2012 NAU Volleyball News
May 14, 2013
Four Lumberjacks Earn NSCA All-American Awards
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) has awarded four Lumberjacks with their annual All-American Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year awards.
May 13, 2013
NAU Volleyball Coach Craig Choate Retires
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Northern Arizona University announced today that Craig Choate has retired as head coach of the NAU women’s volleyball team.
May 9, 2013
47 Student-Athletes to Participate in Spring Commencement
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Forty-seven NAU student-athletes will receive their degrees from the university this Friday and Saturday as part of the spring 2013 commencement ceremonies. In addition to the 13 student-athletes who earned their degrees at the conclusion of the fall 2012 semester, the Lumberjack athletics department produced 60 total graduates during the 2012-13 academic year.
April 11, 2013
Volleyball to Close Spring Hosting Yavapai College Friday
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The NAU volleyball team will conclude the spring portion of its season with a home scrimmage vs. Yavapai College at 6 p.m. Friday with FREE admission in Rolle Activity Center.
February 24, 2013
National Girls and Women in Sports Day Event a Success
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The first National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) event hosted by the Northern Arizona University athletics department was a hit with the Flagstaff community on Saturday, February 23. More than 50 local elementary and junior high school girls participated in the event held at the Rolle Activity Center on the NAU campus that culminated in their participation in a halftime ceremony at the women’s basketball game.
February 5, 2013
Big Sky Honors 41 NAU Student-Athletes as Fall All-Academic
OGDEN, Utah – The Northern Arizona football, volleyball, soccer and men's and women's cross country teams placed a total of 41 student-athletes on the fall 2012 Big Sky All-Academic Teams as recognized by the conference office. The 41 honorees were part of a department-strong 3.12 cumulative GPA posted by its more than 300 student-athletes during the fall semester.
November 24, 2012
Volleyball’s Gott, Kirby on All-Big Sky Championship Team
GREELEY, Colo. – Senior Anna Gott and sophomore Kalee Kirby were named to the Big Sky Volleyball Championship All-Tournament Team following the championship match on Saturday night in Greeley.
November 23, 2012
Volleyball Sweeps Montana State in Big Sky Quarterfinal
GREELEY, Colo. – Freshman Janae Vander Ploeg had a match-high 16 kills on a .405 hitting percentage while adding nine digs and NAU outhit Montana State .245-.103 to record a 3-0 (25-20, 25-19, 25-17) sweep in the first quarterfinal match at the Banner Health NCMC Big Sky Volleyball Championship.
November 23, 2012
Volleyball Outlasted by Idaho State in Big Sky Semifinal, 3-1
GREELEY, Colo. – The NAU volleyball team won the first set before Idaho State took set two and won sets three and four in extra points for a 3-1 (20-25, 25-19, 26-24, 29-27) win in the semifinal round of the Banner Health NCMC Big Sky Volleyball Championship.
November 22, 2012
Bock Named Outstanding Freshman; Four Earn All-Big Sky
GREELEY, Colo. – NAU freshman middle blocker Payton Bock was named Big Sky Outstanding Freshman and earned All-Big Sky First Team honors as four Lumberjacks were recognized on the all-conference teams.
November 21, 2012
Volleyball Headed to Big Sky Championship
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The NAU Volleyball team (23-6, 15-5 Big Sky) will make its first postseason appearance since 2007 when it opens play Friday morning at the Banner Health NCMC Big Sky Championship in Greeley, Colo.
November 17, 2012
Volleyball to Close Regular Season, Honor Seniors Saturday
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Before heading to its first Big Sky Championship since 2007 next week, the NAU volleyball team (23-5, 15-4 Big Sky) will close the regular season at 7:30 p.m. Saturday vs Northern Colorado (20-10, 13-6 Big Sky).
November 17, 2012
Volleyball Swept by Northern Colorado on Senior Night
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Colorado hit .368 for the match and had an 11-3 advantage in blocks to spoil the final home match for five NAU seniors in a 3-0 (25-19, 25-20, 25-18) win on Saturday night in Rolle Activity Center.
November 15, 2012
Flagstaff High’s Gosar among Three NAU Volleyball Signees
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Middle blocker Izzy Gosar from the Arizona state champion Flagstaff High School volleyball team is one of three student-athletes to sign national letters of intent to join the NAU volleyball program in 2013.
