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Utah Valley senior setter Sierra Starley was named the WAC Volleyball Player of the Week on Monday after averaging 12.43 assists, 2.71 digs, 0.86 kills on .545 hitting and 0.29 blocks in two UVU wins last week.

Utah Valley University senior setter Sierra Starley was named the Western Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Week for the week of Nov. 6-12. This is her first-ever WAC Player of the Week honor of the season and the second of her career.

The Twin Falls, Idaho native led the Wolverines to a pair of victories last week to help Utah Valley secure the No. 3 seed for the WAC Tournament. A senior captain, Starley averaged 12.43 assists, 2.71 digs, 0.86 kills on .545 hitting and 0.29 blocks. She opened the week with a double-double of 37 assists and 12 digs in a sweep of Kansas City. Starley followed that up with 50 assists, seven digs and four kills in a 3-1 win over Chicago State in UVU's regular-season finale. She set her club to a .273 hitting percentage for the week. Starley ranks second in the WAC in assists on the season with 1,024 and a 9.94 assists per set average.

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Other nominees included: Megan Hart of NM State who averaged 2.75 kills on .500 hitting, 1.12 blocks, 1.00 digs and 0.38 service aces per set as the Aggies went 2-0 on the week; Seattle U's Katarina Marinkovic who averaged 4.71 kills, 1.57 digs and 0.57 blocks per set as the Redhawks went 2-0 on the week; and Ragni Steen Knudsen of UT Rio Grande Valley who averaged 3.62 kills and 2.38 digs per set as the Vaqueros went 1-1 on the week.

Starley and the third-seeded Wolverines open WAC Tournament play on Thursday, Nov. 16, against No. 6 UMKC in Edinburg, Texas. The contest begins at 6 p.m. MT, and will air live on the WAC Digital Network. The winner of that match will advance to play No. 2 UT Rio Grande Valley in the semifinals on Friday, Nov. 17, at 6 p.m.

James Warnick is an assistant sports information director at Utah Valley University. For more information about Wolverine athletics, visit GoUVU.com.