2014 Northern Arizona Volleyball News
May 19, 2015
NAU Men Win Second Consecutive Big Sky All-Sports Trophy
OGDEN, Utah – Northern Arizona men have captured their second consecutive Big Sky All-Sports Trophy, the conference office announced Tuesday. The Lumberjacks went into the outdoor track championship with the lead, and maintained it after a tie for first place capturing their fourth straight outdoor title.
May 9, 2015
NAU Athletics Celebrates 42 Student-Athlete Graduates This Weekend
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – In total, 42 Northern Arizona University student-athletes will receive their degrees from the university this weekend during the Spring 2015 commencement ceremonies held on campus yesterday and today. Including the 21 student-athletes who participated in the Fall 2014 commencement ceremonies, the NAU Athletics Department produced a total of 63 graduates for the 2014-15 academic year.
April 30, 2015
A Night to Remember: 2015 Louie's Awards
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – On Wednesday night at Prochnow Auditorium, the NAU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee hosted the second annual Louie’s Awards, a night for Lumberjack student-athletes, coaches, administration and staff to sit back, relax and remember the 2014-15 academic year.
April 27, 2015
Volleyball Spring Recap with Head Coach Ken Murphy
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona volleyball team recently concluded their spring season last week, wrapping up two months of workouts. From the weight room to the volleyball court, the Lumberjacks showed big improvement building skill sets and intangibles that they hope will carry them to a Big Sky Championship this upcoming fall.
April 16, 2015
Vang, Stephens, Jabczenski and Buzzard Receive Spring Gold Axe Awards
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The academic honors continued to pile up for NAU Athletics Wednesday night as four graduating student-athletes were among forty-three students who received the university’s prestigious Gold Axe Award. The athletics contingent at the Gold Axe and Distinguished Seniors awards banquet included Diane Buzzard (women’s soccer), Laura Jabczenski (golf), Taylor Stephens (volleyball) and Johanna Vang (women’s tennis) as the quartet were bestowed with the coveted award.
April 15, 2015
Hoover, Vang, Buzzard & Hasquet Honored as Golden Eagle Top Scholar-Athletes
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – On Wednesday, NAU’s brightest student-athletes were honored at the 37th annual Golden Eagle Awards held at the High Country Conference Center. The annual luncheon recognizes Northern Arizona University’s student-athletes who maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average in the classroom. Golden Eagle Distributors, Inc., honored 191 Lumberjack student-athletes for their scholastic and athletic accomplishments.
April 9, 2015
Lumberjack Volleyball Hosting Summer Camps in July
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The NAU Volleyball team is hosting their 2015 Summer Volleyball Camps in July, offering all aspiring volleyball players a unique opportunity to experience one-of-a-kind training led by head coach Ken Murphy.
March 31, 2015
'Jacks, Northern Arizona Community Come Together for Student-Athlete for a Day
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The NAU Athletics Department, spearheaded by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), held its Student-Athlete for a Day on Tuesday for over 200 children throughout the northern Arizona region. The important Student-Athlete for a Day returned for the first time in three years and was a fun-filled day for both the Lumberjack student-athletes and the local youth.
January 27, 2015
31 Lumberjacks Earn 2014 Big Sky Fall All-Academic Team Honors
OGDEN, Utah – The Northern Arizona football, volleyball, soccer and men's and women's cross country teams placed a total of 31 student-athletes on the fall 2014 Big Sky All-Academic Teams as recognized by the conference office.
December 17, 2014
Volleyball Announces Four New 'Jacks for 2015 Season
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Mere points away from the Big Sky title match, the Northern Arizona volleyball team took a big step towards elevating to the very top of the conference on Wednesday, as head coach Ken Murphy announced the additions of four incoming freshmen to the program for the 2015 season.
December 12, 2014
Twenty-One Student-Athletes Receive Degrees During Fall Commencement
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona University will hold its fall commencement ceremonies today in the Walkup Skydome and as part of the newest group of alumni, 21 Lumberjack student-athletes will officially earn their degrees.
December 10, 2014
2014 NAU Volleyball Season Recap
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The final point dropped in Pocatello, Idaho and the 2014 Northern Arizona volleyball season came to a bitter end against top-seeded Idaho State one step shy of the Big Sky final. The Lumberjacks had come so close to having a shot at their ultimate goal – a conference championship – yet despite the abrupt ending, NAU still enjoyed one of the finest seasons in school history this fall.
