Redshirt senior Kaylie Jorgenson, the Big Sky’s Co-Most Valuable Player, earned even higher recognition over the holiday break as she was named to VolleyballMag.com’s All-American Team last week. Jorgenson was an honorable mention selection and became just the second player in program history to receive All-America distinction.
Jorgenson joins Janae Vander Ploeg as the only two Northern Arizona volleyball players to earn All-American status. Vander Ploeg remains the first and only Lumberjack to receive All-America accolades from the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) in 2015.
Voting for the Volleyballmag.com All-American Team takes place after the national championship, with the voting panel consisting of coaches, media members and select followers of the sport.
Jorgenson finished her Northern Arizona volleyball career in the fall as the Big Sky’s Co-MVP while also earning All-Big Sky First Team and Big Sky All-Tournament honors. She was also named Big Sky Player of the Week three times (two offensive, one defensive) helping the Lumberjacks to their second Big Sky Championship season and NCAA Tournament appearance in the past four years.
The outside hitter from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, was the only player in the conference to finish the season in the top 10 in kills (3.06 per set), digs (4.15) and aces (0.33). Jorgenson led her team in kills and finished second in aces and digs. She also led the team with 28 solo blocks.
Jorgenson’s 404 kills were the 10th-best single-season total in program history, while she is just one of four Lumberjacks ever to record 500 digs in a season, finishing with 548. She also tallied double-doubles in 22 matches, tying her for second-most in a season.
The two-time All-Big Sky First Team pick also finished in the top 100 nationally this season in aces (43), digs (548) and points (499.0) and was just outside the top 100 in kills.
Jorgenson ended her career as a Lumberjack ninth in program history with a career average of 3.11 kills per set and eighth with 3.14 digs per set. She is also tied for 10th all-time with 40 double-doubles.
Offense had been one of the easiest bright spots to show that the Northern Arizona men’s basketball team was showing improvement from last season. But not against Weber State Thursday night in Ogden.
The Lumberjacks (3-10, 1-2 Big Sky Conference) sputtered nearly all game and eventually fell to the Wildcats (9-5, 3-0 Big Sky) 77-52. The loss comes just days after the Lumberjacks played well in a home win over the Montana State Bobcats.
Northern Arizona shot a season-low 31 percent from the field and hit on just 5 of 24 on shots from the 3-point arc, while the Wildcats hit on a solid mark from the field at 48.4 percent despite struggling from beyond the arc on a 3-for-23 night.
The 31 percent shooting clip is the Lumberjacks' lowest mark since shooting 28.8 percent in a road loss to Idaho last season.
The game was close for most of the first half -- with Northern Arizona even leading for a good portion -- but it wasn’t pretty. Both teams struggled to find rhythm offensively as the game started hazy due to smoke caused by the pregame introductions. The Wildcats and Lumberjacks traded scoring runs until Northern Arizona was outscored 12-7 late in the first half as Weber took a 31-27 lead into halftime.
The Lumberjacks missed five straight baskets to close the half, and that poor shooting carried over into the second half. It took the Lumberjacks three minutes into the second to snap the field goal drought when Ted McCree hit a jumper to put the score at 36-30 in favor of Weber.
After the McCree score, the Wildcats began to take over. Weber used a 16-0 run over about three minutes to get ahead by 21 on the Lumberjacks at the 14:21 mark. Near the midway mark of the second half the Lumberjacks only scored seven points to Weber’s 22. The Wildcats kept the lead the rest of the night en route to their fourth straight win.
Bernie Andre and Brooks DeBisschop led the Lumberjacks in scoring with 10 points each. Carlos Hines struggled on offense for the second consecutive game, going 1 for 10 from the field, 1 of 5 from the 3-point line and 3 of 5 from the foul stripe for six points. Freshman guard Cam Shelton was held to zero assists for just the second time season and played just 17 minutes -- the first time this year he has played under 20 minutes.
The Lumberjacks close out the week against the Idaho State Bengals (6-6, 2-1 Big Sky) Saturday at 7 p.m. in Pocatello, Idaho.
-- Lance Hartzler,
Sun Sports Reporter