FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – A pair of standouts from Chandler's Hamilton High School and a versatile player from Southern California comprise the Northern Arizona volleyball team's incoming 2017 class. Saylor Frew (Corona, Calif.), Heaven Harris (Phoenix, Ariz.) and Kimber Kemp (Chandler, Ariz.) all made their commitments official during the fall signing period and will join the Lumberjacks as freshmen next fall.
"It's a smaller class, but it's really high quality," said head coach Ken Murphy. "Athletically, they will help us get better, but their character stands out. They are hard-working, dedicated players who think about the team first. We're looking forward to the added toughness they'll bring and seeing them compete right away for us."
Frew averaged a team-high 3.3 kills and 3.2 digs per set during her senior season at Norco High School. She garnered All-League recognition in each of her four seasons, including three years on the First Team, and in all totaled 708 kills, 687 digs, 143 aces and 57 blocks over her prep career. The 5-10 outside hitter projects to be a defensive specialist once she joins the Lumberjacks, but showcased an all-around game in her final season totaling 282 kills and 275 digs.
Harris was recently named to the 2016 All-Arizona team as the state's top opposite hitter following a season in which she helped Hamilton High School win 35 matches. The 6-0 hitter averaged 2.3 kills per set on a .347 hitting percentage in addition to 108 blocks – 35 of which were of the solo variety. She also earned First Team All-6A Conference honors for her efforts on the volleyball court. Last spring, she also qualified for the Arizona state championships in the high jump during her first season on the Hamilton track & field team.
Like Harris, Kemp will also make the transition from Hamilton High to Northern Arizona University. Kemp took full advantage of her senior season, totaling 306 digs at an average of 2.5 per set – which ranked second on Hamilton's 2016 state semifinalist squad. The 5-7 defensive specialist was Hamilton's libero during her final prep season and also recorded 20 service aces. Her name will be familiar to NAU fans as her brother, Blake, was the Lumberjacks' starting quarterback for seven games this fall.
The three new Lumberjacks will join an NAU squad who finished 24-8 this season and wound up as the Big Sky tournament runner-up.