Volleyball Looks to Rebound vs Weber State in Think Pink Match
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – After dropping their first home match of the season to Idaho State on Thursday, the NAU volleyball team (13-3, 4-3 BSC) will look to bounce back against Weber State (0-19, 0-7 BSC) at 7 p.m. Saturday in Rolle Activity Center. Saturday's tilt will be NAU's Think Pink match, with all fans encouraged to wear pink to recognize breast cancer awareness month. The match will air live on Fox College Sports Pacific (DirecTV 626) and NAU-TV channel 4 in Flagstaff and on tape delay Sunday at 3 p.m. on Fox Sports Arizona.
Zeta Tau Alpha will be passing out self-exam shower cards and pink ribbons to those who attend the match, while a representative from the Cancer Centers of NA Healthcare will be present and will have a display of the Breast Cancer Arty Bras competition. Additionally, a representative from the Sojourn Cancer Bears will be passing out free teddy bears to anyone who is a cancer survivor or is currently undergoing cancer treatment. The NAU players will be wearing pink shoelaces to show their support during the match.
Freshman Sydney Kemper posted 13 kills and a .480 hitting percentage for the Lumberjacks on Thursday while junior Kelli Dallmann recorded her 10th double-double of the season, but NAU has unable to avoid its third loss in the last four matches after opening the season 12-0. The Lumberjacks struggled with 10 service errors and 28 attack errors on Thursday, though they were able to force a fourth set after withstanding five match points to rally for a win in the third set.
Weber State is one of four winless NCAA Division-I Volleyball teams in the nation, with their last setback coming in a 3-0 loss at Northern Colorado on Thursday. The Wildcats are second in the Big Sky with 2.50 blocks per set but are last in the conference in hitting percentage, opponent hitting percentage, assists, kills and digs. Individually, junior Bethany Wray is second in the Big Sky in both kills per set (3.33) and service aces per set (0.32). The Lumberjacks are 33-26 all-time against Weber State and have won the last four meetings.