Photos (L-R): Trianna Henry, Payton Bock, Janae Vander Ploeg
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The NAU volleyball team has received national letters of intent from three recruits to join the program for the 2012 season, head coach Craig Choate announced. Payton Bock (Tempe, Ariz./Hamilton HS), Trianna Henry (Phoenix, Ariz./Sunnyslope HS), and Janae Vander Ploeg (Colorado Springs, Colo./Cheyenne Mountain HS) have committed to Northern Arizona to help replace the loss of three seniors following this season.
"The potential for our three recruits is off the charts," said Choate. "We bring in two players that are four-time state champions and were state playoff MVP's (Henry and Vander Ploeg) and one (Bock) who has tremendous upside as a hitter from the middle blocker position and is up for Player of the Year in the state of Arizona. This is as good a class as we've had here."
Henry and Vander Ploeg come to NAU as outside hitters, while Bock is a 6' 3" middle blocker. Henry was a four -year starter and two-year team captain at Sunnyslope, leading her team to four consecutive Arizona state titles and only one loss in league play in four years. She has averaged 3.3 kills per set and 3.8 digs per set along with 42 aces and 36 blocks during her senior season.
Vander Ploeg was a member of the four-time Colorado state champions from Cheyenne Mountain HS, which were the first-four state titles in school history. She was named state championship MVP in both her junior and senior seasons and was named the Denver Post 4A Player of the Year to go with two conference player of the year awards. She averaged 3.8 kills per set and 2.7 digs per set her senior year and also lettered four years in basketball and soccer.
Bock joins the Lumberjacks as a middle blocker, having amassed 30 solo blocks and 60 total blocks as a senior to go with 2.6 kills per set and a .341 hitting percentage. Her Hamilton high team went 33-9 this season and finished the year ranked third in the state of Arizona, according to Max Preps. The team went 101-27 during her four-year career, while Bock was named one of five players on ESPN's potential Gatorade Player of the Year listings for the state of Arizona and received All-Tournament honors at the Nike Tournament of Champions.