November 15, 2012
Volleyball Outlasts North Dakota for Five Set Win
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – NAU freshman Janae Vander Ploeg totaled five of her team-high 20 kills in the decisive fifth set as NAU rallied from down 11-7 in the fifth to pull off a 3-2 (25-23, 25-27, 25-17, 21-25, 15-13) win over North Dakota on Thursday in Rolle Activity Center.
November 14, 2012
Volleyball Home to Host North Dakota Thursday
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The NAU volleyball team (22-5, 14-4 Big Sky) will close its regular season on its home floor this week, first hosting North Dakota (15-14, 10-8 Big Sky) at 6 p.m. Thursday in Rolle Activity Center. The Lumberjacks stand in third place in the Big Sky while North Dakota is fifth and NAU’s opponent on Saturday, Northern Colorado (19-10, 12-6 Big Sky), is fourth as the three teams fight for seeding in the Big Sky Championship.
November 10, 2012
Volleyball Battles Montana State for Five Set Road Win
BOZEMAN, Mont. - After NAU took a 2-0 lead Montana State rallied to force a fifth set and withstood six match points in the fifth before the Lumberjacks were able to complete a 3-2 (25-23, 25-15, 13-25, 19-25, 19-17) win on Saturday night in Bozeman.
November 9, 2012
Volleyball Scores Easy Sweep of Montana in Missoula
MISSOULA, Mont. – NAU outhit Montana .267 to .100 and got double-doubles from sophomore Kalee Kirby and freshman Janae Vander Ploeg in an easy 3-0 (25-13, 25-14, 25-18) sweep on Friday night in snowy Missoula, Mont. The Lumberjacks swept the Grizzlies in both meeting between the teams this season and improved to 13-4 in the Big Sky and 21-5 overall, equaling the 1982 team for the second most wins in a season in program history.
November 7, 2012
Volleyball to Close Regular Season Road Slate in Montana
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – With the Big Sky Championship just two weeks away the NAU volleyball team (20-5, 12-4 Big Sky) will play its final road matches of the regular season at 7 p.m. Friday at Montana (6-19, 4-12 Big Sky) and at 7 p.m. Saturday at Montana State (14-10, 8-8 Big Sky). The Lumberjacks sit in third place in the Big Sky and can tie the program record for most road wins in a season with a pair of victories this weekend.
November 3, 2012
Volleyball Knocks Off Big Sky-Leading Portland State, 3-1
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Senior Kelli Dallmann had a match-high 13 kills and NAU outhit Portland State .231 to .104, holding the conference-leading Vikings to sub-.100 hitting percentages in three of four sets, to record a 3-1 (25-19, 19-25, 25-21, 25-16) win on Saturday night in Rolle Activity Center. NAU ended a 16-match losing streak against PSU dating back to 2004 and dropped the Vikings to 14-2 in the Big Sky while improving its conference mark to 12-4.
November 2, 2012
Volleyball to Host Big Sky-Leading Portland State Saturday
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The NAU volleyball team (19-5, 11-4 Big Sky) looks to bounce back from a five-set setback to Eastern Washington on Thursday when it hosts Big Sky-leading Portland State (18-8, 14-1 Big Sky) at 7 p.m. Saturday in Rolle Activity Center.
November 1, 2012
Volleyball Outlasted by Eastern Washington but Clinches Big Sky Berth
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Freshmen Payton Bock and Janae Vander Ploeg each recorded 20 kills but Eastern Washington got a program-record 35 kills on a .397 hitting percentage from freshman Allie Schumacher and staved off three match points in the deciding fifth set to score a 3-2 (22-25, 25-23, 25-18, 21-25, 23-21) win on Thursday night in Rolle Activity Center.
October 31, 2012
Freshmen Sparking Volleyball as Team Eyes Big Sky Berth Thursday
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Just one win away from clinching its first trip to the Big Sky Championship since 2007, the NAU volleyball team (19-4, 11-3 BSC) looks to punch its ticket to the postseason when it hosts Eastern Washington (2-23, 2-12 BSC) at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Rolle Activity Center. The Lumberjacks are 6-0 at home this season and can secure a postseason berth on Thursday as well as just their third 20-win season in program history and the first since 1991.
