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The Northern Arizona football team climbed eight spots to No. 16 in the latest FCS Coaches Top 25, which was released Monday.

The Lumberjacks, who are currently on a six-game winning streak, earned 201 points in the poll – 57 behind No. 15 Samford.

In addition, this week's STATS FCS Top 25 saw Northern Arizona ranked for the first time this season as the Lumberjacks checked in at No. 18 while receiving 1,134 points.

The pair of national rankings represented the highest that the Jacks have been ranked since they checked in at No. 8 on Nov. 30, 2013.

Northern Arizona currently boasts an overall record of 6-2, which includes a perfect 5-0 mark in Big Sky Conference action. The Lumberjacks' current six-game winning streak represents the program's longest since it won six consecutive during the 2013 campaign – which also marked the last time they qualified for the NCAA FCS Playoffs.

Northern Arizona is one of four Big Sky teams ranked in both the FCS Coaches Poll and the STATS Top 25 along with Eastern Washington, Weber State and Southern Utah.

The Lumberjacks return to action next weekend as they hit the road to take on the University of Montana in a 2:30 p.m. kickoff from Missoula. The Big Sky clash will be televised live on ROOT Sports and will also be available via the Lumberjack Radio Network beginning with the pregame show at 1:30 p.m. MST.


VOLLEYBALL

After sweeping its weekend matches, the Northern Arizona volleyball team swept the conference's Player of the Week awards on Monday. Sophomore Abby Akin was selected as the Offensive Player of the Week, while freshman Heaven Harris earned the Defensive honor.

Both players were vital in NAU's perfect weekend as the Jacks knocked off Sacramento State and Portland State – two teams who had a combined two conference losses between them at the start of the week.

For Akin, it marked her third career weekly honor but first on the offensive side -- she received the defensive award twice as a freshman last season. She was a force in the middle in the Lumberjacks' victories last week. Akin hit .429 – the best among all Lumberjacks – and totaled 27 kills at an average of 3.00 per set in the two matches.

Meanwhile, Harris was honored by the conference office for the first time in her career following a season-best blocking effort. In addition to another dominant offensive performance that included 32 kills on .358 hitting, Harris' blocking was absolutely critical in leading the Jacks to a pair of victories over the league's top two teams in terms of kills.

Catch Akin and Harris in action along with the rest of the Lumberjack volleyball team at home in the Rolle Activity Center on Thursday versus Weber State at 7 p.m.

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