Volleyball Rallies to a Fifth-Set, Falls 3-2 to Wyoming in Home Opener

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Lauren Campbell hit a career-high .375 with 19 kills as Northern Arizona volleyball pushed Wyoming to five sets, but the Lumberjacks were unable to capture the win in a 3-2 defeat at Rolle Activity Center Friday night on day one of the 2009 Fiesta Bowl Tournament. The women will play two matches on Saturday at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.

NAU (2-5) fought back after being down 2-0 to Wyoming taking sets three and four to even the match 2-2. The Cowgirls managed to hold on for the win by scores of 25-22, 25-22, 16-25, 22-25, 15-8 in front of a crowd of 1,087.

“We love being able to fill up the stands,” said senior Jana Mays-Robinson. “It’s awesome. It’s the energy that helps us come back. We were down two and with their support it helps us to keep our heads up and fight for it.”

In set two, a pivotal ruling went against the Lumberjacks putting Wyoming up 23-22. The Cowgirls went on to take the set and looked poised to sweep NAU.

“That was a tough call,” Mays-Robinson said of the controversial 23-22 point. “Normally a call like that can actually sway the match, but we moved on. Game two was over and we knew we came to play. We fought for every point after that.”

NAU showed their resiliency and answered with a commanding 25-16 win in set three and edged out Wyoming 25-22 in set four. With the score tied 7-7 in the fifth, the Lumberjacks were within reach of their third victory of the season, but Wyoming closed the match on an 8-1 run moving to 5-2 on the year.

“Even though we lost it still shows how determined we are and how much heart each person on our team has,” said Mays-Robinson. “We were down and we easily could have rolled over. We fought back every point. We got it to game five. It will be fixing those little things throughout the match that will get us those types of wins.”

Campbell led all players with 19 kills and recorded six digs. Kelli Dallman posted a double-double with 14 kills and 11 digs while Anna Gott added 23 digs and Mays-Robinson totaled 44 assists. Wyoming's Barbara Lasic put up 60 assist to lead players and Dani Bedore recorded a team-high 14 kills. Four other Cowgirls converted 12 attacks for kills.

The Lumberjacks will open day two of the Fiesta Tournament on Saturday at 10 a.m. against The Citadel (1-7), which lost 3-0 to Utah State in the early match. Utah State and Wyoming will play next at 1 p.m. followed by The Citadel and Wyoming at 4 p.m. and Utah State and NAU at 7 p.m. to close competition.