October 29, 2012
Volleyball Sweeps Southern Utah, Remains Unbeaten at Home
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Freshman Janae Vander Ploeg totaled 17 kills on a .395 hitting percentage and NAU hit .333 as a team in a 3-0 (25-15, 25-17, 25-22) sweep of Southern Utah on Monday night in Rolle Activity Center. The Lumberjacks are 6-0 at home this season and improved to 19-4 overall and 11-3 in the Big Sky to move within one win of clinching a berth in the Big Sky Championship.
October 28, 2012
Volleyball Opens Busy Home Week Monday vs. Southern Utah
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The NAU volleyball team (18-4, 10-3 BSC) will host three matches over a six day span this coming week starting at 7 p.m. Monday vs. Southern Utah (9-16, 5-8 BSC) in Rolle Activity Center. The three home matches represent the longest homestand of the season for the Lumberjacks, who will play five of their seven remaining regular season matches in Flagstaff.
October 27, 2012
Sacramento State Stages Dramatic Comeback, Tops Volleyball 3-2
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – After NAU took a 2-0 lead, Sacramento State rallied back to take the third and fourth sets and win the deciding fifth set 15-12 to score a 3-2 (20-25, 19-25, 25-18, 25-20, 15-12) win on Saturday in Sacramento. Several NAU players totaled career bests in the match as the Lumberjacks moved to 10-3 in the Big Sky and 18-4 overall and the Hornets improved to 5-9 in conference and 9-15 on the season.
October 26, 2012
Volleyball Back in Action Saturday at Sacramento State
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The NAU Volleyball team (18-3, 10-2 BSC) takes a seven match winning streak into a stretch of four matches in eight days, starting at Sacramento State (8-15, 4-9 BSC) at 1 p.m. Saturday. After a week off NAU plays one road match before hosting Southern Utah on Monday and two more Big Sky home matches next Thursday and Saturday looking to keep pace atop the conference standings.
October 20, 2012
Volleyball Topples Idaho State 3-1, Moves to Second in Big Sky
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – NAU recorded 17 blocks and held Idaho State, which began the night leading the Big Sky with a .252 season hitting percentage, to a .139 mark to score a 3-1 (25-23, 25-19, 23-25, 25-21) win over the on Saturday night in Rolle Activity Center. The Lumberjacks avenged their loss to the Bengals in Pocatello earlier this season and moved into a tie with ISU for second in the Big Sky at 10-2 in conference play and 18-3 overall.
October 19, 2012
Volleyball to Battle Best in Big Sky Hosting Idaho State Saturday
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Winners of six straight matches and nine of their last 10 contests, the NAU volleyball team (17-3, 9-2 BSC) looks to continue its ascent to the top of the Big Sky when it hosts league-leading Idaho State (16-4, 10-1 BSC) at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Rolle Activity Center. The Bengals, tied with Portland State for first place in the conference, handed NAU one of its two Big Sky losses to open conference play on Sept. 14 in Pocatello.
October 18, 2012
Volleyball Outlasts Weber State in Five Sets, 3-2
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – After Weber State narrowly toped NAU in sets one and three to take a 2-1 lead, the Lumberjacks held the Wildcats to negative hitting percentages in the fourth and fifth sets to rally for a 3-2 (27-29, 25-14, 21-25, 25-13, 15-4) win in a back-and-forth contest on Thursday night in Rolle Activity Center. Playing in its first five set match of the year, NAU improved to 9-2 in the Big Sky and 17-3 overall as Weber State moved to 8-14 overall and 2-9 in conference play.
October 17, 2012
Volleyball Home to Open Second Half of Big Sky Play Thursday
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Boasting an 8-2 record through the first half of Big Sky conference play and winners of five consecutive matches, Northern Arizona (16-3, 8-2 BSC) opens a stretch of five of the its next six matches at home at 7 p.m. Thursday vs Weber State (8-13, 2-8 BSC) in Rolle Activity Center. The Lumberjacks are in third place in the Big Sky and are just one win behind the conference leaders with seven of their final 10 regular season matches to be played in Flagstaff.
October 15, 2012
Kirby Named Big Sky Volleyball Player of the Week
OGDEN, Utah - After leading NAU to road wins over Northern Colorado and North Dakota with double-doubles in both matches, NAU sophomore setter Kalee Kirby has been named Big Sky Volleyball Player of the Week. The award is the first in Kirby’s career and the third in eight weeks this season for the 16-3 Lumberjacks.
