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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.

"It is such a fun opportunity for adults to be able to play competitive volleyball and it gives you motivation year round to stay in shape," said Greene. "Being able to play in this tournament is a lot of fun and something I look forward to every year."

Among Greene's teammates is Ruth (Parsons) McGolpin, one of three Lumberjack volleyball players enshrined in the NAU Athletics Hall of Fame. A setter for the Lumberjacks from 1987-91, McGolpin was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2000 after retiring as NAU's all-time leader in assists, digs, and double-doubles. Her involvement with the USA Volleyball Adult National Championships brought Greene into the program three year ago.

"Ruth is one of the best setters I've ever hit off of and is definitely one of the biggest competitors I've ever played with." added Greene. "Ruth's daughter calls it her volleyball vacation, which I think puts it perfectly."

Greene, who is entering her eighth year as an assistant coach at NAU after a standout Lumberjack career, was named to the All-Tournament team at the event last year while McGolpin earned her second consecutive all-tournament selection this year. The other members of their team include Stacey Schmidt and Susan Crowshaw, who both played collegiately at UC Santa Barbara, as well as former collegiate players from Tennessee-Martin, Sonoma State, and Pomona Pitzer college. The team has one fourth-place finish and two second-place finishes in the three years that Greene has played, competing against a field as large as 62 teams during their first competition.

Having served as both an assistant coach and volunteer assistant with the NAU program since 2004, Napier played in the 45 age division with his team Papakoa and has placed third in each of the last-two years. There are several divisions included in the program, starting with the Pro/Open level and moving to age levels in five year increments from age 40 to 75.

In addition to Greene, Napier, and McGolpin, a fourth player with NAU ties, former Lumberjack Colleen Flooker, also competed in the tournament for the first time this year. A middle blocker at NAU from 2004-07, Flooker won the championship in the B division as her Bird City Ballers team placed first among the 29 teams competing at that level. She was also named to the All-Tournament team.

The USA Volleyball Adult National Championships take place over four to five days every year during Memorial Day weekend, moving to a different city each year. Next year's championship will be held in Louisville, Ky. and the 2014 championship will be in Phoenix, which was also the host city for Greene's first championship in 2010. Teams come from all over the country and from all age groups to participate in the yearly event, aptly coined by Ruth McGolpin's daughter as a "volleyball vacation".