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ISU volleyball: Abby Garrity named co-Big Sky Conference MVP

November 20, 2018

Idaho State outside hitter Abby Garrity was named the Big Sky Conference’s co-MVP, announced Tuesday.

Garrity’s 460 kills this season rank 25th in Division I volleyball, and her 3.97 kills per set are second in the Big Sky and 10th in ISU single-season history.

The first-team all-conference pick also has 27 assists, 25 aces, 260 digs and 34 blocks this season. She accumulated the sixth-most attacks in school history with 1,295 on the season.

This year, Garrity reached 1,000 kills in her Bengals career in a win against Eastern Washington on Sept. 27. She also set personal, single-match highs in kills (25), attacks (66), attack percentage (.545), aces (5) and solo blocks (3). She led the team with 10 double-doubles and reached 20 kills on six occasions.

Garrity split the MVP honor with Northern Arizona’s Kaylie Jorgenson. Garrity is ISU’s first player to earn MVP accolades since Tressa Lyman in 2014.

Junior libero Haylie Keck was voted as the Big Sky’s co-libero of the year.

Keck’s 635 digs this season rank 11th in Division I volleyball. She broke her own ISU single-season record of 599 digs against Sacramento State on Nov. 10 to become the first Bengals player to reach 600 digs in a season. She now holds the three most productive digs seasons in Idaho State history and is closing in on the school’s all-time digs record.

The second-team all-Big Sky player also has 82 assists and 29 aces and ranks 22nd in Division I in digs per set with 5.38. Against Weber State, Keck tallied 38 digs, which ranks third on ISU’s single-match records. That night, she also became the third Idaho State player to reach 1,500 career digs. She has reached the 25-dig mark 10 times in 2018.

Keck shares the co-libero of the year honor with Idaho’s Alycia Wodke.

ISU middle blocker Brooke Pehrson also earned all-conference honors as a second-team selection.

Pehrson was Idaho State’s most efficient attacker this season with 264 kills on 581 attempts for a career-high .308 hitting percentage. She also added a team-high 31 service aces. However, it was her defense that separated her from the field.

Pehrson leads the Big Sky and is No. 20 in Division I with 142 total blocks this season. She was also No. 56 in D-1 volleyball in blocks per set with 1.21 while racking up a career-high 92 digs in 2018. Her 127 block assists rank fifth in the Idaho State single-season records, and she led or tied for the team lead in blocks in 20 of ISU’s 31 matches.

Pehrson set new single-match highs in attacking percentage (.500) and block assists (8). Her .308 hitting percentage was the eighth-best clip in ISU history and the highest since Makenzie Filer hit .368 in 2013. Both Pehrson and Keck were first time all-conference selections.

Northern Colorado’s Lauren Hinrichs was named the Big Sky’s top newcomer, and Northern Arizona’s Ryann Davis was tabbed the league’s freshman of the year.

Idaho State (18-13) is the No. 5 seed for the Big Sky volleyball championship tournament and plays fourth-seeded Sacramento State at 10 a.m. Thursday in Greeley, Colorado.

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