October 13, 2012
Volleyball Extends Winning Streak with 3-0 Sweep of North Dakota
GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Senior Jen Wilson hit .875 with seven kills and three blocks and sophomore Kalee Kirby posted another double-double with 30 assists and 12 digs as NAU won its first ever meeting with North Dakota, 3-0 (25-21, 25-22, 25-19), on Saturday night in Grand Forks, N.D. The Lumberjacks won their fifth consecutive match with their eighth win in the last nine matches to improve to 8-2 in the Big Sky and 16-3 overall, already the program’s most wins in a season since 2001.
October 11, 2012
Volleyball Tops Defending Big Sky Champ Northern Colorado, 3-1
GREELEY, Colo. – Senior Kelli Dallmann and sophomore Kalee Kirby recorded double-doubles and NAU responded from a first set loss to claim the three ensuing sets to score a 3-1 (17-25, 25-20, 25-21, 25-17) win over two-time defending Big Sky champion Northern Colorado on Thursday night in Greeley, Colo. NAU moved into sole possession of third place in the conference at 7-2 in the Big Sky and 15-3 overall as the Bears moved to 6-3 in the Big Sky and 13-5 on the season.
October 10, 2012
Volleyball Faces Tough Road Tests at Northern Colorado, North Dakota
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Winners of six of their last seven matches, the NAU Volleyball team (14-3, 6-2 BSC) closes out the first half of Big Sky play this week at Northern Colorado (13-4, 6-2 BSC) at 6 p.m. Thursday and North Dakota (9-10, 4-4 BSC) at 5 p.m. Saturday. NAU makes its longest road trip of the season, in terms of distance, and begins the week tied with Northern Colorado, the two-time defending Big Sky champion, for third place in the conference.
October 6, 2012
Volleyball Scores Historic 3-0 Sweep of Montana
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – NAU broke the program record for fewest points allowed in a match as Montana totaled just 39 points in a 3-0 (25-8, 25-11, 25-20) Lumberjack sweep on Saturday night in Rolle Activity Center. The Lumberjacks also tied for the second best hitting percentage in a match in program history at .471 to improve to 6-2 in the Big Sky and 14-3 overall while Montana dropped to 3-14 overall and 1-7 in conference play.
October 5, 2012
Volleyball to Host Montana Saturday in Think Pink Match
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Following a dominant sweep of Montana State on Thursday and having won five of its last six matches, the NAU volleyball team (13-3, 5-2 BSC) will host Montana (3-13, 1-6 BSC) at 7:30 Saturday in Rolle Activity Center in the team’s annual Think Pink match for breast cancer awareness. Fans who wear pink to the match will receive free admission.
October 4, 2012
Volleyball Sweeps Montana State, Improves to 5-2 in Big Sky
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – After a close first set win NAU pulled away from Montana State in the second and third sets to complete a 3-0 (25-21, 25-18, 25-18) win on Thursday night in Rolle Activity Center. Senior Kelli Dallmann and freshman Janae Vander Ploeg each had 10 kills and the Lumberjacks held the Bobcats to a .084 hitting percentage to improve to 5-2 in the Big Sky and 13-3 overall while Montana State dropped to 10-5 overall and 4-3 in conference play.
October 3, 2012
Volleyball Home to Host Montana State Thursday on Fox Sports Arizona
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Having played 14 of its first 15 matches of the 2012 season away from Flagstaff, the NAU volleyball team (12-3, 4-2 BSC) plays the first of nine home dates in its final 14 matches of the regular season at 7 p.m. Thursday vs. Montana State (10-4, 4-2 BSC). Thursday's match will be the first of six televised home matches and will air live on Fox Sports Arizona, Fox College Sports Pacific, and NAU-TV.
September 28, 2012
Volleyball Outlasts Eastern Washington, 3-1, to Close Busy Week
CHENEY, Wash. – After taking a 2-0 lead NAU had to fend off a strong rally from Eastern Washington for a hard fought 3-1 (25-22, 25-18, 28-30, 28-26) win over the Eagles on Friday night in Cheney, Wash. Senior Kelli Dallmann led the Lumberjacks with 16 kills and 13 digs as NAU won its second of three road matches over the last five days and improved to 12-3 overall and 4-2 in the Big Sky while the Eagles remained winless in 2012 at 0-17 overall and 0-6 in conference play.
