1 JaNae Mortensen
1 JaNae Mortensen
Height: 5-6
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Pleasant Grove, Utah
High School: Pleasant Grove HS '06
Previous College: Snow College
Position: DS
Experience: 2L

2008: For the second straight year, Mortensen earned mention to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic team. A stalwart in the back row for the Eagles throughout the 2008 season, she had her best performance in Eastern’s 25-23, 21-25, 25-23, 25-19 win over Notre Dame on Sept. 5, contributing a career-high 22 digs to EWU’s victory. The next day, she finished off her outstanding weekend of performances at the Idaho Volleyball Classic with two more double-digit dig tallies, first with 12 in a 25-21, 25-15, 27-25 loss to the host Vandals and then with 18 in an impressive 25-27, 25-20, 25-16, 26-24 defeat of Washington State. In a 23-25, 26-24, 25-23, 25-21 win over Big Sky champion Portland State on Oct. 10, she not only had eight digs but also finished off the tight second set with a clutch service ace. She helped Eastern to an exciting 25-14, 25-20, 15-25, 24-26, 15-11 road win over Gonzaga on Oct. 13 with three service aces, setting a season high which she would tie later in the campaign. Mortensen attained double-digit digs once again on Oct. 23 in a home win over Idaho State, 22-25, 25-21, 25-21, 25-21, with 10. For the second time in 2008, Mortensen had three service aces in a 25-21, 25-23, 25-22 road loss to Montana on Oct. 30. Her 12 digs on Nov. 1 helped Eastern Washington to a 19-25, 25-19, 25-18, 25-9 road win over Montana State on Nov. 1. Mortensen had her season-high assist total in a 25-19, 21-25, 25-18, 25-17 defeat of Northern Arizona on Nov. 6, tallying four. Her final double-digit dig performance came on Nov. 29 in the Big Sky championship match versus Portland State, as she had 10 in a 25-22, 25-16, 21-25, 25-21 loss to the Vikings.

2007: Mortensen was named to the Big Sky Conference’s All-Academic team after playing well on the court and performing at a high level in the classroom in 2007. Against Utah State on Aug. 25, she had 10 digs, her first-ever double-digit dig total as an Eagle. She would have six 10+ dig sums in 2007. In Eastern Washington’s first Big Sky match of the season versus Weber State on Sept. 13, she contributed nine digs to Eastern’s efforts. Two matches later, Mortensen had her second-highest dig output of 2007, as she accumulated 12 at Montana State. Then, just two days later on the back end of that road trip, she tallied 11 against the Montana Grizzlies. Mortensen set her career high for assists with seven in a 24-30, 30-22, 30-26, 25-30, 15-12 win at Montana on Sept. 22. Against Sacramento State on Oct. 13, she had a then-personal high with 16 digs, an especially remarkable total given that the match only went three sets. Her fifth double-digit dig sum came against Idaho State on Oct. 18, when she contributed 11. She had five service aces against Weber State two days later, tied for the most by an Eagle in 2007 and still a career-high total for Mortensen. She had 14 digs versus Northern Colorado on Nov. 3, an exciting comeback 34-36, 30-23, 25-30, 30-26, 15-11 road win, her sixth and final 10+ dig total of the campaign. Mortensen had three kills in 2007, one apiece against Montana (Sept. 22), Northern Arizona (Sept. 29) and Northern Colorado (Nov. 3).

2006 (Snow College): One of four players on the team to see playing time in all 39 matches, Mortensen led the squad in digs per match by an impressive margin of 1.26 per set (Mortensen had 2.81 dps). That average placed her fifth in the Scenic West Athletic Conference. Mortensen was also an excellent server for Snow College, as evidenced by her 36 service aces (0.34 per set), the third-highest total on the team. She tallied 14 assists and five kills in 2006, as well.

High School: After her Pleasant Grove High School squad played in the Utah 4A state championship match her sophomore and junior years at the school, Mortensen helped lead the Vikings to a state title her senior season. The Vikings were fourth at state in Mortensen’s freshman year. Her parents are Helen and E. Lynn Mortensen. She is majoring in social work.

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