FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona women's tennis team was awarded the Lumberjack Cup through their efforts giving back to the community, their success on the court and excelling in the classroom during the 2012-13 academic year.
The Lumberjack Cup is a year-long competition between teams that incorporates academic achievement, team performance, community service, attendance at mandatory programming, and support of fellow athletic teams. The winner is selected by being the most well rounded team with an exuberant amount of pride in NAU Athletics.
"It means so much to our team to win the cup," said senior Tatum Rochin. "We put in a lot of hours in for community service and it means a lot to be recognized for that."
The women are coming off a stellar 2013 season where they finished with a 17-10 record and placed second in the Big Sky Conference. The Lumberjacks went 8-2 in conference play and were not defeated in their home matches going 7-0.
At every home sporting event for Northern Arizona, when the women are in town, they are out supporting their fellow NAU student-athletes.
"It's important to support other student-athletes because it makes our athletic community at NAU stronger," said Rochin who is a Student Athlete Advisory Committee officer at NAU. "Teams perform better when they have a good support system and I think that support starts when their fellow student-athletes make a strong presence at all of our athletic events."
Women's tennis has also been active in the community giving back in any way possible. The women have helped out at local food banks boxing food to be shipped and also preparing dinner to serve. The Lumberjacks also give back to the young kids in Flagstaff participating in Red Ribbon Week visiting schools and talking to kids.
After wrapping up their fall schedule, the women are now preparing for their 2014 season, which begins Jan. 18 at Arizona State.