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October 2, 2009

Volleyball Hosts Northern Colorado on Saturday Night

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona volleyball will play just one match for the second consecutive week hosting Northern Colorado on Saturday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. at the Rolle Activity Center. The Lumberjacks are 4-8 overall and 1-2 in the Big Sky Conference after a 3-1 loss at Sacramento State last Thursday.

Northern Colorado is situated in second-place in the Big Sky Conference standings with a 3-0 league record and 9-6 mark overall.

The Bears have defeated Weber State (3-0), Idaho State (3-1), and Sacramento State (3-0), all Lumberjack opponents through three conference matches. NAU beat Weber State (3-1), but lost to Idaho State (3-1) and Sacramento State (3-1).

Last Thursday, NAU pushed Sacramento State to four sets after taking the first set for the second time in three conference matches. The Lumberjacks also held a 21-16 lead in the fourth set, but Sacramento State rallied in the late stages to preserve the win.

Live Stats and Webcast
For Saturday’s match, live stats will be available through nauathletics.com. Click the following link to enter the Lumberjacks’ volleyball section for live stats. A free webcast will be available through Big Sky TV at www.bigskytv.org. Click the previous link and follow instructions to register.

Another Freshman Emerges
Freshman outside hitter Jen Wilson had a career night with 14 kills and a .464 hitting percentage. Wilson, from Anaheim, Calif., has appeared in eight matches this fall and now leads the team in hitting percentage (.236).

Gott Digs Top Libero
Freshman libero Anna Gott was recognized as the Fiesta Bowl Tournament’s best libero with 45 digs over the weekend, an average of 15 per match. Gott, a native of Mesa, Ariz., recorded 23 digs against Wyoming, the highest dig total of any player at the Fiesta Bowl Tournament.

Top 10’s
NAU has at least one player in the top 10 in six of the seven statistical categories within the Big Sky Conference on the season. Freshman Lauren Campbell ranks eighth in kills (3.02 kpg) and ninth in points (3.38 ppg). Freshman Anna Gott is first in digs (4.80 dpg) and fifth in service aces (0.35 sapg). Senior Jana Mays-Robinson sits sixth in assists (9.17 apg) and sophomore Katie Bailey ranks tenth in blocks (0.82 bpg).

Triple-Double Dallman
Freshman Kelli Dallman recorded her first-career triple-double and the first for any Lumberjack player this fall. Dallman, from Peoria, Ariz., collected 17 assists, 14 kills, and 14 digs in a 3-1 loss to Idaho State in the conference opener. Dallman is second on the team in kills (3.05 kpg) and assists (2.12 apg) and third in digs (2.02 dpg).

Freshmen Five
Anna Gott, Kelli Dallman, and Lauren Campbell are the only Lumberjacks to start all 12 matches and appear in all 46 sets. Gott, Dallman, and Campbell are three of NAU’s true five freshmen who have seen significant playing time this fall.  Ashley Ames is a redshirt freshman and tied for first on the team with 0.82 blocks per set.

The Young Get Younger
The Northern Arizona volleyball roster consists of 11 freshmen and sophomores. Junior Chelsea Cheeley and senior Jana Mays-Robinson are the only upperclassmen on the 2009 roster.  All six freshmen (five true and one redshirt) have played and started this year while three sophomores have played extensively.

Series History
The Lumberjacks hold a 6-5 edge over Northern Colorado since 1974. NAU split with the Bears last season, but won the final meeting 3-2 in Greeley, Colo., on Nov. 21.

Media/Practice Information
The Lumberjacks will practice Monday and Tuesday this week from 2-4:30 p.m. in the Rolle Activity Center. Media wishing to attend practice should contact Joe Scacco at 928-523-6330 or joseph.scacco@nau.edu.

Northern Colorado (9-6 overall, 3-0 in Big Sky Conference)
The Bears are off to a hot start in conference sitting in second place with a 3-0 record. Northern Colorado swept Weber State in the conference opener at home and then beat Idaho State 3-1. In their last match, Northern Colorado defeated Sacramento State 3-0 in Sacramento, Calif. Northern Colorado is 9-7 on the year and 3-1 away from Greeley. The Bears are hitting .238 as a team and limiting opponents to a .193 percentage.

Players to Watch
Ashley Lichtenberg 6-2, OH, Jr. (2.36 kpg, .373 hit pct.)
Marissa Hughes 5-9, S, Fr. (10.36 apg, 1.60 dpg)
Kenzie Shreeve 6-2, OH, Sr. (3.22 kpg, 1.54 dpg)

History
What is the history of Northern Arizona volleyball? We're glad you asked. Going back to the old AIAW days, NAU has been a player in women's intercollegiate athletics for 34 years. In its 22 years in the NCAA, NAU has posted nine winning seasons and 15 with double digit wins. The Lumberjacks have reached the postseason 14 of the past 18 years. In 1999, NAU went to the NCAA tournament suffering a 3-0 loss to No. 5 North Carolina.