Note: This is the fourth of four releases introducing NAU's five spring additions for the 2014 season.
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.
Jacobsen, an in-state product out of Chandler's Hamilton High School, transfers to NAU following a season at San Jose State. Jacobsen started 22 of 30 matches in her first collegiate season and ranked third on the Spartans in kills with 2.37 per set. The 6-0 outside hitter also ranked third with 15 service aces while averaging 1.79 digs and 0.41 blocks per set. Her impressive first season included four double-doubles and she recorded 12 double-digit kill matches highlighted by a 20 kills, 17 digs performance versus Nevada. Jacobsen also competed during the spring on San Jose State's inaugural sand volleyball team.
"I've actually known Lauren since when she was in club and I thought the opportunity to have her come to NAU was a great one for our program," said head coach Ken Murphy. "She fits our ideals. She's really athletic, is a hard worker and she learns fast. She's dedicated to being an outstanding volleyball player, so to me it was a really easy fit when it became available."
Guerrero will continue to bolster the depth in the NAU back row as she brings a decorated prep career. Guerrero, a 5-3 product out of Honolulu, Hawaii, was a four-year starter and letterwinner at libero at Maryknoll High School in the 50th state. She was two-time All-State Second Team selection and she also was a vital player on her club teams at the national level. Playing for 'Imi 'Ike Volleyball Club, she helped her 17U team to an 11th-place finish at the Junior National Championships. As a member of her 14U club team with Ka Ulukoa Volleyball Academy, she helped her team win the national championship at the AAU and Junior National Championships while also being named to the All-AAU Tournament team.
"Kayla is a really experienced player and she has great speed," Murphy said. "She has good athleticism and her experience in the game will add some depth to us right away."
The Lumberjacks will have seven new faces in fall camp entering with a wide-range of experience and talent. With three transfers – two from the Division I level – and four highly talented freshmen, the Lumberjacks will have the depth to take their game to the next level in 2014.
"We were looking to add short and long term depth at all positions and we've done that," Murphy said. "We're going to be very competitive at every position on the court. We've been able to add experience at positions where we were a little inexperienced and athletes at all positions who will help us in the long run. We expect our gym to be very competitive when practice starts in August."