Team Effort Propels Volleyball to 3-1 Win Over Florida Gulf Coast at Trojan Invitational

Team Effort Propels Volleyball to 3-1 Win Over Florida Gulf Coast at Trojan Invitational

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Three Northern Arizona volleyball players totaled double-digits in kills as the Lumberjacks rolled to a 3-1 win over Florida Gulf Coast at the Galen Center on Friday night. Lexi Sullivan, Lauren Campbell, and Katie Bailey recorded impressive numbers as NAU (2-3) posted its best hitting percentage of the year (.289) on day two of the Holiday Inn LA Center Trojan Invitational.

In their first-ever meeting, the Lumberjacks defeated Florida Gulf Coast (1-4) by scores of 21-25, 25-18, 25-23, and 25-19. Friday’s win was the second overall and the first come-from-behind victory for NAU on the 2009 season.

“All wins are good,” said head coach Craig Choate. “We played hard once we got rolling. We had some trouble in game one, but a wins a win. We are always happy when we do that.”

The Lumberjacks fell behind early in set one and were forced to play catch up the rest of the way cutting the Eagle led to two (22-20) after being down by as many as five points. However, Florida Gulf Coast was able to hold off the NAU attack and close out the first set taking a 1-0 lead.

NAU bounced back in the second dominating play in the latter stages. The Lumberjacks ended the Eagle threat with a 10-4 run hitting .480 for the set.

Aided by the play of a quartet of Lumberjacks, the women rattled off two more wins in the third and fourth sets to seal the victory. The sophomore pair of Lexi Sullivan and Katie Bailey along with the freshman duo of Lauren Campbell and Kelli Dallmann kept NAU poised throughout the match and triggered the three-set rally to victory. NAU finished play with a .308 hitting percentage in the fourth and final set.

Sullivan led all NAU players with 19 kills, tying a match-high. The sophomore outside hitter posted a season-high .289 hitting percentage in the process. Bailey recorded a match-high .474 hitting percentage, 12 kills and two blocks.

Campbell added 15 kills, seven digs, and a .250 hitting percentage while Dallmann recored her first-career double-double with 15 digs and 15 assists. The freshman from Peoria, Ariz., also added eight kills.

The Lumberjacks will look to build upon the momentum earned from Friday’s win when they face the host-team No. 16 USC on Saturday at the Galen Center in the final match of the Trojan Invitational. USC defeated Florida Gulf Coast on Thursday 3-0.

“They are about to face a team that is as tall as I am,” said the 6-8 head coach in reference to a USC team that opened the season ranked No. 12 nationally. “The odds are against us, but we are going to play hard and have fun. If we do that the results will speak for themselves.”

NAU will hit the court at the Galen Center against the Trojans at 10 a.m.