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2014 Northern Arizona Volleyball News

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?