KAYENTA, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona volleyball team brought the fun to Monument Valley High School on Saturday, and left with a bigger fan base following a full day of volleyball.
For the second consecutive year, the Lumberjacks made the two-and-a-half drive to Kayenta to share their passion with the youth of the Navajo Nation. Saturday started with a pair of clinics that was received with positive response. Roughly 140 kids participated in the two clinics – an increase from about 100 last year – and learned skill training from the NAU student-athletes. The participants then used their new skills in a competitive setting.
"It feels like this is really growing," said head coach Ken Murphy. "There's such a good response to our program. Having those young athletes learn from the great role models that we have in our program is special. We're excited to keep growing it, but we're impressed with how it's been received so far. This is a really important thing to impact our community."
After the youth exhibited their stuff, it was the Lumberjacks' turn as they treated the families in attendance to a free spring match versus Fort Lewis College. In four spirited sets, NAU got its exhibition season under way in front of a community rich in prep volleyball tradition.
For photos from Saturday, click on the link above.