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Volleyball’s Win Streak Snapped by Portland State

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona volleyball’s upset weekend was halted with a 3-0 loss to Portland State on Saturday night at the Rolle Activity Center. After defeating first place Eastern Washington on Thursday, the Lumberjacks were downed by scores of 25-22, 25-14, and 25-20.

“We didn’t come out as fired up as we did on Thursday,” said freshman outside hitter Jen Wilson. “We almost had the third game, but couldn’t get that one win tonight.”

NAU (6-11, 3-5 BSC) played the Vikings tough early on and held the lead for the first half of set one; however, Portland State (12-7, 6-2 BSC) answered behind the strong play of Erica Jepsen and Whitney Phillips who combined for nine kills in the opening set.

Portland State hit well throughout the match and exploded in the second set hitting .696. Down 2-0, the Lumberjacks fought back in the final set hitting .286 as a team, but the Vikings were ultimately too much to handle and closed the match with a 3-0 sweep.

“We wanted to come out and take this game and really shake up conference,” Wilson said. “Overall we are happy with the weekend, but we didn’t play like we should have tonight.”

The Lumberjacks will look to rebound in their only match next week against Sacramento State (12-9, 3-3 BSC) on Thursday, October 22. NAU lost at Sacramento State 3-1 in their first meeting this fall. The match is schedule for a 7:05 p.m. start at the Rolle Activity Center.

“We have to come out with as much energy as we did against Eastern Washington and really show the conference we are not the team that was ranked seventh in the preseason,” said Wilson in regards to the rest of the conference season. “We have to come out and do it.”

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