FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern
Arizona volleyball announced Niki Small has signed a National
Letter of Intent and will play for the 2010 NAU Lumberjacks next
fall. Small, from Ashland, Ore., is a 6-1 middle blocker averaging
4.2 kills-per-set with a .570 kill percentage as a senior at
Ashland High School.
“We are expecting her to be an important part of our offense next year,” said head coach Craig Choate. “That is what she does really well. How that translates to the college game we won’t know until she shows up but she has the potential to be very good.”
Small is the reigning player of the year for the Southern Sky Conference and has been named Southern Sky first team the last two seasons. She has been named Amateur Athlete of the Week for Southern Oregon and was nominated for the Under Armor All-American team. Small’s match-highs include 19 kills, 14 service aces and seven blocks.
She is also an honor roll student and active in student programs such as the Student-Athlete Leadership Team at Ashland.
“We think she has the potential to help us immensely as a freshman,” Choate said. “She is a marvelous high school offensive player.”
This past weekend Small's helped
lead Ashland to a third-place state finish.
Small will join an already youthful NAU lineup as the Lumberjacks likely havesix underclassmen starting or battling for playing time in 2010.