NAU senior outside hitter Taylor Jacobsen will miss the remainder of the 2022 volleyball season due to injury, she confirmed on an Instagram Reel last Friday.
“Lumberjack nation, as some of you may already know, and as much as it pains me to say, I will not be playing for the remainder of the season due to injury,” Jacobsen said in her post. “I want to thank everyone for the continued love and support throughout my journey this year! I wouldn’t be the player or person I am today without all of the people around me. As for volleyball, this is not a goodbye, simply just a see you later. #4out”
Her announcement came after she missed NAU’s match vs Sacramento State in Rolle Activity Center last Thursday, which the Lumberjacks lost in five sets. Jacobsen missed the previous match against Weber State in Ogden, Utah, her first absence of the season.
Jacobsen had been dealing with a lingering back issue that was one of a handful of injuries NAU has dealt with this year. The Lumberjacks had to cancel four matches this season, including its appearance in the North Dakota State Tournament Sept. 9 and 10.
A back-to-back Big Sky Volleyball All-Conference First Team player, Jacobsen had put together a solid start to the season before her injury. The senior reached 1,000 career kills in a five-set loss against New Mexico, becoming the 16th Lumberjack in history to hit the milestone. She also had a career-high 27 kills in the match.
In Jacobsen’s last outing against Montana, she surpassed her previous career-high with 28 kills in yet another five-set loss.
Across eight matches, Jacobsen racked in 154 kills and 61 digs. She leads the Big Sky with 5.13 kills per set, over a kill more than the next player on the list, Montana sophomore outside hitter Paige Clark. Jacobsen leads the conference in points per set as well.
Jacobsen is currently 15th on the all-time NAU kills list with a total of 1,037, trailing Lexi Sullivan (2008-2012) by nine kills.
A senior, Jacobsen entered the season with one more year of eligibility via a COVID-19 season waiver.
NAU (1-10, 0-4 Big Sky) is tied for its slowest ever start in a season. The Lumberjacks also started 1-10 in 1990. They will look for its first conference win of the season at home against Northern Colorado (8-7, 2-2 Big Sky) Saturday, Oct. 8 at 6:30 p.m. MST at Rolle Activity Center during Family Weekend.