November 25, 2014
NAU Student-Athletes Give Back to the Community in Operation Christmas Child
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona student-athletes are always giving back to the community of Flagstaff and this past weekend, the freshmen class held Operation Christmas Child to start spreading the holiday cheer.
November 24, 2014
Kemper Caps Career with Big Sky All-Tournament Honors
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – For her performance over the weekend at the Big Sky Championships, Northern Arizona volleyball senior Sydney Kemper was named to the All-Tournament team representing the Lumberjacks. In NAU's two tournament matches, Kemper averaged 3.75 kills and 2.75 digs per set and hit .309.
November 21, 2014
NAU Fights Until the End in Dramatic Semifinal Loss to Idaho State
POCATELLO, Idaho – In a battle fitted to decide the conference champion despite it being just the semifinal, the Northern Arizona volleyball team saw their season come to an end in a dramatic five-set loss to Idaho State, the defending Big Sky champs. The Bengals edged out the Lumberjacks by taking the final two sets after falling behind 2-1 – 25-22 20-25, 25-27, 28-26, 15-10 – to advance to the finals. NAU finished the season with a 21-8 record.
November 20, 2014
Volleyball Takes First Step at Big Sky Tourney with Idaho Sweep
POCATELLO, Idaho – The Northern Arizona volleyball team took their first step towards a Big Sky title on Thursday, posting a commanding sweep of fourth-seeded Idaho, 25-16, 25-20, 25-16, to move onto the conference semifinals. The fifth-seeded Lumberjacks (21-7) outhit the Vandals and held advantages in blocks, digs and aces, successfully avenging a sweep to Idaho earlier in the season by controlling the match in all facets.
November 19, 2014
NAU Volleyball Places Three Lumberjacks on All-Big Sky Teams
OGDEN, Utah – Senior Sydney Kemper became the first player in school history to be recognized as a four-time all-conference honoree, heading a trio of Lumberjacks representing the Northern Arizona volleyball team on the All-Big Sky Conference teams. Junior Janae Vander Ploeg and sophomore Jensen Barton were also named to the all-conference teams as voted on by the league head coaches and announced by the conference office on Wednesday.
November 18, 2014
Volleyball Faces Idaho in First Round of Big Sky Championships on Thursday
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - This week, the Northern Arizona volleyball team will make their third consecutive appearance in the Big Sky Championships as the fifth-seed. The Lumberjacks will face fourth-seed Idaho in the first round of this year's conference tournament at 5 p.m. on Thursday in Pocatello, Idaho. With three victories in three days, NAU will capture its second Big Sky title in school history and first since 1999.
November 15, 2014
'Jacks Snap Skid in Portland, Notches Fourth 20-Win Season with PSU Sweep
PORTLAND, Ore. – The Northern Arizona volleyball team ended a decade of frustration in Portland and clinched their fourth 20-win season in program history with a big block all match long in sweeping Portland State Saturday night. The 25-18, 25-15, 25-19 win will send NAU into next week's Big Sky Championships on a high note, having finished the regular season 20-7 overall and 11-5 in the conference. NAU will head into the conference tournament as the fifth-seed.
November 13, 2014
Four 'Jacks Tally Double-Doubles in NAU Loss to Sac State
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Northern Arizona volleyball team was forced to play catch up all night long, but late rallies were not quite enough to put them over the edge as they dropped a tight 28-26, 19-25, 26-24, 25-23 match to Sacramento State on Thursday. NAU fell to 19-7 overall and 10-5 in the Big Sky heading into its regular season finale at Portland State on Saturday.
November 11, 2014
Volleyball Concludes Regular Season at Sacramento State, Portland State
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The Northern Arizona volleyball team looks to finish the season strong and head into the Big Sky Championships with momentum as they take their three-match win streak on the road to Sacramento State and Portland State this week. The Lumberjacks will also aim to improve their seeding for next week's conference tournament. NAU will take on Sacramento State on Thursday and Portland State on Saturday with both matches beginning at 8 p.m. Flagstaff time.
November 10, 2014
Vander Ploeg Named Big Sky POTW After Milestone Weekend
OGDEN, Utah – Janae Vander Ploeg enjoyed a milestone weekend and was rewarded with a Big Sky Conference Player of the Week honor announced by the conference office on Monday. Vander Ploeg joined the Northern Arizona volleyball's 1,000 career kills club and recorded two double-doubles in guiding the Lumberjacks to victories over Eastern Washington and Southern Utah.