September 27, 2012
Gott Breaks Digs Record, Volleyball Defeated by Portland State
PORTLAND, Ore. - Senior libero Anna Gott became the all-time career digs leader in NAU volleyball history midway through the third set but Portland State narrowly topped the Lumberjacks in the first set and claimed the second and third sets for a 3-0 (25-23, 25-18, 25-16) win on Thursday in Portland. NAU was swept for the first time this season and moved to 3-2 in conference play and 11-3 overall as Portland State stayed perfect n the Big Sky at 5-0 and 9-7 overall.
September 26, 2012
Gott Nears Digs Record as Volleyball Travels to Pacific Northwest
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. –NAU senior libero Anna Gott is just 16 digs shy of the career program record as the Lumberjack volleyball team (11-2, 3-1 BSC) continues its challenging early season road schedule with two more road matches on consecutive days in different states, facing Portland State (8-7, 4-0 BSC) at 7 p.m. Thursday and Eastern Washington (0-15, 0-4 BSC) at 7 p.m. Friday.
September 24, 2012
Volleyball Back on the Road Monday at Southern Utah
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – After scoring a 3-1 win over Sacramento State in its home opener on Thursday, the NAU Volleyball team (10-2, 2-1 BSC) returns to the road to take on new Big Sky member Southern Utah (6-8, 2-1 BSC) at 6 p.m. Monday in Cedar City, Utah. The Lumberjacks have three road matches in just five days this coming week after playing their first 11 matches on the road, as the team will play 14 of its first 15 matches of the season away from Flagstaff.
September 24, 2012
Volleyball Opens Busy Week with 3-1 Win at Southern Utah
CEDAR CITY, Utah – After dropping the first set NAU outlasted Southern Utah 27-25 in the second set and took the third and fourth sets to complete a 3-1 (22-25, 27-25, 25-19, 25-13) win in the first match between the school as conference foes on Monday night in Cedar City, Utah. NAU, playing the first of three road matches in five days this week, is 3-1 in the Big Sky and 11-2 overall and dropped Southern Utah to 6-9 overall and 2-2 in conference.
September 20, 2012
Volleyball Opens Home Slate with 3-1 Win Over Sacramento State
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Playing in its first home match after 11 straight road contests to open the season, the NAU volleyball team limited Sacramento State to a .096 hitting percentage and outblocked the Hornets 16-12 to score a decisive 3-1 (25-21, 25-17, 18-25, 25-15) win in its home opener on Thursday night in Rolle Activity Center. NAU improved to 10-2 overall and 2-1 in the Big Sky as the Hornets dropped to 1-2 in conference play and 5-7 for the season.
September 19, 2012
Volleyball Set For Home Opener Thursday vs Sacramento State
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – After spending the first four weeks of the 2012 season with 11 matches away from Flagstaff, the NAU volleyball team takes a 9-2 overall record and 1-1 Big Sky mark into its home opener vs. Sacramento State (5-6, 1-1 BSC) at 7 p.m. Thursday in Rolle Activity Center. The Lumberjacks split two matches at Idaho State and Weber State to open Big Sky play last weekend and host their first of 10 Big Sky home matches in 2012 on Thursday.
September 17, 2012
Volleyball Freshman Vander Ploeg Making Immediate Impact
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – NAU volleyball freshman outside hitter Janae Vander Ploeg came to Northern Arizona as a highly recruited and accomplished high school athlete hoping to contribute on a veteran team with five seniors and a strong sophomore class. And contribute she has, starting from the first serve of the season and quickly becoming one of the most complete and talented players in the Big Sky conference.
September 15, 2012
Volleyball Sweeps Weber State for First Big Sky Win
OGDEN, Utah – NAU outhit Weber State .375 to .019 and totaled 11 blocks in a dominant 3-0 (25-18, 25-10, 25-12) whitewash of the Wildcats on Saturday afternoon in Ogden, Utah. Senior Kelli Dallmann and freshman Janae Vander Ploeg each had double-digit kills while sophomore Sydney Kemper hit .667 with six kills and seven blocks as NAU evened its Big Sky record at 1-1 with a 9-2 overall mark and Weber State dropped to 6-7 overall and 0-2 in conference.
