Volleyball Beats Rider, Improves to 2-0 at Fiesta Bowl Tournament

Volleyball Beats Rider, Improves to 2-0 at Fiesta Bowl Tournament

FLAGSTAFF, Arizona – Northern Arizona volleyball defeated Rider, 3-0, in the Lumberjacks first of two matches on Saturday at the Rolle Activity Center.  Junior Kobi Christensen turned in another breakout performance as the Lumberjacks moved to 2-0 at the Fiesta Bowl Tournament.

NAU (2-3) set the tone for the match in the first set opening a 13-1 lead that was later pushed to 20-3 before the Lumberjacks closed the set 25-8.  NAU did not give up more than 15 points to Rider in any set as the Lumberjacks won the second, 25-14, and third 25-12.

Christensen collected 15 kills (5.0 kps) with a .357 hitting percentage after posting 20 kills (5 kps) and a .533 hitting percentage in the Lumberjacks' win over Texas A&M Corpus Christi.  She again led all players in kills and hitting percentage.

The Lumberjacks hit a season-best .283 for the match and limited Rider (1-2) to a –.191 hitting percentage.  NAU converted 28-of-60 attacks with only 11 errors.  Rider hit 16-of-79 with 31 errors.

NAU plays Maryland Eastern Shore (1-4) in the Fiesta Bowl Tournament finale at 7 p.m.  UMES lost this morning, 3-1, to Texas A&M Corpus Christi.  Rider faces Texas A&M Corpus Christi (2-4) at 4:30 p.m. 

Through four matches, the Lumberjacks have the tournament's best record at 2-0.  Texas A&M Corpus Christi and Rider are 1-1 followed by Maryland Eastern Shore at 0-2.

DID YOU KNOW…Track and field's David McNeill won two individual national championships in 2010, winning the indoor and outdoor 5,000m, while finishing second in the 3,000m indoors and at the NCAA cross country meet.