November 8, 2014
Volleyball Takes Care of Southern Utah in Senior Night Sweep
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Rolle Activity Center home crowd packed a punch and the Northern Arizona volleyball team treated them to a 25-12, 25-21, 25-19 sweep of Southern Utah, sending Sydney Kemper, Hannah Hill and Taylor Stephens out with a win on Senior Night. With the win, the Lumberjacks finishes the season with a 10-1 home record, matching a program-best for season home win percentage (.909).
November 7, 2014
Volleyball's Seniors to Play Final Home Match Saturday vs. SUU
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Before this year's senior class joined the Northern Arizona volleyball program in 2011, the Lumberjacks had just one winning season in nine years and three total since the turn of the century. What has this senior class accomplished since arriving? Four winning seasons and 76 victories is the running total heading into Saturday's Senior Night match against Southern Utah.
November 6, 2014
NAU's Stephens Named Capital One Academic All-District Honoree
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Senior Taylor Stephens was selected onto the 2014 Capital One Academic All-District 8 second team, as voted on and announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America on Thursday. Stephens became the first Lumberjack volleyball player to be named Academic All-District since Lauren Campbell (first team) and Katie Bailey (second team) in 2011.
November 6, 2014
Vander Ploeg Joins 1,000 Kills Club, 'Jacks Clinch Postseason Berth
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Junior Janae Vander Ploeg became the 12th player in school history to reach 1,000 career kills, joining her teammate senior Sydney Kemper who accomplished the feat a week ago, in Northern Arizona volleyball’s four-set victory over Eastern Washington on Thursday. The Lumberjacks defeated the Eagles, 25-23, 19-25, 25-16, 25-15, and clinched a spot in the Big Sky Championships in the process improving to 9-4 in Big Sky play and 18-6 overall.
November 4, 2014
NAU Hosts EWU, SUU in Final Home Matches of Season
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - For the final time this season, the Northern Arizona volleyball team will play in the Rolle Activity Center as they host Eastern Washington on Thursday and Southern Utah on Saturday for their last homestand of 2014. The Lumberjacks enter the second-to-final week of the regular season tied for fourth in the Big Sky with Northern Colorado with an 8-4 conference mark. Both of this week's matches will start at 7 p.m.
November 1, 2014
'Jacks Tame Wildcats with Block in Sweep
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona volleyball team brought the block party to the Rolle Activity Center, using strong play at the net to deny Weber State Saturday night in a three-set sweep, 32-30, 25-16, 25-16. The Lumberjacks tallied 15.0 blocks – their most in a three-set match this season and second-highest total overall – to force the Wildcats into 31 errors as they snapped their two-match skid.
October 30, 2014
Kemper Reaches 1,000 Career Kill Mark in Five-Set Loss to ISU
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – For the second straight season, it took five sets to determine the victor between the Northern Arizona volleyball team and Idaho State in the Rolle Activity Center. Unfortunately unlike last season, the result fell in the Bengals' favor Thursday night as they handed the Lumberjacks their first home loss of 2014, 25-27, 25-19, 25-18, 20-25, 17-15. NAU dropped to 16-6 overall and 7-4 in the Big Sky.
October 29, 2014
NAU Athletics Posts 85 Percent Graduation Success Rate
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Northern Arizona Athletics Department posted a school-best 85 percent Graduation Success Rate, as released by the NCAA national office Tuesday. It was the highest of the three state universities, and tied for the best in the Big Sky Conference.
October 28, 2014
NAU Hosts Big Sky-Leading Idaho State and Weber State in Return Home
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The Northern Arizona volleyball team finds themselves right in the heart of the conference's elite heading into the final three weeks of the regular season and returns to the comforts of home this week with the hope of moving up the conference standings. The Lumberjacks will get a chance to directly improve their own odds of hosting the Big Sky Championships when they host conference-leading Idaho State on Thursday before welcoming Weber State to the Rolle Activity Center on Saturday. Both matches will start at 7 p.m.
October 27, 2014
NAU Student-Athletes Spread Message During Red Ribbon Week
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona University Athletics participated in the annual Red Ribbon Week throughout the community last week, from Oct. 20-24. A total of 134 student-athletes participated in Red Ribbon Week visiting local schools, speaking with Flagstaff’s youth and interacting with them in athletic activities.
