FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona volleyball tried to make it two straight this weekend but fell, 3-0, to Idaho State at the Rolle Activity Center on Saturday night. The Lumberjacks were defeated by sets of 25-21, 25-21, and 26-24 despite a .221 team hitting percentage.
NAU (8-13, 4-7 BSC) was led by sophomore Jen Wilson and freshman Niki Small who recorded 10 kills apiece. Idaho State (14-11, 6-6 BSC) produced three players with double-digit kills totals but Wilson turned in a match-best .429 hitting percentage. Small recorded a .208 hitting percentage on the night.
The Lumberjacks stay close to Idaho State throughout the match and had opportunities to win all three sets.
In the first set, NAU trailed by only two points at 23-21. In the second, the Lumberjacks took a 13-10 lead before Idaho State pushed ahead with a 6-1 run. NAU led the entire third set and held set point at 24-22 but the Bengals scored the next four points to clinch the match.
Sophomore Kelli Dallmann totaled 39 assists and sophomore Anna Gott tied a match-high with 16 digs. Dallmann entered the match as the Big Sky Conference's assists leader while Gott pushed her streak of consecutive games with 10 or more digs to 11.
Idaho State's Haylee Thompson-Brock led all players with 13 kills. The Bengals' Jaclyn Hone and Britta Bartschi-Roadhouse also turned in double-digit numbers with 12 and 11 kills, respectively. Idaho State hit .262 as a team on the night.
The Lumberjacks play their final two away matches of the season next week at Montana and Montana State. NAU opens with Montana State on Friday, Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m. and faces Montana on Saturday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m.