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August 27, 2010

Volleyball Edged Out by Southern Utah

LARAMIE, Wyo. - Northern Arizona volleyball played Southern Utah tight for five sets but lost 3-2 at the UniWyo Sports Complex on Saturday.  The Lumberjacks fell by sets of 20-25, 25-22, 25-22, 19-25, and 11-15. 

NAU (1-2) dropped its second match at the Wyoming Invitational after splitting its two opening matches on Friday.  

The Lumberjacks lost a close first set then fought back to win the next two.  Southern Utah (2-1) answered in the fourth set evening the score at 2-2.  The Thunderbirds led wire to wire in the fifth set to clinch the match. 

NAU totaled a .136 hitting percentage for the match while Southern Utah finished at .202.  Junior Kobi Christensen led the Lumberjacks with 14 kills (2.8 kps).  Freshman Niki Small added 11 kills (2.2 kps) and was the only other NAU player in double digit kills. 

Sophomore Anna Gott turned in a season-high 28 digs (5.6 dps) and sophomore Kelli Dallmann totaled 48 assists (9.6 aps).

DID YOU KNOW...The Lumberjacks' 3.16 cumulative GPA was the highest since department grades have been tracked starting in 1997 and marked the 11th semester in the last 12 overall the NAU student-athletes have recorded a 3.00 cumulative GPA. Since 1998, NAU student athletes have earned a 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher in 21 of the 23 semesters.