October 25, 2014
Volleyball Drops Four-Setter to Northern Colorado
GREELEY, Colo. – The Northern Arizona volleyball team had no problem starting sets, but could not finish off Northern Colorado Saturday night, losing in four sets, 25-22, 13-25, 29-27, 25-23. The Lumberjacks held early leads in all four sets, yet the Bears battled back to win three dropping NAU's record to 7-3 in the conference. The Lumberjacks are now 16-5 heading back home next week.
October 23, 2014
'Jacks Hand UND First Home Loss in Three-Set Sweep
GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Led by the one-two combo of junior Janae Vander Ploeg and senior Sydney Kemper, the Northern Arizona volleyball team notched an all-important victory against North Dakota with big implications on Thursday. The duo combined for 27 kills propelling the Lumberjacks to a 25-20, 25-20, 25-18 sweep, dealing UND its first home loss this season and first in 11 matches dating back to Nov. 8, 2013.
October 21, 2014
NAU Volleyball Faces North Dakota, Northern Colorado This Week
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Back out on the road for the second consecutive week, the Northern Arizona volleyball team will take on two of the Big Sky North Division's top teams traveling to North Dakota on Thursday at 5 p.m. followed by Northern Colorado on Saturday at 6 p.m. After this week, the Lumberjacks will have just one final road trip during the regular season, with it coming on the final week of the season.
October 18, 2014
Volleyball Falls Short to Idaho State
POCATELLO, Idaho – In the first of two anticipated matchups between the Big Sky South Division co-leaders, both the Northern Arizona volleyball team and Idaho State dominated their way to a set win to begin Saturday night's meeting. Then the Bengals prevailed in the final two to come away with the 14-25, 25-14, 30-28, 25-23 victory to take sole possession of the division at the midway point of conference play.
October 16, 2014
Volleyball Starts Road Swing with Weber State Sweep
OGDEN, Utah – The Northern Arizona volleyball team posted a successful start to their critical four-match road swing on Thursday, picking up their fourth consecutive win against Weber State. The Lumberjacks swept the Wildcats, 25-16, 25-17, 25-18, and did not trail on the scoreboard until the third set in a dominant team performance on both sides of the net.
October 14, 2014
NAU Travels to Weber State, Idaho State This Week
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The Northern Arizona volleyball team begins their most critical stretch of the season to date this weekend with road matches at Weber State on Thursday and Idaho State on Saturday. Both matches will begin at 6 p.m. Flagstaff time.
October 13, 2014
Kemper's Consistent Weekend Garners Big Sky POTW Recognition
OGDEN, Utah – Sydney Kemper was named the Big Sky Conference Player of the Week on Monday following another stellar weekend of play, leading the Northern Arizona volleyball team to sweeps of Montana and Montana State. The award is Kemper's third of her career and is the second Player of the Week nod for the Lumberjacks this season.
October 11, 2014
'Jacks Sweep 'Cats, Equal Best Start Through 17 Matches
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – For the second time this week, the Northern Arizona volleyball team conquered their foe from the state of Montana, as they swept Montana State, 26-24, 25-19, 25-13, Saturday night in the Rolle Activity Center. With the win, the Lumberjacks upped their record to 14-3 overall, matching the program's best start through 17 matches.
October 9, 2014
Lumberjacks Hit Season-Best Percentage to Sweep Grizzlies
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona volleyball team fought back from three set points in the first set and cruised to victory from there Thursday night, sweeping Montana, 26-24, 25-17, 25-10. The Lumberjacks picked up their fourth conference win and is now 4-1 in the Big Sky and 13-3 overall following their fourth sweep in six home matches this season.
October 7, 2014
Volleyball Welcomes Montana, Montana State this Weekend
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The Northern Arizona volleyball team returns to the Rolle Activity Center for a critical homestand versus Montana on Thursday and Montana State on Saturday, before heading back out on the road for the next two weeks. Both matches will start at 7 p.m.
October 4, 2014
'Jacks Hand Thunderbirds First Big Sky Defeat in Bounce Back Effort
CEDAR CITY, Utah – Coming off a difficult loss at Idaho on Thursday, the Northern Arizona volleyball team bounced back in a big way Saturday night by handing Southern Utah its first Big Sky loss of the season. Led by a near triple-double performance by senior Sydney Kemper, the Lumberjacks received a variety of contributions across their lineup in the four-set win, 25-17, 22-25, 25-20, 25-17. NAU is now 3-1 in conference play and 12-3 overall.
