Volleyball’s Stowers and Sullivan Earn Big Sky All-Conference and Individual Awards

Volleyball’s Stowers and Sullivan Earn Big Sky All-Conference and Individual Awards

PORTLAND, Ore. – Northern Arizona senior libero Brittany Stowers and freshman outside hitter Lexi Sullivan both earned significant postseason honors by the Big Sky Conference, as Stowers was named All-Big Sky First Team as well as Libero of the Year, and Sullivan was named Big Sky Freshman of the Year as well as All-Big Sky Honorable Mention.

Stowers, who has now completed her eligibility at NAU, was honored by the Big Sky all three seasons that she played for the Lumberjacks. Her first team honor marks the first time that a libero has been named to the first team in the Big Sky. She earned honorable mention honors as a junior, and was the Big Sky Newcomer of the Year as a sophomore transfer.

With 6.32 digs per set, Stowers finished her season ranked second in NCAA Division I. She easily led the conference in that category. Stowers completed her NAU career with 1,294 digs to rank second all-time, despite not playing her freshman season with the Lumberjacks. Added to her total digs at UTEP, Stowers tallied 1,953 digs in her career. Her total of 581 digs this season is the most all-time in a single season at NAU, breaking her own record of 484 from 2007.

Sullivan averaged 4.13 kills per set for the season which ranks 26th in the nation. She is the only freshman to even rank in the top 50 in Division I, and also led the Big Sky. Sullivan recorded 10 or more kills in all but one of NAU's 26 matches this season, and recorded a season-high 31 against Weber State on Nov. 13.

The volleyball team finished the season with an overall record of 15-10, its best record since 2001. To see the complete all-conference release, visit www.bigskyconf.com.