The Northern Arizona volleyball team landed an experienced Division-I transfer to bolster its 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.

“The first thing is that Stacia gives us immediate competition at that spot,” said head coach Ken Murphy. “She’s a really good, experienced player and she’s played for some high-level coaches. I think coming in she’ll fit in our systems quickly and vie for a spot.”

Williams, a 5-6 libero from La Habra Heights, Calif., played in 36 matches with four starts over the last three seasons at Cal Poly.

Although Williams was limited to just one set this past fall, she was a steady contributor to the Mustangs, averaging 1.43 digs per set over the course of her first two years. She compiled a total of 127 digs while totaling nine service aces, eight assists and three kills during her career at Cal Poly.

Williams recorded three matches with double-digit digs including a career-best 15 versus Tulsa as a true freshman. She also competed this spring with Cal Poly’s inaugural sand volleyball team playing at the No. 4 and 5 spots.

“This will be an easy transition for her,” Murphy said. “One of the big things she brings is maturity to our team. She is someone who understands how to play at a high level, but has the work ethic in place to continue to get better.”

FOOTBALL

Seniors Drew Emanuel and Kyle Walker received academic recognition Tuesday, as they became members of the National Football Foundation (NFF) 2014 Hampshire Honor Society, which is comprised of college football players from all divisions of play who each maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college career. A total of 838 players from 267 schools qualified for membership in the society’s eighth year, setting a new record for the number of members in the history of the program, which began in 2007.

Student-athletes must achieve a 3.2 cumulative grade point average throughout their entire course of undergraduate study, as well as be a starter or a significant contributor in one’s last year of eligibility.

Emanuel played in 41 total games for NAU with 21 starts. He earned 2012 Honorable Mention All-Big Sky accolades and was named a Valley of the Sun Chapter – NFF Scholar-Athlete. Emanuel was a member of the NAU Football Leadership Council, while completing over 33.5 total hours of community service. He is majoring in criminal justice and would like to pursue a career in law enforcement.

Walker, a four-year standout for NAU, was a three-time Dean’s List honoree and was named to the 2013 Big Sky Fall All-Academic Team. He also earned 2011 All-Big Sky Honorable Mention accolades. Walker started every game his final three seasons and was an essential part of the Lumberjacks’ offensive line. He will graduate with a degree in criminology and criminal justice, with a minor in sociology.

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