FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The final Northern Arizona volleyball Summer Spotlight introduces senior transfer Dani Westfall, who is returning to her home state of Arizona for her final collegiate season this fall.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Incoming freshman Kimber Kemp answered the Summer Spotlight questions with the NAU Athletics Communications Department as we continued to take a look at the Northern Arizona volleyball newcomers.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The continued rise of Northern Arizona volleyball's national profile coupled with the ever-improving Big Sky Conference led to the uncharted territory that is the Lumberjacks' 2017 schedule – just as head coach Ken Murphy designed it. In what could very well be the most formidable non-conference schedule in program history, at least in recent history, NAU will test itself early, often and throughout its 27-match fall slate.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona head volleyball head coach Ken Murphy announced the hiring of Rachel Dunlap as assistant coach on Wednesday, providing a certified boost to the Lumberjack staff. Dunlap arrives at NAU following a year as a volunteer assistant coach at Yale this past season.
OGDEN, Utah – For the second time in four years, and the fourth time in school history, the Northern Arizona University Athletics Department swept the Big Sky Men's and Women's All-Sports Trophies, announced by the conference office on Monday. The Lumberjacks won a total of seven Big Sky Conference championships during the 2016-17 academic year and also received strong performances from several other programs.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Among the nearly 5,000 Northern Arizona University graduates this weekend will be 44 Lumberjack student-athletes, who will receive their diplomas during the commencement ceremonies Friday and Saturday in the Walkup Skydome. Along with the 17 fall semester graduates, NAU Athletics will graduate 61 total student-athletes this academic year.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Senior distance runner Futsum Zienasellassie and sophomore diver Tanya Kurach were among the big winners at Monday night's Fourth Annual Louie's Awards hosted by the Northern Arizona Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Zienasellassie and Kurach were named the Male and Female Athletes of the Year respectively at the end-of-year awards show at NAU's Prochnow Auditorium.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona football senior Patrick Baldenegro and women’s basketball senior Rene Coggins were honored as the Golden Eagle Scholar Athletes of the Year on Tuesday during the 39th annual Golden Eagle Awards luncheon. A total of 190 student-athletes across all 15 of NAU’s athletic programs were honored at the High Country Conference Center.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – For the second straight year, the Northern Arizona volleyball team is headed to the Navajo Nation for a day full of fun. A pair of clinics along with a free scrimmage is on deck for the Lumberjacks’ visit to Monument Valley High School in Kayenta, Ariz. this Saturday, March 25.
OGDEN, Utah – Forty Northern Arizona student-athletes from football, volleyball, soccer, and men’s and women’s cross country were named to the Big Sky Fall All-Academic team announced today by the league office.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona head volleyball coach Ken Murphy and his staff has announced the dates of the program’s 2017 summer camps. The Lumberjacks will host three camps during the month of July on the Mountain Campus in Flagstaff.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – A pair of standouts from Chandler's Hamilton High School and a versatile player from Southern California comprise the Northern Arizona volleyball team's incoming 2017 class. Saylor Frew (Corona, Calif.), Heaven Harris (Phoenix, Ariz.) and Kimber Kemp (Chandler, Ariz.) all made their commitments official during the fall signing period and will join the Lumberjacks as freshmen next fall.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – There was a level of uncertainty surrounding the Northern Arizona volleyball team in August. A senior class – including both the program's all-time career kills and blocks leader – who helped NAU win 92 matches in the last four years was no longer around. Twenty-eight wins was a high standard to replicate.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. – The Northern Arizona volleyball team was determined to become the first back-to-back conference tournament champion in four years, but North Dakota made sure their home crowd of 1,512 saw otherwise. Although the Fighting Hawks ultimately denied the Lumberjacks of a second straight NCAA Tournament appearance in straight sets, Saturday's championship match was anything but a walk in the park for the home team.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Senior Lauren Jacobsen was not about to let the Northern Arizona volleyball team head to a fifth set, and with three final emphatic kills she propelled the Lumberjacks to their second straight Big Sky Tournament finale. No. 3 NAU overcame a first set loss and knocked off No. 2 Sacramento State in Friday's semifinal, 20-25, 25-18, 25-22, 25-23, and improved to 24-7 overall this season.