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September 11, 2010

Volleyball Drops 3-0 Match to No. 24 Arizona

RENO, Nev. – Northern Arizona dropped its third consecutive match at the Nevada Wolfpack Invitational with a 3-0 loss to No. 24 Arizona at Virginia Street Gym on Saturday. The Lumberjacks were downed by sets of 25-15, 26-24, and 25-16.

NAU (4-6) hit .156 in the first set but Arizona (7-2) came out faster hitting a match-high .462 in the opening set. The Wildcats led wire-to-wire in the first.

The Lumberjacks came back in the second with a six-point run to tie the match at 16-16 before taking the lead later in the second set, 23-21. NAU could not close out the Wildcats who ended the second set on a 5-1 run.

In the third and final set, the Lumberjacks were down just a point at 11-10 before Arizona once again quickly opened up a six-point lead and finished the set on a 14-6 run.

Junior Kobi Christensen and sophomore Lexi Sullivan led NAU with 11 kills (3.7 kps) a piece. Sullivan hit .308 for the match while Christensen, last week's Big Sky Player of the Week, hit .143.

Kelli Dallmann had her best match of the tournament recording the Lumberjacks' only double-double. The sophomore setter turned in 28 assists (9.3 aps) and 10 digs (3.3 dps).

The Lumberjacks finished the Nevada Wolfpack Invitational 0-3 with losses to Nevada, 3-1, and Pacific, 3-0 on Friday, September 10 and the 3-0 loss to No. 24 Arizona on Saturday, September 11.

With the completion of the Wolfpack Invitaional, the Lumberjacks now turn to the start of the Big Sky Conference regular season next weekend. The team travels to Idaho State and Weber State on Friday, September 17 and Saturday, September 18, respectively.

DID YOU KNOW…Student-athletes, coaches and athletic department staff combined to volunteer more than 4,500 hours over the 2009-10 academic year, assisting with events like Red Ribbon Week, Relay for Life, Welcome Back Jacks, St. Mary's Food Bank, Adopt a Family, Climb to Conquer Cancer. In all, the department participated with more than 20 different organizations and/or events.