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November 11, 2010

Volleyball Falls to Portland State 3-0 at Rolle

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Jen Wilson recorded nine kills and 15 digs for Northern Arizona volleyball but the team fell short against Portland State at the Rolle Activity Center on Thursday.  The Lumberjacks lost in three sets by scores of 25-13, 26-24, and 25-21.

NAU (9-15, 5-9 BSC) hit .208 in the opening set but was unable to match Portland State's intensity as the team posted a .556 hitting percentage in the first frame.  The Lumberjacks turned things around and pushed the Vikings throughout the second and third sets.  Unfortunately, the women could not translate their improved play into a winning set.

"We didn't play well in game one but we played really well in games two and three," Choate said.  "I don't have a problem when we play well.  We did that tonight but got beat by a very good team in Portland State."

Wilson led the Lumberjacks in kills and digs on Thursday.  She also posted a .333 hitting percentage with only two errors.  Kelli Dallmann totaled 28 assists and seven digs while Anna Gott chipped in with 11 digs.

"As a team we haven't grown into that belief system yet," said head coach Craig Choate.  "Every team has to do that.  We just aren't there yet.  When that happens we are going to start winning."

NAU finished with a .150 team hitting percentage while Portland State hit .261 on the night after its explosive first set.  The Lumberjacks kept the Vikings under .200 in the second and third sets.

The women play Eastern Washington on Saturday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Rolle Activity Center.

DID YOU KNOW…Northern Arizona finished third in the Sterling Savings Bank Presidents Cup recognizing academic and athletics performances in 2008-09. The award is based on team grade point averages, graduation rates and the number of all-conference performers with a grade point average above a 3.0, as well as Men's and Women's All Sports points.