OGDEN, Utah – Junior libero Anna Gott and freshman middle blocker Sydney Kemper have both been named All-Big Sky Honorable Mention, the conference announced. The awards are the first in the careers of both players, who helped NAU open the season 12-0 and end the year with 15 wins, equaling the most for the program since 2001.
Gott put together another record-setting year in totaling 465 digs and 4.65 digs per set, which were both the third-highest single-season totals in program history. In three seasons, she has three of the five-highest season dig averages in school history, and with 30 digs in NAU's season-finale vs Northern Colorado, she moved into second-place all-time in career digs with 1,305. She has averaged 435 digs per season through three years and will need just 245 digs next year to become NAU's all-time digs leader. Gott was also ninth in the Big Sky with 0.26 service aces per set and was one of only three Lumberjacks to play in every set for the season.
Kemper was among the most consistent Lumberjacks during her first collegiate season, ranking fifth in the Big Sky with 1.04 blocks per set and eighth with a .256 hitting percentage, both team bests. She started 23 of 25 matches this season and played in 95 of 100 sets, recording multiple blocks in all but two matches for the year. She totaled a team season-high nine total blocks against Montana State and had eight solo blocks for the year. She also had eight matches with double digit kills and was fourth on the team with 228.5 season points.
The two NAU All-Big Sky selections equaled the most for the program since 2003.