Note: This is the first of four releases introducing NAU's four spring additions for the 2014 season.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona volleyball team landed an experienced Division-I transfer to bolster their defensive back row in Stacia Williams, a three-year member of Cal Poly's volleyball team. Williams will be a redshirt junior in the fall after receiving a medical redshirt in 2013.
"The first thing is that Stacia gives us immediate competition at that spot," said head coach Ken Murphy. "She's a really good, experienced player and she's played for some high level coaches. I think coming in she'll fit in our systems quickly and vie for a spot."
Williams, a 5-6 libero from La Habra Heights, Calif., played in 36 matches with four starts over the last three seasons at Cal Poly. Although Williams was limited to just one set this past fall, she was a steady contributor to the Mustangs averaging 1.43 digs per set over the course of her first two years. She compiled a total of 127 digs while totaling nine service aces, eight assists and three kills during her career at Cal Poly. Williams recorded three matches with double-digit digs including a career-best 15 versus Tulsa as a true freshman. She also competed this spring with Cal Poly's inaugural sand volleyball team playing at the No. 4 and 5 spots.
Prior to Cal Poly, Williams had a stellar career at Troy High School, helping her team to the CIF Division II State Finals and to a CIF State Southern Regional Championship. She starred in volleyball and track & field at Troy HS and also played for Goldenwest Volleyball Club, winning the gold medal at the National Junior Olympics in 2009.
"This will be an easy transition for her," Murphy said. "One of the big things she brings is maturity to our team. She is someone who understands how to play at a high level, but has the work ethic in place to continue to get better. She understands what it takes to be successful."