FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Lexi Sullivan and Niki Small combined for 33 kills as Northern Arizona volleyball defeated Weber State, 3-1, at the Rolle Activity Center on Thursday. Sullivan turned in a match-high 18 kills while Small totaled 15 along with a .737 hitting percentage, the team's highest individual mark of the season.
Sullivan and Small generated 60-percent of the Lumberjacks' offense pushing their home record to 6-1 after Thursday's win. NAU (8-12, 4-6 BSC) produced a .360 hitting percentage, the team's highest percentage this season.
"I am feeling really good because I think our team is finally getting over the hump," Small said. "We are playing so hard and aggressive all the time now. Our team supports each other and it's really fun right now."
The Lumberjacks opened up a fast 2-0 led winning the first set, 25-11, and the second, 25-10. NAU stumbled in the third set falling 25-23 after a strong performance by Weber State (3-21, 1-10 BSC), but the women regained their composure in the fourth set winning 25-14 to secure the win.
"They came out a lot harder than we expected, but at the same time we should have been prepared for that," said Small of Weber State's third set. "Coming out in the fourth game, we had so much more energy like in the first two sets. It is hard to beat teams 3-0 so give Weber State credit for fighting back."
NAU looks to stay hot at home hosting Idaho State on Saturday, Oct. 30 at the Rolle Activity Center. The Lumberjacks lost to the Bengals in the conference opener on Sept. 17.
"When we played Idaho State it was our first [conference] game and we were all trying to mesh and connect still," Small said. "We are so excited to play them again."
The Lumberjacks have lost their last three matches to Idaho State dating back to last year. The Bengals enter the match fourth in the Big Sky standings.