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  • NAU Athletics Wins Back-to-Back Big Sky Presidents’ Cup
    July 13, 2014
    NAU Athletics Wins Back-to-Back Big Sky Presidents’ Cup OGDEN, Utah – For the second straight year, Northern Arizona Athletics has captured the Big Sky Presidents’ Cup presented by Red Lion Hotels. NAU finished first in overall in athletic points for the second consecutive year, in addition to claiming the Big Sky Men’s and Women’s All-Sports Trophies in May.
  • Four Lumberjacks Named NSCA All-American Athlete Award Recipients
    July 11, 2014
    Four Lumberjacks Named NSCA All-American Athlete Award Recipients COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and Muscle Milk announced that four Northern Arizona student-athletes were named 2014 All-American Athlete Award recipients. Football seniors Drew Emanuel and Kyle Walker, soccer senior Elinor Priest, and volleyball junior Sydney Kemper were all recognized by the organization.
  • NAU Athletics Reaches 100 Percent Staff Giving
    July 10, 2014
    NAU Athletics Reaches 100 Percent Staff Giving FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona University Athletics is proud to announce that its department has achieved 100 percent staff giving for the 2013-14 school year for the first time in school history.
  • NAU Captures Men’s and Women’s Big Sky All-Sports Trophy
    May 19, 2014
    NAU Captures Men’s and Women’s Big Sky All-Sports Trophy OGDEN, Utah – Northern Arizona has captured both the men’s and women’s Big Sky All-Sports Trophies, the conference office announced Monday. The Lumberjacks went into the outdoor track championship with the lead, and a sweep by the men’s and women’s teams this past weekend secured NAU the win on both sides. The sweep is the first true sweep by any school since 2000-01.
  • NAU Student-Athletes Exceed Community Service Goal for 2013-14 Academic Year
    May 16, 2014
    NAU Student-Athletes Exceed Community Service Goal for 2013-14 Academic Year FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona University student-athletes have been a bright sight to see in the Flagstaff community and surrounding areas. The Lumberjack student-athletes take pride in giving back, and this past school year was no exception.
  • Women’s Tennis and Swimming & Diving Rank in Top 10 Percent
    May 14, 2014
    Women’s Tennis and Swimming & Diving Rank in Top 10 Percent INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Northern Arizona women’s tennis and swimming & diving were both honored by the NCAA for earning Public Recognition Awards, based on their most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rate. These awards are given each year to teams with APRs in the top 10 percent in each sport. This is the second straight year women’s tennis has received the honor.
  • Forty-Three Student-Athletes to Receive Degrees This Weekend
    May 09, 2014
    Forty-Three Student-Athletes to Receive Degrees This Weekend FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Forty-three Northern Arizona student-athletes will receive their degrees from the university this weekend as part of the Spring 2014 commencement ceremonies. When adding in the 15 student-athletes who participated in the Fall 2013 commencement ceremonies, the NAU Athletics Department produced a total of 58 graduates for the 2013-14 academic year.
  • Volleyball Inks Elite Junior College Setter for 2014
    May 06, 2014
    Volleyball Inks Elite Junior College Setter for 2014 FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – With just one setter on next season's roster, the Northern Arizona volleyball team needed depth at the position and found it in Jordan Leiter, who signed her National Letter of Intent to play for the Lumberjacks in 2014 following two accomplished seasons at Central Arizona College.
  • NAU Volleyball Adds to Its Attack
    May 02, 2014
    NAU Volleyball Adds to Its Attack FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona volleyball team was one of the top hitting teams in the Big Sky last season and with an eye towards the future, the Lumberjacks have added Brittni Dorsey to their wealth of hitters. Dorsey is slated to begin her NAU career as a middle blocker, but also comes in with experience on the outside.
  • Lumberjacks Walk the Carpet in Night of Celebration
    May 01, 2014
    Lumberjacks Walk the Carpet in Night of Celebration FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona University Student-Athlete Advisory Committee held the inaugural Louies awards show Wednesday night at the Prochnow Auditorium to celebrate the year that was in NAU Athletics. It was a night of celebration, honoring and recognizing all of the Lumberjack student-athletes for their success in the classroom, in competition and in the community.
  • NAU Athletics May Student-Athlete Spotlight
    May 01, 2014
    NAU Athletics May Student-Athlete Spotlight FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Patrick Baldenegro of the football team and Taylor Stephens of the volleyball team are featured in Lumberjack Academics' monthly student-athlete spotlight for the month of May.
  • Former Cal Poly Libero Joining Lumberjacks for 2014
    April 29, 2014
    Former Cal Poly Libero Joining Lumberjacks for 2014 FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona volleyball team landed an experienced Division-I transfer to bolster their defensive back row in Stacia Williams, a three-year member of Cal Poly’s volleyball team. Williams will be a redshirt junior in the fall after receiving a medical redshirt in 2013.
