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November 21, 2009

Volleyball’s Dallmann Adds to Triple-Double Total, Lumberjacks Defeated by Northern Colorado in Season Finale

GREELEY, Colo. – Kelli Dallmann recorded her third triple-double of the season during Northern Arizona volleyball’s 3-1 loss to Northern Colorado on Saturday at the Butler-Hancock Center in the Lumberjacks’ season finale. The Lumberjacks fell by scores of 25-22, 25-19, 20-25 and 25-16 finishing the year 8-17 overall and 5-11 in the Big Sky Conference.

NAU played one its more consistent matches of the fall hitting over .200 in three of the four sets on Saturday. The Lumberjacks hit .216 for the match compared to Northern Colorado’s (19-11, 12-4 BSC) .289 hitting percentage.

Dallmann, from Peoria, Ariz., completed her freshman season with another triple double, her third of the season and two more than any other player in the Big Sky Conference this  fall. The freshman outside hitter and setter posted 16 assists, 15 kills and 10 digs on Saturday placing her on a short list of NCAA Division I women’s volleyball players with multiple triple-doubles this year.

Dallmann ended the season with averages of 2.43 kills-per-set, 3.74 assists-per-set and 2.22 digs-per-set. She is one of only four players in Division I women’s volleyball to average more than two kills, three assists and two digs-per-set.

In her final collegiate match, Jana Mays-Robinson totaled a team-high 21 assists splitting time with Dallmann at the setter position for the match and most of the 2009 season. Anna Gott tallied a match-high 27 digs increasing her team-leading 4.50 digs-per-set entering the match, a number which is among the best in the conference and in the nation for freshman liberos.

The Lumberjacks will finish 2009 either tied or in sole position for seventh place in the Big Sky standings. NAU will miss the Big Sky Championships for the second consecutive year, but returns nearly its entire roster next season for a shot at being one of the four teams to advance to the conference postseason.