October 2, 2014
NAU Dealt Three-Set Loss by Idaho
MOSCOW, Idaho – Slow starts put the Northern Arizona volleyball team in holes they could not climb out of on Thursday night as they fell in three sets to Idaho, 25-23, 25-18, 25-15. NAU's loss in its first road conference match of the season dropped its record to 2-1 in Big Sky play and 11-3 overall.
October 1, 2014
NAU Athletics October Student-Athlete Spotlight
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Janae Vander Ploeg of the volleyball team and Caleb Hoover of the cross country team are featured in Lumberjack Academics’ monthly student-athlete spotlight for the month of October.
September 30, 2014
NAU Heads Out on First Conference Road Trip to Idaho, SUU
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The Northern Arizona volleyball team makes their first conference road trip of the season this weekend where they look to remain unbeaten in Big Sky action. The Lumberjacks will first travel to the Northwest to face Idaho on Thursday before making the trip to face Southern Utah. Thursday's match in Moscow, Idaho will start at 7 p.m. followed by Saturday's match at 6 p.m. in Cedar City, Utah.
September 27, 2014
Balanced Offense, Blocking Key in NAU's Sweep of Sacramento State
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – After a tight first set, the Northern Arizona volleyball team rolled past Sacramento State in three sets, 25-21, 25-14, 25-15, to close out the first weekend of conference play with two victories. The Lumberjacks utilized a balanced offensive attack and a huge presence at the net Saturday morning to improve to 2-0 in the Big Sky and 11-2 overall.
September 25, 2014
NAU Victorious in Four Sets Over Portland State in Big Sky Opener
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona volleyball team let four match points slip for a sweep, but the Lumberjacks avoided a similar fate a set later, denying Portland State, 25-21, 25-16, 26-28, 25-22, for a victory in the teams' Big Sky opener. The Lumberjacks successfully bounced back from a pair of losses a week ago to open the conference season to improve to 10-2 overall and 1-0 in Big Sky play Thursday night in the Rolle Activity Center.
September 23, 2014
NAU Opens Big Sky Slate at Home with Portland State, Sacramento State
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Following a 9-2 non-conference schedule, the Northern Arizona volleyball team opens up Big Sky play this Thursday with a two-match homestand at the Rolle Activity Center. The Lumberjacks host the defending Big Sky co-regular season champion, Portland State, on Thursday at 7 p.m. and Sacramento State on Saturday at 12 p.m. as part of Family Weekend.
September 22, 2014
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September 20, 2014
'Jacks Battle Hawai'i Until the End in Non-Conference Finale
HONOLULU, Hawaii – The Northern Arizona volleyball team fell to Hawai'i in three sets, 25-20, 25-23, 25-18, to close out their non-conference schedule Saturday night in Honolulu and saw their record drop to 9-2 heading into the Big Sky season. Although the result – a three-set sweep – was the same as the night before, the team's performance was anything but the same as the Lumberjacks showcased growth and grit in defeat.
September 19, 2014
NAU's Season-Opening Win Streak Snapped in Sweep by Hawai'i
HONOLULU, Hawaii – Friday night was a night of firsts for the Northern Arizona volleyball team. For the first time all season, the Lumberjacks dropped the first set and eventually suffered their first loss of 2014, falling in three sets, 25-18, 25-15, 25-18, to Hawai’i in front of a crowd of 5,941 at the Stan Sheriff Center.
September 18, 2014
NAU Faces Big Challenge in Hawai'i in Final Non-Conference Tests
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The Northern Arizona volleyball team will wrap up their non-conference schedule with their first two matches ever in the 50th State this weekend. The Lumberjacks will play Hawai'i, one of the country's perennial powerhouses, this Friday and Saturday in Honolulu, Hawaii. First serve for both matches will be 10 p.m. Flagstaff time.
September 13, 2014
'Jacks Win Ninth Straight, Sweep Albany to Win Home Tourney
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Faced with a quick turnaround after a draining two-match day, the Northern Arizona volleyball team turned in a complete effort in sweeping Albany, 25-19, 25-17, 25-9, on their way to clinching the Lumberjack Classic tournament title on Saturday. The win sealed up a third consecutive perfect weekend to begin the season, and only the program's third 9-0 start in school history.