  • Vote for the 2013-14 Moment of the Year
    April 24, 2014
    Vote for the 2013-14 Moment of the Year FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The 2013-14 year was filled with highlights and memories. Now you – the fans, family and all Lumberjack faithful – have the chance to vote for what you believe is the NAU Moment of the Year.
  • Catching Up with Coach Ken Murphy
    April 23, 2014
    Catching Up with Coach Ken Murphy FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – On July 1, 2013, Ken Murphy was hired as the 11th head volleyball coach in Northern Arizona program history. Less than two months later, the Lumberjacks took to the court for their first match of the 2013 season.
  • Jacobsen, Smith Named Golden Eagle Top Scholar-Athletes
    April 15, 2014
    Jacobsen, Smith Named Golden Eagle Top Scholar-Athletes FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona University Athletics Department held its 36th annual Golden Eagle Awards Tuesday at the High Country Conference Center to recognize its student-athletes for their stellar work in the classroom. Golden Eagle Distributors, Inc., honored 199 Lumberjack student-athletes for their scholastic and athletic accomplishments. The award recognizes student-athletes who maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average.
  • Lumberjacks Host Sun Devils on Saturday in Spring Finale
    April 10, 2014
    Lumberjacks Host Sun Devils on Saturday in Spring Finale FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona volleyball team welcomes Arizona State to the Rolle Activity Center on Saturday for their final match of the spring season. Fans are encouraged to attend as the match will be open to the public with free admission for all in attendance. The match will begin at 11:30 a.m.
  • Volleyball Heads to Albuquerque to Open Spring
    April 02, 2014
    Volleyball Heads to Albuquerque to Open Spring FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona volleyball team opens their brief spring schedule this weekend in Albuquerque, N.M. at the New Mexico Spring Tournament with four matches on Saturday. The Lumberjacks will play host New Mexico in addition to West Texas A&M and Adams State with their first match of the day against UNM alums at 9 a.m. Flagstaff time.
  • Lumberjack Student-Athletes Volunteer with Winter Games
    February 27, 2014
    Lumberjack Student-Athletes Volunteer with Winter Games FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Last Friday and Saturday, the Northern Arizona football, volleyball and soccer teams volunteered with the Special Olympics Winter Games here in Flagstaff at a variety of locations. In all, 25 student-athletes volunteered a total of 94.5 hours over the two days.
  • 35 NAU Student-Athletes Named Big Sky Fall All-Academic
    January 24, 2014
    35 NAU Student-Athletes Named Big Sky Fall All-Academic OGDEN, Utah – The Northern Arizona football, volleyball, soccer and men's and women's cross country teams placed a total of 35 student-athletes on the fall 2013 Big Sky All-Academic Teams as recognized by the conference office.
  • NAU Athletics Hosts 2nd Annual National Girls & Women in Sports Day
    January 22, 2014
    NAU Athletics Hosts 2nd Annual National Girls & Women in Sports Day FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona athletics department will once again celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day for the second consecutive year with a celebration that will stretch over two weekends in February. The celebration will begin on Saturday, Feb. 8, with a Youth Sports Symposium in conjunction with the NAU men’s basketball game against Southern Utah that night and will continue the following weekend with a meet and greet and halftime recognition at the NAU women’s basketball game against Eastern Washington. The clinic on Feb. 8 is open to all youth, both boys and girls, in 1st-8th grade and requires pre-registration.
  • Fifteen Student-Athletes Participate in Fall Commencement
    December 19, 2013
    Fifteen Student-Athletes Participate in Fall Commencement FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Fifteen Northern Arizona University student-athletes participated in Thursday’s Fall 2013 commencement ceremonies at the Walkup Skydome and were commissioned degrees.
  • 2013 NAU Volleyball Recap - The First Year in a New Era
    December 09, 2013
    2013 NAU Volleyball Recap - The First Year in a New Era FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The 2013 season may have ended prematurely for the Northern Arizona volleyball team, but it was a season filled with many successes.
  • Volleyball's Rally Comes Up Just Short in BSC Quarterfinals
    November 29, 2013
    Volleyball's Rally Comes Up Just Short in BSC Quarterfinals PORTLAND, Ore. – The Northern Arizona volleyball team furiously rallied back from a 2-0 deficit but came up short in their comeback to advance to the Big Sky Championship semifinals. Montana held on for a five-set win, 25-16, 25-22, 20-25, 21-25, 15-10, in the face of the Lumberjacks' comeback bid Saturday afternoon at the Peter W. Stott Center.
