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‘Demon Delight’ finals nearly set as Arneson, Walker do battle
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Northwestern State senior track and field athlete Justin Walker competed in the 100 and 200 meters at the NCAA  Championships in June. Photo by Rick Morgan/Northwestern State.
Northwestern State senior track and field athlete Justin Walker competed in the 100 and 200 meters at the NCAA Championships in June. Photo by Rick Morgan/Northwestern State.
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Lady Demon volleyball athlete Keelie Arneson won Southland Conference Libero of the Year and Student-Athlete of the Year honors. Photo by Gary Hardamon/NSU Photographic Services.
Lady Demon volleyball athlete Keelie Arneson won Southland Conference Libero of the Year and Student-Athlete of the Year honors. Photo by Gary Hardamon/NSU Photographic Services.
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The Lady Demon volleyball team can claim both finals berths in the 2013-14 Demon Delights contest highlighting top Northwestern State sports achievements in the past year, after the squad's best-ever season in 2013 won its semifinal pairing thanks to an 88 percent landslide in Twitter voting.

Votes in the second semifinal, spotlighting outstanding individual performances, were casted on NSUDemons.com and on the @nsudemons Twitter account in a 48-hour window until 11:59 p.m. Wednesday.

The two remaining semifinalists are Keelie Arneson, whose outstanding season was a key to the volleyball team's success; and Justin Walker, who all by himself earned NSU 20th place in the NCAA men's team standings at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships by scoring 11 points in two events.

Advancing to the finals was the NSU volleyball team's best season ever, including 21 wins, a second-place finish in the Southland regular-season standings, and a charge to the Southland Tournament finals, where the Lady Demons fell just three points shy of making their own NCAA appearance, which would have been a first in the history of the program.

It moved on despite a 54-46 percent disadvantage in voting on NSUDemons.com. That went in favor of the Lady Demon basketball team's tremendous turnaround season that carried NSU to 21 wins and the NCAA Tournament.

Adding in the Twitter results, the volleyball team notched 55 percent of the votes cast.

Walker had a sensational week at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., with his efforts pushing NSU into 20th place in the national team standings. The senior sprinter was third in the 200 meter dash and fourth in a school record 10.12 in the 100, scoring 11 points for the Demons.

Walker's NCAA excellence will be matched against the outstanding volleyball season by Arneson, who was the Southland Conference Student-Athlete of the Year in her sport after winning Southland Libero of the Year honors as the Lady Demons posted their best-ever campaign.

Eight first round "Demon Delights" winners advanced to the quarterfinal matchups. In the the semifinals, where the voting window will return to a 48-hour span. The finalists will be open for voting for two days with the "2013-14 Demon Delight of the Year" announced just after voting ends at 11:59 p.m. Friday night.

The 2013-14 highlights feature one bracket filled almost completely with team accomplishments, and the other side showcasing spectacular individual performances.

The 16 "Demon Delights" of 2013-14 up for fan vote this month:

·Janelle Perez' last-second layup beats Lamar, Lady Demon basketball smashes SFA to win Southland tournament; plays Tennessee tough in NCAA Tournament (advanced to semifinals by fan vote)

·Softball repeats as Southland tournament champ, makes second straight NCAA appearance

·Women's tennis wins Southland regular-season championship, posts 20 wins for second time in school history; falls in Southland tournament final

-Baseball sets Southland record with 14-win improvement, ties school record with 17-game turnaround overall while winning 33 times (advanced to quarterfinals by fan vote)

·Volleyball's best-ever season carries Lady Demons to Southland Tournament final, just three points shy of first-ever NCAA tourney (advanced to finals by fan vote)

·Football starts a 3-1 November surge by knocking off No. 15/18 Central Arkansas 31-28 at Turpin Stadium for first win over a nationally-ranked FCS team since 2010

·Football returns Chief Caddo home with a 40-27 season-ending win in Turpin Stadium over Stephen F. Austin and posts best record since 2008 under first-year coach Jay Thomas (advanced to quarterfinals by fan vote)

·Instant impact for football: Quarterback Zach Adkins is Southland Newcomer of the Year while breaking seven school passing records; defensive end JeMarcus Marshall earns Freshman All-America honor

·Justin Walker's 9.95 100-meter dash time tops world list in winning three conference sprint titles at Southland Outdoor Championships (advanced to quarterfinals by fan vote)

·Pitcher Adam Oller wins Southland Conference Freshman of the Year and Freshman All-America honors for the Demon baseball team

·Stephen Spann carries a no-hitter into the eighth inning, four-hits regular-season Southland champ Sam Houston State as Demons eliminate eventual NCAA entry from conference tournament

· Keelie Arneson is voted Southland Conference Libero of the Year and SLC Volleyball Student-Athlete of the Year honors while helping the Lady Demons to their best-ever season (advanced to semifinals by fan vote)

·Finishing third in the 200 meter dash and fourth in the 100, Justin Walker scores 11 points for NSU at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, placing the Demons 20th in NCAA team standings (advanced to semifinals by fan vote)

·Zeek Woodley leads the nation's guards, finishes fourth overall in NCAA basketball stats for shooting aim (61.7 percent) while earning Southland Freshman of the Year honors

·After sweeping the long and triple jump titles at the Southland Indoor Championships, Emmanuel Williams finishes fourth in the long jump at the NCAA Championships, giving NSU its first indoor track and field All-American honor since 2004

·Jalan West earns Mid-Major All-America, Southland Defensive Player of the Year honors in a breakout sophomore season (advanced to quarterfinals by fan vote)
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