FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Fans have eight student-athletes to choose from for their choice for NAU Student-Athlete of the Week as nominated by the NAU Media Relations office. Fans can vote via the link above. Voting for the week's nominees will be open until the next poll opens on Monday, but the winner will be selected based on the totals on Thursday morning at 10 a.m.
Last week, the men's cross country team captured its eighth podium finish in program history, finishing fourth at the NCAA Cross Country Championships in Louisville, Ky. on Saturday and wrapping up one of its best seasons ever. The men's basketball team split its two games, first falling to No. 18 UNLV, 92-54, in Las Vegas on Monday before rebounding to capture its first victory of the season, 85-82 over UC Davis in Davis, Calif. on Sunday. The women's basketball team dropped all three of their games, but two were decided by four points or less. They started the week falling 71-68 to CSU Bakersfield at home on Monday, before dropping a pair of games in Nebraska, first to No. 15 Nebraska, 77-55, on Friday and then 79-75 to Nebraska-Omaha in double-overtime on Sunday. The volleyball team concluded its regular season with a split at home, defeating North Dakota in five sets on Thursday before getting swept by Northern Colorado on Senior Night two days later. The football team fell to Cal Poly, 42-34, on Saturday at the Skydome on Senior Day, and finally the diving team competed at the weekend-long Arizona Diving Invite in Tucson.
For the week of November 19, the following eight student-athletes are your nominees for NAU Student-Athlete of the Week. To show respect to the other athletes, we kindly ask to please limit your vote to one per person to ensure fairness and integrity in the poll.
Jarret Bilbrey – Sr. – Defensive Line – San Diego, Calif.
Bilbrey finished his NAU career with a career-high 14 tackles in the Lumberjacks' season finale loss to Cal Poly on Saturday. His 14 tackles were a game-high and he also recorded a sack of 11 yards in his final game as a Lumberjack. Bilbrey finished the season tied for second on the team with 61 total tackles and led the team with seven sacks.
Kelli Dallmann – Sr. – Outside Hitter – Peoria, Ariz.
Dallmann averaged 3.12 kills and 2.62 digs per set as NAU defeated North Dakota and lost to Northern Colorado to finish third in the Big Sky in the regular season. She recorded a double-double with 13 kills and 13 digs to lead NAU to a 3-2 win over North Dakota on Thursday, posting her 10th double-double of the season. She then led the Lumberjacks with 12 kills and eight digs while adding one block against Northern Colorado. She is second on the team in both kills (3.12/set) and digs (2.63/set) this season.
Women's Cross Country:
Rochelle Kanuho – Sr. – Flagstaff, Ariz.
Kanuho rounded out her NAU cross country career Saturday among the nation's top 50 runners, after finishing 46th at the NCAA Cross Country Championships Saturday in a time of 20:20.4. It was a stellar end for the former walk-on, who vastly improved in each of her cross country campaigns with the Lumberjacks. She closed out her career as the 23rd woman in school history to place in the Top 10 at the Mountain Region Championships, and was the first NAU woman to compete at a national meet since 2009.
Gabe Rogers – Sr. – Guard – Houston, Texas
Rogers averaged 20.0 points per game in the Lumberjacks' two contests last week, including a team-high 27 points in NAU's win over UC Davis on Sunday. In that game, Rogers shot 10-of-23 from the field and 4-of-11 from three-point range, while coming up four points shy of his career-high. That followed his 13 point effort in the Lumberjacks' loss at No. 18 UNLV last Monday. For the week, Rogers drained seven three-pointers and added six rebounds, two assists and three steals.
Men's Cross Country:
Brian Shrader – Jr. – Flagstaff, Ariz.
Shrader led the NAU men's cross country team to a fourth-place team finish at the NCAA Cross Country Championships Saturday, the eighth podium appearance in NAU history. His 15th-place team finish in a time of 29:37.7 earned him All-America honors for the first time in his career.
Gwen Smithberg – Jr. – Seattle, Wash.
Smithberg placed 6th overall out of 23 divers on platform to wrap up the Arizona Diving Invite on Sunday. She scored 216.00 and was just .10 back of fifth place, finishing ahead of divers from Arizona, Cal, Stanford, Boise State, San Diego State, and others. Smithberg also was the second highest NAU finisher on 1-meter with a total of 195.15 to place 34th overall and competed on 3-meter, scoring 180.40. Smithberg has already qualified for the NCAA Zone meet on 3-meter.
Tyler Stephens-Jenkins – Sr. – Forward – Goodyear, Ariz.
Stephens-Jenkins totaled 44 points, 12 rebounds, six assists, and four steals and made 12 three-pointers in NAU's two games last week at No. 15 Nebraska and Nebraska Omaha. She tied the NAU program record with eight three pointers against Nebraska Omaha and recorded a double-double with a career-high 28 points, 11 rebounds, a career-high six assists, four steals, and a block while playing a program-record 50 minutes in the double-overtime contest. She shot 10-of-20 from the field and 8-of-16 from three-point range in the game. On Friday at No. 15 Nebraska Stephens-Jenkins returned from missing the previous game due to injury and scored a team-high 16 points with four three-point makes while adding a rebound in 36 minutes of play. For the week she shot 12-of-27 (.444) from three-point range and 15-of-35 (.429) overall.
Men's Cross Country:
Futsum Zienasellassie – Fr. – Indianapolis, Ind.
Zienasellassie was named an All-American Saturday after finishing 31st in a time of 29:54.1 at the NCAA Cross Country Championships and helping the Lumberjacks to a fourth-place team finish. The standout freshman earned the title of the nation's top freshman with the finish, and is a virtual lock to win Flotrack.org's FloFrosh Award after being the highest placing freshman in each of his five events this season.