  • Vander Ploeg, Kemper Earn All-Big Sky Honors
    November 28, 2013
    Vander Ploeg, Kemper Earn All-Big Sky Honors OGDEN, Utah – On the eve of the Big Sky Championships, the Northern Arizona volleyball team placed two players on the All-Big Sky teams on Thursday as voted on by the conference's head coaches. Sophomore Janae Vander Ploeg was selected to the All-Big Sky first team while junior Sydney Kemper was named an All-Big Sky second team selection, giving the Lumberjacks multiple all-conference players for the third consecutive year.
  • Volleyball Heads to Portland With Big Sky Title Aspirations
    November 27, 2013
    Volleyball Heads to Portland With Big Sky Title Aspirations FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Two losses to close out the regular season may not have been the ending the Northern Arizona volleyball team (19-10, 13-7 Big Sky) would have preferred, but the Lumberjacks turn their attentions to the Big Sky Championships hungry for a title. In search of just their second Big Sky championship, the No. 4 seeded Lumberjacks begin their chase on Friday at 1:05 p.m. with a quarterfinal matchup against No. 5 Montana. A win would set up a semifinal date with host and top-seeded Portland State Friday night at 8 p.m. before a potential championship match on Saturday at 8 p.m.
  • Volleyball Adds Grimsrud, Jorgenson & Laufasa for 2014
    November 26, 2013
    Volleyball Adds Grimsrud, Jorgenson & Laufasa for 2014 FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona volleyball team will bring in three talented incoming freshmen to join the program next fall as announced by Ken Murphy on Monday. Emma Grimsrud (Regina, Saskatchewan), Kaylie Jorgenson (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) and Reese Laufasa (Bothell, Wash.) will join what will be another talented Lumberjack squad that will lose just two seniors heading into 2014 season.
  • Volleyball Drops Five-Setter at Northern Colorado
    November 23, 2013
    Volleyball Drops Five-Setter at Northern Colorado GREELEY, Colo. – The Northern Arizona volleyball team will enter next week's Big Sky Championships in Portland, Ore. as the No. 4 seed after suffering a tough five-set loss at Northern Colorado, 25-17, 23-25, 27-25, 23-25, 15-13, in their regular season finale. NAU (19-10, 13-7 Big Sky) will face No. 5 Montana, a team it defeated twice in the regular season, in the opening round of the conference tournament next Friday.
  • Volleyball Swept at North Dakota
    November 21, 2013
    Volleyball Swept at North Dakota GRAND FORKS, N.D. – The Northern Arizona volleyball team struggled to avoid critical runs by North Dakota and was swept Thursday night, 25-15, 25-16, 25-18 to fall to 13-6 in Big Sky play with one final regular season match remaining on Saturday at Northern Colorado.
  • Volleyball Hits the Road for Final Week of Regular Season
    November 19, 2013
    Volleyball Hits the Road for Final Week of Regular Season FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The Northern Arizona volleyball team concludes the regular season this week on the road at North Dakota on Thursday and Northern Colorado on Saturday with a berth in the Big Sky Championships in hand. The Lumberjacks clinched one of the six spots with a victory over Montana last Thursday, which they followed with a victory over Montana State on Senior Night. NAU currently finds itself in a tie for third place holding the tiebreaker over Idaho State entering the final week of the season.
  • Volleyball Blitzes Montana State for Senior Night Triumph
    November 16, 2013
    Volleyball Blitzes Montana State for Senior Night Triumph FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – In front of a crowd of 602, the second-highest home attendance this season, the Northern Arizona volleyball team sent their two seniors – Lexie Schroeder and Erin Truett – out with a win in their final home match. The Lumberjacks clicked on all cylinders and wrapped up their home schedule in style defeating Montana State, 24-26, 25-19, 25-21, 25-17. NAU (19-8, 13-5 Big Sky) finished with an 11-2 record at the Rolle Activity Center, equaling the program-best for home victories in a season.
  • Volleyball to Host Montana State Saturday for Senior Night
    November 15, 2013
    Volleyball to Host Montana State Saturday for Senior Night FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The 2013 Northern Arizona volleyball team has navigated their way and overcome a number of obstacles throughout the season. The Lumberjacks have endured several injuries to a roster just 11 players deep. The squad returned just three starters from last year's Big Sky semifinal team and was young and relatively inexperienced. There was also a brand new coaching staff that needed to incorporate themselves into the program.
  • NAU Clinches BSC Tourney Berth, Murphy Wins No. 100 With Victory Over Montana
    November 14, 2013
    NAU Clinches BSC Tourney Berth, Murphy Wins No. 100 With Victory Over Montana FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – For the second consecutive season, the Northern Arizona volleyball team is headed to the postseason as they clinched a spot in the Big Sky Championship tournament Thursday night by defeating Montana in four sets, 25-19, 25-20, 21-25, 26-24. Sophomore Janae Vander Ploeg returned to the lineup after a one-match absence and the Lumberjack defense was solid as the team also helped seal up head coach Ken Murphy's 100th career victory.