September 12, 2014
Lumberjacks' Win Streak at Seven Following Grand Canyon Sweep
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Playing their first home match of the season, the Northern Arizona volleyball team got off to a slow start but settled down to win their opening matinee match of the Lumberjack Classic Friday morning in the Rolle Activity Center. The Lumberjacks took down Grand Canyon in three sets, 25-18, 25-18, 25-18, and ran their season-opening win streak to seven heading into their afternoon contest versus UC Riverside at approximately 5:30 p.m.
September 12, 2014
Volleyball Holds Off UC Riverside to Move to 8-0
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona volleyball team responded in a big way against a feisty UC Riverside squad to conclude the first day of their Lumberjack Classic with a second win – and eighth straight overall to start the season – in four sets. NAU registered a season-high 17.0 blocks, with nine coming in the final set, in its 25-17, 18-25, 25-19, 25-12, victory over the Highlanders Friday evening in the Rolle Activity Center.
September 10, 2014
'Jacks Prime and Ready for Home Opening Tournament
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - After two weeks on the road and a perfect 6-0 record to begin the season, the Northern Arizona volleyball team opens their home schedule this weekend, hosting the 2014 Lumberjack Classic. The Lumberjacks will welcome Albany, Grand Canyon and UC Riverside to the Rolle Activity Center for the two-day tournament, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 12-13.
September 6, 2014
NAU Wins Share of Tournament Title with Sweep of UTPA
EDINBURG, Texas – Two weekends down and the Northern Arizona volleyball team completed their Texas two-step with a three-set sweep of Texas-Pan American on Saturday, 25-23, 25-19, 25-17. The victory clinched a second straight perfect weekend to begin 2014, following three wins in Houston a week ago, and hammered down the Lumberjacks' 6-0 start to the season. They claimed a share of the UTPA Tournament championship as Texas Tech also finished the weekend 3-0 in Edinburg and they did not face each other.
September 5, 2014
NAU Volleyball Prevails Over Lamar for Fifth Straight Win
EDINBURG, Texas – The Northern Arizona volleyball prevailed early and broke away late in their second match of the day, picking up their fifth straight win to begin the season in the process at the UTPA Fieldhouse. The Lumberjacks earned the four-set victory, 25-21, 25-27, 25-12, 25-19, over a talented Lamar squad to improve to 5-0 this season and 2-0 at the UTPA Tournament heading into their tournament finale on Saturday.
September 5, 2014
Volleyball Defeats A&M-Corpus Christi to Begin UTPA Doubleheader
EDINBURG, Texas – The Northern Arizona volleyball team improved to 4-0 this season in winning their first match of the UTPA Tournament Friday morning with a four-set victory, 25-14, 21-25, 25-13, 25-22, over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The Lumberjacks will play Lamar this afternoon in their second match of the day at approximately 2:30 p.m. Flagstaff time.
September 3, 2014
NAU Volleyball Back to Texas, Looking to Build on Momentum
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The Northern Arizona volleyball team makes a return trip to the Lone Star State this weekend for their second pre-conference tournament with a three-match slate at the UTPA Tournament in Edinburg, Texas. The Lumberjacks will play a doubleheader on Friday, first against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 8 a.m. followed by Lamar at 2:30 p.m. NAU will then play host Texas-Pan American on Saturday in the tournament finale at 12 p.m. All times are local to Flagstaff.
September 1, 2014
Barton Earns First Career Big Sky Player of the Week Nod
OGDEN, Utah – Northern Arizona sophomore Jensen Barton was named the first Big Sky Player of the Week of the 2014 season after an all-around performance at the Marriott Houston Westchase Invitational. The weekly award is the first of Barton's career.
August 30, 2014
Volleyball Sweeps Chattanooga, Plays Tulsa This Afternoon
HOUSTON, Texas – With a quick turnaround following their season-opening win Friday night, the Northern Arizona volleyball team swept Chattanooga Saturday morning to begin the second day of the Marriott Houston Westchase Invitational. With the 25-17, 25-18, 25-17 victory, NAU ensured that its final match of the tournament against Tulsa would determine the tourney champion. Tulsa swept Houston Baptist in the day's first match.
August 30, 2014
NAU Caps Perfect Opening Weekend with Tulsa Victory
HOUSTON, Texas – The Northern Arizona volleyball team was an offensive juggernaut in their Marriott Houston Westchase Invitational finale Saturday afternoon, topping Tulsa in four sets, 25-15, 23-25, 25-23, 25-14, to win the Houston Baptist-hosted tournament. The Lumberjacks wrapped up the weekend with a perfect 3-0 start to the weekend, marking the fourth consecutive year in which they have started the season with at least three straight victories. The win allowed NAU to capture its seventh pre-conference tournament dating back to the start of the 2011 season.
