Volleyball, Christensen Defeat Texas A&M Corpus Christi in Home Opener

Volleyball, Christensen Defeat Texas A&M Corpus Christi in Home Opener

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Junior Kobi Christensen totaled 20 kills with a .533 hitting percentage to lift Northern Arizona women's volleyball to its first home victory over Texas A&M Corpus Christi, 3-1, at the Rolle Activity Center on Friday.  With the win, Christensen put the Lumberjacks in contention for their 11th team title at the 18th Annual Fiesta Bowl Tournament.

"The team played hard at the end and showed a lot of heart after losing the third set," said head coach Craig Choate.  "They had a good performance, and Kobi played a great game for us."

NAU (2-3) opened a 2-0 lead, winning the opening sets 25-20 and 25-16.  As a team, the Lumberjacks hit .269 in the first set and a season-high .375 in the second.  

"We got off to a nice start, but made some mistakes after that," Choate said.  "That is going to happen when you have freshman and sophomores out there.  We are going to need to grind out wins and we did that tonight."

Texas A&M Corpus Christi (1-4) won the third set, 25-20, but NAU answered in the fourth and deciding set.  Christensen turned in seven of her 20 kills in the fourth set pushing NAU to a 25-22 win.  On the night, she converted 20-of-30 attacks for a .533 hitting percentage.  Her kill total and hitting percentage were both career highs.

"It was an amazing feeling to have the crowd behind us," said Christensen.  "Kelli (Dallmann) did a great job and the team played really well tonight.  We need to rest up and get ready for tomorrow."

Dallmann collected a match-high 46 assists (11.5 aps) while Anna Gott led defensively with 20 digs (5.0 dps).  Lauren Campbell posted her first double-double of the year with 11 kills and 11 digs.

The Lumberjacks play two matches on Saturday, September 4 to close out the Fiesta Bowl Tournament.  NAU faces Rider (1-1) at noon followed by Maryland Eastern Shore (1-4) at 7 p.m. in the tournament finale.  Rider defeated UMES in Friday's early match, 3-0.

DID YOU KNOW…Thirty-nine Northern Arizona University student-athletes participated in spring commencement ceremonies on the NAU campus and were commissioned degrees as part of the Class of 2010.