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October 2, 2010

Volleyball’s Win Streak Snapped by Northern Colorado

GREELEY, Colo. – Northern Arizona volleyball's win streak was halted at two after a 3-0 defeat at Northern Colorado on Saturday.  The Lumberjacks fell by sets of 25-15, 25-21, and 25-21.

NAU (6-8, 2-2 BSC) opened the first set with a 6-1 run but Northern Colorado (13-4, 4-0 BSC) quickly answered with five straight points to even the score at 6-6.  The Lumberjacks traded back and forth over the next six points before the Bears jumped ahead with a 7-0 run.  Northern Colorado limited NAU to only six more points in the set.

The Lumberjacks played Northern Colorado tight in the second set as neither team led by more than three till the final points of the set.  NAU held a 17-14 lead but Northern Colorado tied the set at 17-17 and again at 19-19 prior to a 6-2 run to close the set.

In the third set, Northern Colorado jumped out to an early led and kept NAU from mounting a comeback holding a six-point cushion for the majority of the final set. 

NAU hit .087 for the match compared to Northern Colorado who turned in a .277 team hitting percentage.  Sophomore Lauren Campbell led the Lumberjacks with nine kills and a .261 hitting percentage.  Northern Colorado's Ashley Lichtenberg led all players with 18 kills and a .500 hitting percentage.

The Lumberjacks return home next weekend hosting Montana and Montana State.  NAU plays Montana on Thursday, October 7 at 7 p.m. and Montana State on Saturday, October 9 at 7 p.m.

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.