Volleyball Falls to UND in Straight Sets in Big Sky Championship MatchGRAND 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.
NAU to Play for Big Sky Title After Knocking Off Sacramento StateGRAND 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.
Volleyball Advances to Big Sky Semifinals with Portland State SweepGRAND 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.
Volleyball Places Four on All-Conference Teams, Akin Voted Top FreshmanGRAND 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.
Volleyball Faces Portland State to Start Big Sky Tournament ThursdayFLAGSTAFF, 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.
NAU Student-Athletes Continue to Graduate at a High RateINDIANAPOLIS, 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.
Lumberjack Volleyball Sweeps Southern Utah, 3-0, on Senior DayFLAGSTAFF, 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.
Barton, Jacobsen and Lofstedt Set to Play Final Home Matches on SaturdayFLAGSTAFF, 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.
NAU Falls to North Dakota in Penultimate Regular Season MatchFLAGSTAFF, 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.
NAU Hosts North Dakota, Southern Utah with Title Implications in Final WeekFLAGSTAFF, 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.
Volleyball Outlasted by Idaho State in Five SetsPOCATELLO, 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.
Jacobsen Joins Elite Club, NAU Volleyball Sweeps Weber StateOGDEN, 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.
Volleyball Hits the Road for Matches at Weber State, Idaho StateFLAGSTAFF, 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.
Volleyball Rallies for Crucial Five-Set Win at Portland StatePORTLAND, 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.
NAU Volleyball Stung in Three-Set Loss to Sacramento StateSACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Northern Arizona volleyball was stung by the big momentum-changing runs and was swept for the first time this season, 25-15, 25-18, 25-19, by Sacramento State Thursday night. The Lumberjacks' five-match win streak came to an end on the first leg of a four-match road trip, and saw them fall to 9-2 in conference play and 19-5 overall.
Volleyball Faces Tough Opposition on Road at Sac State and Portland StateFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The road to the Big Sky Tournament starts this week with the Northern Arizona volleyball team traveling to Sacramento State and Portland State in the first half of four consecutive road matches. The Lumberjacks, the only team to clinch a spot in the tournament to date, defeated both the Hornets and Vikings on their home court two weeks ago. NAU takes on Sacramento State on Thursday at 7 p.m. and then will play Portland State on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
NAU Takes Care of Montana in Straight Sets to Close HomestandFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona volleyball team successfully defended their home court to complete a perfect 4-0 homestand – and tie Minnesota for the longest active home win streak in the country at 25 matches – with a 25-22, 25-14, 25-19 straight set victory over Montana on Saturday. The 'Jacks (19-4, 9-1 Big Sky) were led by their outside hitting duo of senior Lauren Jacobsen and redshirt sophomore Kaylie Jorgenson, who sliced and diced the Grizzlies, in claiming their fifth straight win overall.
Volleyball Grinds Out Three Set Win Over Montana StateFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Thursday's 3-0 match score was not indicative of the play on the Rolle Activity Center court. Through 23 ties, the Northern Arizona volleyball team took blow after blow from Montana State before squeezing out a 29-27, 25-21, 25-20 sweep which extended its home winning streak to 24 matches. Despite mustering up only a .172 hitting percentage against a scrappy Bobcat squad, the 'Jacks won their fourth consecutive match overall to improve to 18-4 and 8-1 in conference play.
NAU Starts Big Sky Stretch Run at Home with Montana State, MontanaFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The Northern Arizona volleyball aims to build on a pair of big victories when Montana State and Montana enter the Rolle Activity Center this week in NAU's second-to-final homestand of the season. The Lumberjacks will host the Bobcats on Thursday at 7 p.m., with their tilt against the Grizzlies on Saturday at 12 p.m. before the two schools battle it out in the Walkup Skydome for a crucial Big Sky football matchup later in the day.
Volleyball's Akin Selected as Big Sky Defensive POTWOGDEN, Utah – There were a number of standout players during the Northern Arizona volleyball team's undefeated Homecoming weekend, and the conference office recognized one of them on Monday with freshman Abby Akin taking home Big Sky Defensive Player of the Week honors. Akin earns her second such accolade this season and is the first player in the conference to be selected as the top defensive player twice in 2016.