  • Volleyball Preps for Final Home Week with Big Sky Tourney Bid in Sight
    November 12, 2013
    Volleyball Preps for Final Home Week with Big Sky Tourney Bid in Sight FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - After a road trip in which they dropped two of their three matches across three states last week, the Northern Arizona volleyball team returns home for their final two home matches of the season. The Lumberjacks will host Montana and Montana State this Thursday and Saturday at the Rolle Activity Center in the final two home matches for their two graduating seniors - Lexie Schroeder and Erin Truett. NAU enters the week tied for third in the Big Sky Conference with Idaho State and is seeking its second consecutive trip to the conference tournament with two weeks remaining in the regular season.
  • Volleyball Falls to Portland State in Four Sets
    November 09, 2013
    Volleyball Falls to Portland State in Four Sets PORTLAND, Ore. – Playing shorthanded, the Northern Arizona volleyball team was able to pull out a first set victory Saturday night, but Portland State proved to be victorious in the end winning in four sets, 24-26, 25-12, 25-19, 25-17. The Vikings dealt the Lumberjacks their fifth conference loss as NAU will carry an 11-5 Big Sky mark into its final two home matches of the season next week.
  • Volleyball Bounces Back with Sweep of Eastern Washington
    November 07, 2013
    Volleyball Bounces Back with Sweep of Eastern Washington CHENEY, Wash. – The Northern Arizona volleyball team battled through a feisty Eastern Washington squad Thursday night to successfully bounce back from its loss on Monday to sweep the Eagles, 25-20, 25-22, 26-24. With the win, the Lumberjacks picked up their fifth victory in their last six matches and saw their record move to 17-7 overall, 11-4 in Big Sky play.
  • Volleyball Faces Quick Turnaround to the Pacific Northwest
    November 05, 2013
    Volleyball Faces Quick Turnaround to the Pacific Northwest FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The Northern Arizona volleyball team continues its three-match road trip this week hoping to bounce back from a tough five-set loss at Southern Utah on Monday. The loss snapped the Lumberjacks’ four-match win streak and dropped them into third place in the conference standings with three weeks remaining in the regular season. NAU takes on Eastern Washington on Thursday and Portland State on Saturday, two teams in which it swept at home last month.
  • Four Players Double-Up in Volleyball's Loss at Southern Utah
    November 04, 2013
    Four Players Double-Up in Volleyball's Loss at Southern Utah CEDAR CITY, Utah – Four Lumberjacks posted double-doubles, but the Northern Arizona volleyball team saw its four-match win streak come to an end Monday night at Southern Utah, 25-18, 24-26, 25-20, 19-25, 15-10, to begin its three-match road trip this week. The Lumberjacks fell into third place in the Big Sky standings heading into their match at Eastern Washington on Thursday.
  • Vander Ploeg, Lofstedt Lifts Volleyball to Fourth Straight Win
    November 02, 2013
    Vander Ploeg, Lofstedt Lifts Volleyball to Fourth Straight Win FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona volleyball ran a consistent offense throughout its match Saturday night in winning its fourth consecutive match, 25-21, 25-19, 26-24. Sophomore Janae Vander Ploeg and freshman Addy Lofstedt combined for 28 of the Lumberjacks' 40 kills as NAU improved to 16-6 overall and 10-3 in the conference by sweeping Sacramento State. The Lumberjacks remain in a tie for second place with three weeks left in the regular season.
  • Volleyball Hosts Sac State Saturday Before Hitting the Road
    October 31, 2013
    Volleyball Hosts Sac State Saturday Before Hitting the Road FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The Northern Arizona volleyball team makes a brief stop back at home at the Rolle Activity Center on Saturday versus Sacramento State before hitting the road once again at Southern Utah for the first of three road matches beginning Monday. The Lumberjacks are off to a good start in their current span of five out of six matches away from home after sweeping their first road trip since the opening weekend of the season.
  • Volleyball Rallies for Five-Set Comeback Win over Idaho State
    October 26, 2013
    Volleyball Rallies for Five-Set Comeback Win over Idaho State POCATELLO, Idaho – Down 2-0 to Idaho State on the road, the Northern Arizona volleyball team had its backs against the wall. The Bengals had not dropped a set at home this season at that point. Yet, the Lumberjacks stormed ahead and pulled off the five-set comeback by winning the final three sets in dramatic fashion to move into sole possession of second place in the Big Sky standings with a 14-25, 18-25, 25-20, 26-24, 16-14 victory Saturday night.
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