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. – The Northern Arizona volleyball team absolutely dominated at times, and showed grit when they needed to in sweeping Portland State, 25-18, 25-10, 25-22, in their first match of the Big Sky Championships. NAU (23-7) will next meet Sacramento State in Friday's first semifinal at 3:30 p.m. Arizona time.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Deserving of the honors, seniors Jensen Barton and Lauren Jacobsen, redshirt sophomore Brittni Dorsey and freshman Abby Akin were recognized by the league's head coaches on Wednesday with spots on the All-Big Sky teams. Barton and Jacobsen were voted to the First Team, while Dorsey and Akin were selected to the Second Team. Akin was also named the conference's Outstanding Freshman. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own players.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The Northern Arizona volleyball team's ultimate conference title defense will start Thursday versus Portland State in the opening round of the Big Sky Championships hosted by North Dakota. NAU, the No. 3 seed, and Portland State, the No. 6 seed, will meet in the Betty Englestad Center at 1 p.m. Arizona time.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Northern Arizona University’s NCAA Graduation Success Rate of 84 leads the Big Sky Conference, according to a national report released Tuesday. The NCAA developed the GSR for Division I institutions in 2002 in response to college and university presidents who wanted more accurate graduation data. NAU’s rate is the second-highest in the state of Arizona amongst the Regent institutions.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Two days after seeing their school record home win streak come to a halt, the Northern Arizona volleyball team started a new one on Saturday and ensured their seniors would leave the Rolle Activity Center as victors in a 25-22, 25-21, 25-21, sweep over Southern Utah. With the victory, the Lumberjacks earned the No. 3 seed in next week's conference tournament and concluded the regular season with a 12-4 conference record.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – As quickly as four years will past by for every student-athlete, it is equally a rapid blink-of-an eye for a coach – especially given the success the Northern Arizona volleyball program has experienced the last four years. As the Lumberjacks' three seniors – Jensen Barton, Lauren Jacobsen and Addy Lofstedt – take the Rolle Activity Center court for the final time on Saturday, it will mark the end of an exceptional run at home under head coach Ken Murphy – who like his seniors is nearing the end of his fourth season in Flagstaff.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona volleyball team struggled to find a rhythm Thursday night in a 25-18, 25-22, 25-22 sweep at the hands of North Dakota in the Rolle Activity Center. The loss snapped NAU's 25-match home win streak and also marked the first time that the 'Jacks dropped consecutive matches since Sept. 19-20, 2014.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The regular season ends this week and it will be a big one for the Northern Arizona volleyball team. In their penultimate match on Thursday, the Lumberjacks will host the Big Sky's current leader, North Dakota, in a must-win match for NAU's hopes to host the Big Sky Tournament. Thursday's match will start at 7 p.m. in the Rolle Activity Center.
POCATELLO, Idaho – Senior Jensen Barton tallied her third triple-double of the season, but the Northern Arizona volleyball team was edged by Idaho State in five sets Saturday night, 17-25, 26-24, 11-25, 25-13, 18-16. The Bengals denied the Lumberjacks on three match points, and handed them their third conference loss. NAU is now 21-6 and 11-3 in the Big Sky heading into the final week of the regular season.
OGDEN, Utah – If senior Lauren Jacobsen's milestone night was the headline of the night, the Northern Arizona volleyball team's balanced attack was not far behind on Thursday's storylines. Jacobsen joined the 1,000 kill/1,000 dig club in NAU's 27-25, 25-20, 25-15 straight set victory over Weber State, and was one of six Lumberjacks to total at least five kills in the sweep.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The Northern Arizona volleyball team will turn right around and head back on the road this week with hopes of further increasing their potential chances at hosting the Big Sky Tournament and clinching their second consecutive regular season title. The Lumberjacks will open the week at Weber State on Thursday before continuing on to Idaho State on Saturday. Both matches will start at 6 p.m. Arizona time.
PORTLAND, Ore. – It was gut check time. The Northern Arizona volleyball team faced a 2-1 deficit – despite a furious third set rally – and were one set away from coming away winless on a critical road trip. With possibly the most important adversity they have encountered this season, the Lumberjacks rose to the challenge.