Note: This is the second of four releases introducing NAU's four spring additions for the 2014 season.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona volleyball team was one of the top hitting teams in the Big Sky last season and with an eye towards the future, the Lumberjacks have added Brittni Dorsey to their wealth of hitters. Dorsey is slated to begin her NAU career as a middle blocker, but also comes in with experience on the outside.
"We're going to train her in the middle first and let her develop at that position that she's played the most," said head coach Ken Murphy. "But at some point I can see her playing any of the three front row positions for us. Brittni is a great athlete and we'll see the direction that the training takes her."
Dorsey will come to NAU in the fall via Paraclete High School in California where she was a four-year starter while also starring on the softball team for a year. The 5-foot-11 hitter from Quartz Hill, Calif. was a First Team All-Delphic League player as a senior after winning her team's Most Improved Player award as a sophomore. Her Paraclete HS team was CIF Quarterfinalists twice in her four years in 2011 and 2013. She also played for Legacy Volleyball Club and she helped her 17-under team win the Festival Championship in Phoenix last summer.
Dorsey will add to NAU's returning attacking core which includes their top-five players in terms of kills per set with Taylor Stephens and Payton Bock in the middle and Janae Vander Ploeg, Sydney Kemper and Addy Lofstedt on the outside. All but Lofstedt will be upperclassmen this fall, giving Dorsey a number of veterans to learn from.
"Starting Brittni in the middle and seeing that it's her most natural position, potentially it makes us even deeper at that position and more competitive down the road," Murphy said.