). That included posting posted double figures in kills in 23 matches, and double-figure digs 17 times for a Hornet volleyball squad that finished third in the league standings. A four-time Big Sky all-academic selection, she finished her career with 1,132 kills and 882 digs, with the kills ranked as the 14th best mark in school history. She recently graduated Summa Cum Laude with a business degree and was named to the Dean’s Honor List during every semester of her tenure. In fact, Kirby received an A or A- grade in all but one class she attended at Sacramento State.

Croxdale’s award comes six weeks after earning the athletic department’s Hornet Award, given to one Sacramento State male and female student-athlete that best exemplifies the spirit of a Hornet with their sportsmanship, community service and those special intangibles that make them a great teammate. In addition, the four-time Big Sky all-academic selection received the football team’s Ray Clemons award which is given to the player that best exemplifies the former coach’s hard-working philosophy. The Napa, Calif., native has also earned All-America honors in strength and conditioning, and served as a team captain during his senior year. The running back, who became a special teams force, finished his career with 254 rushes for 940 yards and four touchdowns. He also caught 22 balls for 200 yards. Croxdale, who has been named to the Dean’s Honor List four times during his collegiate career, is on pace to graduate this fall with a kinesiology degree.

Both Kirby and Croxdale also served on the Sacramento State Student-Athlete Advisory Council during their careers.

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