FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The lone transfer in this year's incoming class is Brooke Donnelly who will bring some much needed depth to the Northern Arizona volleyball team's back row players. Donnelly, an incoming junior, was a dependable defender over the last two years at nearby Yavapai College and could be ready to make an immediate impact for the Lumberjacks.
Over the last two seasons at Yavapai College in Prescott, Ariz., Donnelly played in all 58 matches and started 57 of them at libero. She was the team's leader in digs both seasons and in all averaged 4.34 digs per set. The transfer originally out of Costa Mesa, Calif. ranked 28th at the NJCAA Division I level in her final season last fall averaging 4.59 digs per set and in all she recorded double-digit digs in all but six of her career matches and 20 or more digs in 16 matches. With Donnelly anchoring the back row, Yavapai earned their first NJCAA Division I National Championship tournament appearance after winning the program's first ever Region I/District C title.
Get to know Donnelly in the sixth and final 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 really excited to take my skills to the next level and to play for a great program. I've always wanted to play at a high level, so I'm happy to get the opportunity to do that at NAU."
Q: What is one thing that someone unfamiliar about volleyball would not know about the sport?
A: "Volleyball is actually a really aggressive game. People underestimate that, but it's super aggressive and you have to have a competitive nature to compete."
Q: What is your favorite aspect of playing volleyball?
A: "I love defense; I love hustling and making plays."
Q: What are your personal goals or expectations during your first year at NAU?
A: "Basically, I just want to grow as a player and keep improving. I also want to make new friends and become a part of a new volleyball family."
Q: If you could play any other position on the court, what would it be and why?
A: "I would be a setter. I used to be a setter when I was younger and I've always loved it. I like how you can be in control of the offense."
Q: What is one fun fact about yourself that most people would not know about you?
A: "I have a twin brother."