GREELEY, Colo. – The NAU
volleyball team did its part to try to extend its season, but by
virtue of a Sacramento State upset of Portland State, the
Lumberjacks will not be going to the Big Sky Tournament despite
pulling off a 3-2 upset of Northern Colorado on the road. NAU
finishes the year at 15-10 overall and 7-9 in Big Sky play, with
its overall record being the best since 2001.
After getting dominated 25-14 and 25-13 by Northern Colorado in the first two sets, NAU rallied back and won the next three sets by scores of 25-18, 25-23 and 15-10.
“I’m just so incredibly proud of the way these girls came back after being beaten in every way,” said head coach Craig Choate. “They didn’t fade, and that says a ton about the kind of people they are. To me, the win was everything. I really wasn’t thinking about the tournament. We’ll come back next year and really earn our spot in the tournament.”
Lexi Sullivan tallied a double-double with a team-high 20 kills along with 12 digs. Kailee Savage recorded a season-high 15 digs, and Brittany Stowers led all players with 28 digs. Kenzie Shreeve led Northern Colorado with 22 kills and 11 digs.
NAU started off terribly with five kills and six errors in the first set, getting into an early 5-0 hole and never recovering. The second set didn’t go much better, and the Bears improved their hitting to once again win easily.
The Lumberjacks were down 10-8 in set three before a 6-0 run finally started to turn things around. NAU held the lead the rest of the way, and a kill by Sullivan ended the set in favor of the Lumberjacks.
Set four was tied as late as 17-17, but Katie Bailey recorded a kill and then served out four straight points to put NAU up 22-17. Northern Colorado came back to within two, 22-20, but the teams traded points from there as NAU evened the match at 2-2.
With 12 kills and just two errors in the final set, including an impressive seven kills by Sullivan in the last set alone, NAU cruised to a win in its final match of the year.
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November 8, 2008 Volleyball Swept at League-Leading Portland State
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November 5, 2008 Volleyball Heads to the Northwest for Two Matches This Weekend
November 1, 2008 Sacramento State Rallies to Defeat NAU in Volleyball, 3-1
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October 25, 2008 Volleyball Gets Back to Winning With a Sweep of Montana State
October 23, 2008 Volleyball Swept at Home by Montana
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October 17, 2008 Getting to Know... Volleyball's #6, Jana Mays-Robinson
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October 11, 2008 Volleyball Suffers a Three-Set Loss at the Hands of Weber State
October 10, 2008 Volleyball Improves to 12-3 With a Sweep at Idaho State
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October 6, 2008 Getting to Know... Volleyball's #7, Katie Bailey
September 30, 2008 Volleyball Set to Host Two Key Big Sky Matches at Home this Weekend
September 25, 2008 Volleyball Picks up Win #10; Sweeps 11-Time Big Sky Champs Sacramento State
September 24, 2008 Volleyball Takes on Sacramento State at Home Thursday Night
September 23, 2008 Getting to Know... Volleyball's #2, Emily Osiadacz
September 23, 2008 Thursday's Volleyball Match to Air LIVE on FSN Arizona and FCS Pacific
September 20, 2008 Volleyball Rally Falls Short as NAU Loses in Five Sets at Montana
September 19, 2008 Volleyball Extends Win Streak to Six With Sweep of Montana State on the Road
September 18, 2008 Volleyball Team Opens Big Sky Play on the Road at Montana State and Montana
September 12, 2008 Volleyball Wins Convincingly Against Hampton in Fiesta Bowl Opener
September 11, 2008 Volleyball Set to Host 16th Annual Fiesta Bowl Tournament
September 5, 2008 Volleyball Drops First Road Match of the Season to Fresno State
September 3, 2008 Volleyball Set to Take on Three Opponents in Green Bay This Weekend
August 27, 2008 Volleyball Opens the Season at Home this Friday and Saturday
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