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October 16, 2010

Volleyball Falls 3-0 at Portland State

PORTLAND, Ore. – Northern Arizona volleyball lost to Portland State, 3-0 at the Stott Center on Saturday in the Lumberjacks' second match in two nights.  NAU lost by sets of 25-22, 25-23, and 25-16.

NAU (7-11, 3-5 BSC) outhit Portland State in the opening set .242 to .125 but were unable to hold a lead at any point in the first.  The Vikings jumped ahead early and withstood several NAU runs including five straight points to cut the Portland State lead to 24-22.

In the second set, the Lumberjacks once again outhit Portland State combining for a .167 hitting percentage while the Vikings hit .152 in the set.  NAU led for the majority of the second holding a 23-19 lead before Portland State put together a 6-0 run to clinch the set.

Despite being down 2-0, NAU refused to quit taking a quick 7-1 lead in the third set.  Portland State answered with an 11-1 run and pulling ahead 16-10.  The Vikings would hold its lead for the remainder of the set, clinching the match in three sets.

Junior Kobi Christensen led NAU with 14 kills.  Kelli Dallmann's three match streak of double-doubles was snapped but the sophomore setter collected 26 assists and eights digs on Saturday.  Freshman Kelly Stevenson posted a career-high 15 digs.

The Lumberjacks have one match scheduled next week at Sacramento State on Friday, October 22 at 7 p.m.

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.