September 14, 2012
Volleyball to Open Big Sky Play at Idaho State, Weber State
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The NAU volleyball team takes a Big Sky-best 8-1 nonconference record into the start of conference play this week, opening at 6 p.m. Friday at Idaho State (6-3) before playing at 3 p.m. Saturday at Weber State (6-5). The Lumberjacks rank among the top three in the Big Sky in hitting percentage, opponent hitting percentage, kills, assists, blocks, and digs after another superb nonconference season and look to open conference play with a pair of wins this weekend.
September 14, 2012
Volleyball Downed by Idaho State, 3-1, in Big Sky Opener
POCATELLO, Idaho – Idaho State senior Breanne Van Every hit .444 with 23 kills to lead a lethal Bengal attack to a .387 team hitting percentage and a 3-1 (25-20, 23-25, 25-21, 25-21) win over NAU in both team’s Big Sky opener on Friday night in Pocatello, Idaho. The Bengals improved to 7-3 overall while the Lumberjacks moved to 8-2 on the season.
September 12, 2012
Voice of Lumberjack Volleyball to be Enshrined in Hall of Fame
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The familiar voice at NAU volleyball matches since 1993, longtime NAU employee Dug Tryon is the 2012 recipient of the Athletics Contributor Award and has earned induction into the NAU Athletics Hall of Fame. A member of the Northern Arizona University staff from 1983 to 2012, Tryon has served as the public address announcer at more than 220 NAU volleyball matches over nearly 20 years.
September 10, 2012
Volleyball’s Kemper Named Co-Big Sky Player of the Week
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – NAU volleyball sophomore middle blocker Sydney Kemper has been named Co-Big Sky Player of the Week, sharing the award with Idaho State’s Lori Mendenhall. Kemper helped lead NAU to a 2-1 mark over the weekend at the Molten Classic Presented by Hilton Garden Inn as the Lumberjacks defeated UC Riverside and Penn and lost to Cal.
September 8, 2012
Volleyball Tops Penn 3-1, to Face Cal for Molten Classic Championship
BERKELEY, Calif. – Sophomore Kalee Kirby had a double-double with 41 assists and a career-high 26 digs and freshman Payton Bock totaled nine blocks as NAU withheld a third set rally from Penn to complete a 3-1 (25-19, 25-12, 21-25, 25-17) victory to open the second day of the Molten Classic Presented by Hilton Garden Inn. The Lumberjacks remained undefeated and will face tournament host Cal at 7 p.m. for the championship.
September 8, 2012
Volleyball Tops Penn, Falls to Cal to Close Molten Classic
BERKELEY, Calif. – After scoring a 3-1 (25-19, 25-12, 21-25, 25-17) win over Penn to advance to face Cal for the Molten Classic Presented by Hilton Garden Inn championship, NAU battled the Bears in a 3-1 (25-22, 25-21, 23-25, 25-17) loss to close nonconference play for the 2012 season. The loss to Cal snapped a 17 match nonconference winning streak dating back to last season, as NAU will enter Big Sky play with a stellar 8-1 record.
September 7, 2012
Volleyball Sweeps UC Riverside to open Molten Classic, Moves to 7-0
BERKELEY, Calif. – Sophomore Sydney Kemper hit .571 with nine kills and six blocks and senior Kelli Dallmann and freshman Janae Vander Ploeg totaled double-digit kills to lead NAU to a 3-0 (25-21, 26-24, 25-19) sweep of UC Riverside to open play at the Molten Classic Presented by Hilton Garden Inn. The Lumberjacks improved to 7-0 and extended their nonconference winning streak to 16 matches while UC Riverside moved to 3-4.
September 6, 2012
Volleyball to Face National Power Cal, Two Others at Molten Classic
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The NAU volleyball team (6-0) will look to complete another undefeated nonconference season this weekend at the Molten Classic Presented by Hilton Garden Inn in Berkeley, Calif. The Lumberjacks will face UC Riverside (3-3) at 5 p.m. Friday followed by Penn (2-1) at 1 p.m. Saturday and host Cal (2-3) at 7 p.m. NAU has won five consecutive tournaments and 15 consecutive non-conference matches dating back to last season.
September 2, 2012
Return of Big Sky TV Announced by Big Sky and America ONE Sports
OGDEN, Utah - The Big Sky Conference and America ONE Sports recently agreed to a three-year contract extension, allowing fans and alumni to enjoy free video streams of most football, volleyball and men’s and women’s basketball games held in Big Sky venues. The new contract also calls for events to be available through iOS and Android mobile devices free of charge.