August 29, 2014
Volleyball Battles Past Houston Baptist for 2014 Opening Win
HOUSTON, Texas – In typical first-match fashion, the Northern Arizona volleyball team was not perfect but they proved to be victorious in their 2014 season opener on Friday, defeating host Houston Baptist on the first day of the Marriott Houston Westchase Invitational. The Lumberjacks won their season opening match for the eighth time in the last nine years, doing so on Friday in four sets, 25-17, 21-25, 25-19, 25-14 behind a gritty effort.
August 27, 2014
Lumberjacks' First Test of 2014 at HBU Husky Classic
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The Northern Arizona volleyball team begins the 2014 season this weekend at the Husky Classic hosted by Houston Baptist. The Lumberjacks officially get the season under way on Friday at 5 p.m. versus Houston Baptist. They will conclude the tournament on Saturday, first against Chattanooga at 10 a.m. and wrapping up the weekend with Tulsa at 3 p.m.
August 25, 2014
More Than a Friendship: Hamilton Pair Together as ‘Jacks
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Together once again, junior Payton Bock and sophomore Lauren Jacobsen could not be happier. After two years apart, the former Hamilton High School teammates and inseparable friends off the court have reunited in Flagstaff and are poised to make an impact on a potent Northern Arizona volleyball team in 2014.
August 22, 2014
NAU Student-Athletes Welcome Incoming Lumberjack Freshmen
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Nearly 200 Northern Arizona student-athletes helped greet the incoming NAU Class of 2018 over the last two days in partnership with Welcome Back Jacks. The student-athletes along with a number of student groups at times battled the rainy Flagstaff weather and volunteered to assist the new freshmen and their families move into their new home for the upcoming school year.
August 20, 2014
Volleyball Tuning Up for Season with Saturday Scrimmage
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona volleyball team will not make their home debut until Sept. 12, but Lumberjack fans won't have to wait until then to get their first glimpse of this year's squad. The Lumberjacks will host a free open intrasquad scrimmage for all fans this Saturday, Aug. 23 at the Rolle Activity Center beginning at 5 p.m.
August 18, 2014
2014 NAU Volleyball Season Outlook
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – It was not going to be an easy task for the Northern Arizona volleyball team to top their historic 2012 season, yet the Lumberjacks rallied as one team and produced a widely successful encore in 2013.
August 12, 2014
Volleyball Voted Tied for First in Big Sky Poll
OGDEN, Utah – Sporting one of the conference's deepest rosters, the Northern Arizona volleyball team received high preseason recognition on Tuesday as they will enter the 2014 season as preseason co-favorites to hoist the Big Sky trophy. In the Big Sky preseason poll voted on by the league's head coaches, the Lumberjacks and defending conference champion Idaho State each received four first-place votes and 108 points to sit tied atop the coaches' forecast. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team.
August 11, 2014
Lumberjacks Establishing Chemistry as Preseason Continues
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – An important aspect of any preseason training is getting the fresh faces acclimated within the pre-existing system in place. For the Northern Arizona volleyball team, getting familiar with one another has taken on the utmost importance through the first four fall practices with nearly half of their 2014 roster new to the Lumberjack program.
July 9, 2014
NAU Volleyball Summer Camps Near, Register Now
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Time is ticking to register for the 2014 NAU Volleyball Summer Camps with the camp dates fast approaching.
June 23, 2014
NAU Volleyball to Play Exciting 27-Match Schedule in 2014
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – A home tournament, a trip for two versus one of the nation's perennial powerhouses and a revamped conference schedule highlight the 2014 Northern Arizona volleyball schedule as announced by head coach Ken Murphy on Monday.
June 18, 2014
Volleyball Caps Incoming Class with Jacobsen, Guerrero
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Rounding out their incoming class of new 'Jacks, the Northern Arizona volleyball team will add Lauren Jacobsen and Kayla Guerrero to their 2014 roster. Jacobsen and Guerrero bring the Lumberjack roster to 16 with the start of fall camp less than two months away.
June 6, 2014
NAU Volleyball Offering Three Summer Camps in July
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Summer in Flagstaff is a sight to see so why not take in all the town has to offer AND learn from the best with the NAU Volleyball Summer Camps in the month of July?