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Volleyball's Dallmann Earns All-Conference Honor

OGDEN, Utah – Northern Arizona volleyball player Kelli Dallmann was named to the All-Big Sky Conference second team, the league announced.  Dallmann finished second in the conference with 10.00 assists per set.

Dallmann, a sophomore setter from Peoria, Ariz., started all 26 matches for the Lumberjacks this fall. 

In addition to finishing second in assists per set, Dallmann was one of seven players with 11 or more double-doubles this season.  She also totaled the third highest assist total in the league this season with 61 against Eastern Washington on Nov. 13.

Dallmann and the Lumberjacks placed seventh in the Big Sky this year with a 6-10 record in conference play.  The team finished 10-16 overall but 7-4 at home at the Rolle Activity Center.

The teams were selected by the league coaches, who were not allowed to vote for their own student-athletes.

Portland State's Whitney Phillips and Northern Colorado's Kelley Arnold were unanimous selections to the first team.

Montana senior middle blocker Jamie Thibeault was named to the team for the third straight season. Eastern Washington's Chenoa Coviare was also a repeat selection.

Phillips led the conference in kills per set (.4.90), points per set (5.50) and service aces per set (.37). Phillips ended the regular season ranked No. 5 in NCAA rankings in kills per set and at No. 6 in points per set. Phillips earned Big Sky Player of the Week honors twice this season, and has tallied 17 double-doubles.

Portland State claimed the Outstanding Freshman award with setter Garyn Schlatter. Schlatter, from Canby, Ore., notched the league's only triple-double of the season. She ranked fourth overall in assists with 9.51 per game. Schlatter also earned first team honors.

Northern Colorado's Amanda Arterburn was voted as the league's Libero of the Year after finishing the regular season ranked No. 1 in the league digs. The junior from Aurora, Colo., averaged 5.17 digs per set. She surpassed 1,000 career digs this season, finishing with 1,094 and tallied 10 or more digs in her last 13 matches.

Montana State's middle blocker Alex Penewell, a transfer from Colorado, earned the Top Newcomer honor. The Newport Beach, Calif., native tallied a team-high 77 total blocks. In addition, Penewell notched 153 kills this season on a .212 attack percentage.

Northern Colorado middle blocker Ashley Lichtenberg rounded out the first team.

DID YOU KNOW…Based on AHRRC information NAU athletics has a significant impact on the Flagstaff economy. Lumberjack student athletes add $8.7 million to the Northern Arizona economy and visiting teams contributed $650,000 to the hotel and restaurant economy of Flagstaff.

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