Volleyball Sweeps Sacramento State on Homecoming SaturdayFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Homecoming excitement was in the air and sole possession of first place in the Big Sky South was on the line. The atmosphere was set and the Northern Arizona volleyball team rose to the occasion, piling up an impressive sweep of Sacramento State Saturday morning, 27-25, 25-18, 25-14. The Lumberjacks finish the first half of conference play with a 7-1 conference record and are two games ahead of the Hornets, who dropped to 5-3 in Big Sky play.
Volleyball's Block Party Ends in Four-Set Win Over Portland StateFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – A return home to the Rolle Activity Center was exactly what the Northern Arizona volleyball team needed. After an up-and-down road trip last week, the Lumberjacks enjoyed the confines of their home gym in ramping up a 25-17, 22-25, 25-16, 25-18 victory over Portland State behind a huge presence at the net. The 'Jacks upped their record to 16-4 overall and 6-1 in the Big Sky.
NAU Hosts South Division Rivals Portland State, Sacramento State in RolleFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Pivotal division matches await the Northern Arizona volleyball team in the Rolle Activity Center this week to open up their longest homestand of the season. On Thursday, NAU hosts Portland State at 7 p.m. to kick off Homecoming Week on campus. NAU then hosts Sacramento State at 12 p.m. in a showdown between Big Sky South Division co-leaders on Saturday. The two matches will be the first half of a four-match homestand.
Volleyball Digs Deep for Five-Set Win at IdahoMOSCOW, Idaho – It was never easy Saturday night for the Northern Arizona volleyball team, but traditionally it never has been. Coming off a loss and playing in a gym the program had not won in since 1992, the Lumberjacks battled all night up until match point and came away with a 20-25, 25-21, 25-18, 17-25, 15-11 win over Idaho behind a season-high four players in double-digit kills.
NAU Volleyball Stifled by Eastern Washington in First Big Sky DefeatCHENEY, Wash. – The Northern Arizona volleyball team hit a season-worst .125 against an Eastern Washington block that came up big, and saw their seven-match win streak come to an end Thursday night in a 25-23, 21-25, 25-22, 25-21 loss at Reese Court. The Lumberjacks' loss was their first to a Big Sky opponent in over a year, and dropped their overall record to 14-4. NAU, along with Sacramento State who lost on Thursday as well, is now 4-1 in conference play as no team remains undefeated in the Big Sky.
'Jacks Trek to Eastern Washington and Idaho for Weekend Road TripFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The Northern Arizona volleyball team travels to the Northwest for a pair of matches this week, starting at Eastern Washington on Thursday at 6 p.m. The Lumberjacks will then make the short trip to Idaho for a Saturday night match at 7 p.m. NAU, along with Sacramento State, is a perfect 4-0 in conference play and will return home for a season-long four-match homestand after this week's road trip.
Barton's Triple-Double Earns Her Big Sky Offensive POTW NodOGDEN, Utah – Senior Jensen Barton was named the Big Sky's Offensive Player of the Week on Monday for her play last week in victories over Idaho State and Weber State. Barton, picking up her second career Player of the Week honor from the conference, notched her second triple-double of the season this past Saturday in a critical early season win over the Wildcats.
Barton and Blocks Guide NAU Volleyball to Weber State SweepFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona volleyball team knew what Weber State brought to the table. The Wildcats, fourth nationally in blocks per set, with the nation's leading individual blocker was the challenge, and the Lumberjacks beat them at their own game. In a 25-17, 25-14, 25-19 sweep, the 'Jacks flexed their muscles in completely owning the Wildcats at the net, winning the blocking battle, 13.0-4.0, to win their seventh consecutive match and continue their perfect start to Big Sky conference play.
Volleyball Knocks Off Idaho State in Four Sets in Return HomeFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona volleyball team put its home win streak on the line against perennial Big Sky power Idaho State on Thursday night, and despite an up-and-down performance at times, the Lumberjacks sent another opponent packing out of the Rolle Activity Center. NAU notched its 20th consecutive home victory – and its season-best sixth straight win overall – with a 25-22, 22-25, 25-22, 25-17 triumph in a rematch of the 2015 Big Sky tournament finale.
Lumberjack Volleyball Returns to Rolle to Host Idaho State, Weber StateFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The Northern Arizona volleyball team returns to the Rolle Activity Center for their first two home conference matches of the season, Thursday versus Idaho State at 7 p.m. and Saturday versus Weber State at 3 p.m. NAU, 12-3 overall and 2-0 in the Big Sky, is one of three undefeated teams in conference after the first weekend of Big Sky play.
