FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Only one player can receive the prestigious Gatorade Player of the Year honor every year. For the state of New Mexico, that recipient was Abby Stomp and that distinction was just one of many for Northern Arizona volleyball's incoming setter from La Cueva High School during her four-year career.
Stomp was honored as New Mexico's Gatorade Player of the Year after averaging 10.1 assists, 2.8 digs, 2.1 blocks and 1.4 kills per set in her final season in which she was also named a PrepVolleyball.com All-American, All-Metro 6A Player of the Year and All-State First Team. Stomp, a 5-9 setter, also led her team to the school's first ever 6A State Championship during an undefeated season. The Albuquerque, N.M. product has also received national recognition by being named on the AVCA Under Armour Watch and Phenom lists.
Get to know Stomp in the fifth weekly installment of NAU Volleyball's Summer Spotlight where nauathletics.com will introduce you to each of the incoming Lumberjacks for the 2016 season.
Q: What are you most excited about becoming a Lumberjack?
A: "I'm excited for the opportunity to play Division I volleyball. It's been my dream since I was little, so I'm most excited to experience it with a team and group of girls I can't wait to meet. I'm excited to live in the dorms; the whole college experience."
Q: What is one thing that someone unfamiliar about volleyball would not know about the sport?
A: "The teamwork that has to go into the game. Volleyball is so team-oriented and what you do off the court is so important too. You have to want to win not only for yourself, but for all the girls you're playing with as well."
Q: What is your favorite aspect of playing volleyball?
A: "I've always been a super competitive person and I've loved sports since I was little. I love that volleyball is so competitive and you can experience that with your team both on and off the court."
Q: What are your personal goals or expectations during your first year at NAU?
A: "I hope that I can contribute to the team in any way possible in a positive way. No matter what, I want to have a positive attitude and cheer my team on."
Q: If you could play any other position on the court, what would it be and why?
A: "That's a hard one, but it would probably be middle. Setting the middle has always been my favorite thing and I've always wanted to experience that."
Q: What is one fun fact about yourself that most people would not know about you?
A: "I have a dog and I've had her since I was five."