September 1, 2012
Volleyball Tops Colorado 3-1, Sweeps Cornell to Win Colorado Tourney
BOULDER, Colo. - After rallying for a highly competitive 3-1 (24-26, 25-21, 25-22, 25-19) win to open play on Saturday vs host Colorado, NAU cruised to a 3-0 (25-16, 25-20, 25-17) sweep of Cornell to go 3-0 for the weekend and win the Omni Hotels Colorado Volleyball Classic. The Lumberjacks improved to 6-0 on the season and won their second nonconference tournament, extending their impressive nonconference winning streak to 15 matches dating back to last season.
August 31, 2012
Volleyball Defeats Fresno State 3-1 to open Colorado Tournament
BOULDER, Colo. – Senior Kelli Dallmann continued her torrid start to the season with a career-high 21 kills and 12 digs as NAU rallied from a first set loss to top Fresno State, 3-1 (19-25, 25-21, 25-21, 25-21), to open play at the Omni Hotels Colorado Volleyball Classic. NAU improved to 4-0 and has won 13 consecutive nonconference matches dating back to last season while Fresno State, which swept Cornell earlier in the day, dropped to 3-2.
August 29, 2012
Volleyball Takes Nonconference Streak to Colorado Tournament
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Winners of 12 consecutive nonconference matches and four consecutive tournaments dating back to last season, the NAU volleyball team (3-0) heads to its second nonconference tournament of the season this weekend at the Omni Hotels Colorado Volleyball Classic in Boulder, Colo. The Lumberjacks will open play vs. Fresno State (2-1) at 3 p.m. Friday before facing Colorado (3-0) and Cornell (0-0) at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., respectively, on Saturday.
August 27, 2012
Volleyball’s Dallmann Named Co-Big Sky Player of the Week
OGDEN, Utah – After hitting .366 and averaging 4.00 kills per set to lead NAU to a championship in the UNLV Invitational, senior outside hitter Kelli Dallmann has been named the Co-Big Sky Player of the Week. Dallmann, playing her first matches as a full time outside hitter after serving as NAU’s primary setter the last three seasons, shared the award with Northern Colorado’s Marissa Hughes.
August 25, 2012
Volleyball to Play for UNLV Invite Title after 3-1 Win Over Bakersfield
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Senior Kelli Dallmann, sophomore Sydney Kemper, and freshman Janae Vander Ploeg each had double-digit kills as NAU rallied from a first set loss to defeated CSU Bakersfield, 3-1 (26-28, 25-16, 25-22, 25-13), to open play on the second day of the UNLV Invitational. The Lumberjacks moved to 2-0 on the year and will play host UNLV tonight at 7 for the tournament championship. You can hear that match via a live on NAUAthletics.com.
August 25, 2012
Volleyball Upends Host UNLV 3-1 to win UNLV Invitational
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Senior Kelli Dallmann had a career-high 19 kills and NAU hit .357 as a team and .533 in the deciding fourth set to get past UNLV 3-1 (25-15, 27-25, 20-25, 25-15) to move to 3-0 on the season and win the UNLV Invitational. Dallmann was named the MVP of the tournament while sophomore Sydney Kemper and freshman Janae Vander Ploeg were also named to the All-Tournament team.
August 24, 2012
Volleyball Opens 2012 with 3-0 Sweep of The Citadel in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – NAU hit .369 as a team and held The Citadel to a -.036 hitting percentage in a dominant 3-0 win (25-9, 25-14, 25-18) in the opening match of the 2012 season and the UNLV Invitational Friday in Las Vegas. Senior Kelli Dallmann, playing her first match at outside hitter after serving as NAU’s primary setter during her first three collegiate seasons, hit .321 with a match-high 13 kills to lead the Lumberjacks to the easy win.
August 23, 2012
Volleyball to Open 2012 Season Friday at UNLV Invitational
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - With five seasoned seniors, three superb sophomores, a star-studded freshman class and a former top-100 sophomore transfer, the NAU Volleyball team will take the floor for the first time this weekend at the UNLV Invitational in Las Vegas. The Lumberjacks will open their 2012 campaign against the Citadel at 5 p.m. Friday before facing CSU Bakersfield at 10 a.m. Saturday and host UNLV at 7 p.m. that night in a match to be broadcast live on NAUAthletics.com.