Volleyball Overpowers Southern Utah to Complete Perfect WeekendCEDAR CITY, Utah – The Northern Arizona volleyball team brought the muscle at the net, overpowering Southern Utah in all facets on their way to an easy 25-19, 25-15, 25-14 sweep Saturday morning to complete a perfect opening weekend of conference play. The Lumberjacks, now 12-3 overall, wrapped up a 2-0 Big Sky start for the third time in four seasons and won their fifth straight match, equaling a season-long win streak.
Volleyball Conquers Northern Colorado for Big Sky Opening VictoryGREELEY, Colo. – Falling behind 1-0 in the match in an environment where they had lost five of their previous six trips did not phase the Northern Arizona volleyball team Thursday night. Instead, NAU dug deep and came out victorious in its conference opener, defeating Northern Colorado, 17-25, 25-12, 25-21, 25-23, in a matchup between the Big Sky's preseason top two teams. The Lumberjacks won their fourth straight conference opener and is now owns an 11-3 overall record this season.
Volleyball Opens Up Big Sky Play at Northern Colorado, Southern UtahFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Despite being the first Big sky team to 10 wins this season, the Northern Arizona volleyball team - like every other team - is back to 0-0 with the start of conference play this week. The Lumberjacks, 10-3 overall, open up their conference schedule on the road at Northern Colorado on Thursday at 6 p.m. Arizona time. The match will pit the conference's top two teams in the preseason poll, before NAU heads to Southern Utah for a 12 noon Arizona time match on Saturday.
Jacobsen Garners Big Sky POTW Honors After MVP WeekendOGDEN, Utah – On Monday, senior Lauren Jacobsen was named the Big Sky Conference's Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season, becoming the first player to earn multiple honors this season. Jacobsen was rewarded for her efforts in helping push the Northern Arizona volleyball team to a 3-1 mark last week in Bakersfield, Calif. where she was named the Roadrunner Classic Most Valuable Player.
Volleyball Strikes Fast and Early to Sweep San FranciscoBAKERSFIELD, Calif. – The Northern Arizona volleyball team had no interest in playing extended time on the court in their Roadrunner Classic finale against San Francisco after three consecutive five-set matches. Instead, the Lumberjacks cruised by the Dons for a clean sweep, 25-16, 25-16, 25-17, and will head into conference play next week with a 10-3 record.
NAU Volleyball Takes Down UC Irvine in Five SetsBAKERSFIELD, Calif. – For the third straight match, the Northern Arizona volleyball team had to go the distance and in their second match of the Roadrunner Classic, the Lumberjacks took down UC Irvine, 25-22, 24-26, 25-20, 21-25, 15-12. The 'Jacks, now 9-3 this season, will take on San Francisco this afternoon at 4 p.m. in their non-conference finale.
'Jacks Survive UC Riverside in Five Sets to Open Roadrunner ClassicBAKERSFIELD, Calif. – The Northern Arizona volleyball team bent but did not break on Friday in the first match of the Roadrunner Classic, prevailing for a five-set win over UC Riverside, 25-21, 25-18, 24-26, 22-25, 15-12. NAU lost a two-set lead, but led the fifth set wire-to-wire to capture its eighth win of the season, improving to 8-3.
Barton's Triple-Double Not Enough in NAU's Five-Set Loss to CSUBBAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Senior Jensen Barton tallied her first career triple-double and freshman Abby Akin registered 10 blocks, but the Northern Arizona volleyball team fell short in a comeback effort to CSU Bakersfield, 25-22, 21-25, 25-19, 15-25, 15-11, Thursday evening. NAU's five-match win streak came to a halt with the defeat, as the Lumberjacks now sit 7-3 this season.
'Jacks Conclude Non-Conference Play with Four Matches in BakersfieldFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The Northern Arizona volleyball team wraps up their non-conference schedule this week with a quartet of California schools in Bakersfield, Calif. After a non-tournament match versus host CSU Bakersfield on Thursday at 7 p.m., the Lumberjacks will square off against UC Riverside on Friday at 1:30 p.m. and UC Irvine and San Francisco at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. respectively on Saturday during the Roadrunner Classic.
Lumberjack Volleyball Sweeps Wildcats for Fifth Straight VictoryFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona volleyball team put together another complete match on Saturday night in Rolle Activity Center to post their fifth consecutive victory, 25-5, 25-17, 25-15 over Bethune-Cookman. NAU set the tone with the fewest points allowed (five) in a set in school history to open the match and held off BCU's challenges in the final two sets to move to 7-2 this season.