Volleyball Evens Big Sky Record at 1-1, Beats Weber State 3-1

Volleyball Evens Big Sky Record at 1-1, Beats Weber State 3-1

OGDEN, Utah – Northern Arizona volleyball registered its first Big Sky Conference win defeating Weber State, 3-1, at Swenson Gym on Saturday.  The Lumberjacks won for the second consecutive time at Weber State by sets of 25-23, 20-25, 25-15, and 25-23.

In the first set, NAU (5-7, 1-1 BSC) came back from an early deficit to tie the score at 6-6.  Weber State (2-10, 0-1 BSC) went on a five-point run but NAU was able to slowly cut down the lead.  Two late kills from junior Kobi Christensen helped push the Lumberjacks to a first set win. 

Weber State evened the match at 1-1 in the second set outhitting NAU .231 to .087.  The Lumberjacks trailed early in the second as well but once again were able to come back forcing several ties and lead changes.  Unlike the first, the Wildcats closed the set on a 7-1 run after NAU led 19-18.

The third set opened in line with the previous two before the Lumberjacks put together a 9-0 run with the score tied at 7-7.  NAU kept its lead and closed the set with a double digit win. 

The Lumberjacks clinched the match in the fourth in the closest set of the night with no team holding more than a two point lead.  The set produced 17 ties and six lead changes.  NAU took the lead for good after senior Chelsea Cheeley put the Lumberjacks up 22-21 with one of her eight kills on the night.

Sophomore Kelli Dallmann turned in a match-high 47 assists for NAU feeding Christensen and Niki Small who led the Lumberjacks on Saturday in kills and hitting percentage, respectively.  Christensen posted her second double-double of the year with 15 kills and 13 digs while Small totaled 11 kills hitting .304 on the night. 

Sophomore Jen Wilson also turned in big numbers with 13 kills and a .286 hitting percentage.

NAU posted a .203 team hitting percentage and kept Weber State under .200 for a team hitting percentage of .189.  The Lumberjacks hit over .200 in three out of the four sets and adjusted to Weber State's strong hitting in the first and second sets to ensure the win.

The Lumberjacks next match will be at home in the Rolle Activity Center on Saturday, September 25 against Sacramento State.  The match is schedule for a 7 p.m. start.

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