August 20, 2012
Volleyball Team Volunteers at St. Mary’s Food Bank
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The NAU volleyball team spent the past Saturday morning constructing food boxes for those in need at the St. Mary’s Food Bank. The Lumberjack student-athletes volunteered their time to build and fill approximately 700 boxes of food for distribution throughout Flagstaff and northern Arizona.
August 17, 2012
Volleyball Blue-Gold Scrimmage Cancelled
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Due to a few minor injuries the NAU volleyball team's Blue vs. Gold scrimmage slated for Friday evening has been cancelled.
August 16, 2012
Volleyball to Host Blue-Gold Scrimmage Friday in Rolle Activity Center
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – With the start of the 2012 season just one week away, the NAU volleyball team will host an open Blue vs Gold scrimmage with free admission at 6 p.m. Friday in Rolle Activity Center. The team will be split into two squads competing against each other in preparation for its season opener next Friday at the UNLV Invitational in Las Vegas.
August 15, 2012
Fall Single Game Tickets on Sale; Season Tickets Sell at Record Numbers
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - NAU Athletics is proud to announce that all single game tickets are on sale now for Football, Soccer, and Volleyball. Season tickets for football continue to exceed last year’s numbers with soccer and volleyball not far behind. Always remember that the best way to support your NAU Lumberjacks is to purchase season tickets.
August 13, 2012
Volleyball Picked Eighth in Preseason Big Sky Coaches Poll
OGDEN, Utah – Coming off a seventh-place conference finish in 2011, the NAU volleyball team has been picked to finish eighth out of 11 teams in the newly expanded Big Sky by the conference coaches. Defending conference champion Northern Colorado was picked first and garnered nine of 11 first place votes in the preseason poll.
August 8, 2012
Volleyball Opens Practice Wednesday Ahead of Aug. 24 Opener
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – With a stacked roster headlined by five seniors, the NAU volleyball team opened practice Wednesday in preparation for its 29-match 2012 season. With eight returning letter winners and four superb newcomers, head coach Craig Choate is looking to integrate the leadership and experience of his upperclassmen with the skill of the newcomers as NAU looks to build off its 15-10 record from a season ago.
July 23, 2012
Volleyball Earns Fourth Straight AVCA Team Academic Award
LEXINGTON, Ky. – For the fourth consecutive year, the NAU volleyball team has been recognized by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) with the Team Academic Award. The Lumberjacks totaled a 3.46 cumulative GPA during the 2011-12 academic year, including a program-record 3.64 team GPA during the fall 2011 semester.
July 9, 2012
Volleyball Recruit Vander Ploeg Named Top Colorado High School Athlete
WESTMINSTER, Colo. - NAU Volleyball incoming freshman Janae Vander Ploeg has won the 2012 Fred Steinmark High School Athlete of the Year award, signifying her as the top female student multi-sport athlete in the state of Colorado. Honoring student-athletes who excel in athletics, academics, and citizenship, Vander Ploeg earned the award after starring in volleyball, women's basketball, and soccer during a distinguished high school career.
June 28, 2012
Current, Former Volleyball Players Completing Summer Internships
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Summer is not simply a time for rest and relaxation for NAU senior volleyball player Lauren Campbell and recent graduates Katie Bailey and Kobi Christensen. Each has embarked on unique summer internships within their particular fields of study and have gained valuable experience as they pursue their future goals.
June 12, 2012
Volleyball Coaches Compete at USA Volleyball National Championships
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – NAU volleyball assistant coach Megan Greene and volunteer assistant John Napier recently competed at the USA Volleyball Adult National Championships in Salt Lake City. Greene, competing in the event for the third consecutive year, earned a silver medal with her team 805/Shots in the A division while Napier placed third for the second consecutive year in the 45 age division.
May 30, 2012
NAU Athletics Summer Camps to Take Place in June and July
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Young sports enthusiasts and aspiring collegiate athletes will have the opportunity to participate in summer camps hosted by a variety of NAU coaching staffs in June and July. Five different NAU athletic programs will hold camps, beginning with women’s basketball on June 8.
May 18, 2012
Volleyball Announces 2012 Season Schedule
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Road matches at Pac-12 perennial power Cal and Colorado and a 20-match conference slate in the newly expanded Big Sky highlight the 2012 schedule for the NAU volleyball team. With three road non-conference tournaments and five of their first six Big Sky matches on the road, NAU will play 14 of its first 15 matches of the year away from Flagstaff.