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Janae Vander Ploeg (Volleyball)

Janae Vander Ploeg (Volleyball)

Janae Vander Ploeg had a historic final season with the NAU Volleyball team on her way to being named NAU's Female Athlete of the year. Leading the Lumberjacks to both the Big Sky regular season and tournament championship along with their second-ever NCAA Tournament appearance, Vander Ploeg became the first player in program history to be named an AVCA All-American and AVCA First Team All-Region player. She also collected both the conference's regular season and tournament Most Valuable Player awards and broke the NAU career and season kills records. Vander Ploeg finished ninth in the country in kills and sixth in points and among her numerous other accolades, she became the first player in conference history to receive three straight Big Sky Player of the Week awards and the first player in school history to be a three-time All-Big Sky First Team selection.