LARAMIE, Wyo. – Northern Arizona women's volleyball defeated Murray State, 3-1, at the UniWyo Sports Complex on Friday night. The Lumberjacks evened their record at 1-1 after completing the first day of the Wyoming Invitational. NAU won by sets of 25-22, 18-25, 25-23, and 25-18.
"It is nice to get that first win out of the way," said head coach Craig Choate. "We played better in the second match today but we need to get better if we want to play with Southern Utah and Wyoming tomorrow. They are both talented teams."
Kelli Dallmann posted her first double-double of the season with 52 assists (13.0 aps) and 10 digs (2.5 dps). The sophomore from Peoria, Ariz., split time between outsider and setter last fall, but played the majority of today's matches at setter.
The Lumberjacks had a trio of players post double-digit kills. Sophomore Lexi Sullivan led all players with 15 kills (3.75 kps) followed by junior Kobi Christensen with 14 (3.5 kps). Freshman Niki Small collected 12 kills (3.0 kps) with a match-high .500 hitting percentage.
NAU turned in a .288 team hitting percentage against Murray State converting 57-of-141 attacks. The Lumberjacks hit just .088 as a team against Central Arkansas in their opening match.
Friday night's victory moved head coach Craig Choate a win closer to the 300th of his career. Choate, in his 20th year as a head coach, now sits at 297 all-time wins.
NAU plays two matches on Saturday, August 28 to close out the Wyoming Invitational. The Lumberjacks face Southern Utah at 9 a.m. and Wyoming at 1:30 p.m.