Volleyball Drops First Match of the Season at Portland State, 3-1

Volleyball Drops First Match of the Season at Portland State, 3-1

PORTLAND, Ore. – Junior Jen Wilson posted a double-double, including a career high 19 kills, but NAU hit a season low .130 as a team and was outblocked 12-5 as Portland State claimed a 3-1 victory on Friday night in the Stott Center (25-15, 26-24, 18-25, 25-16). The loss ended the Lumberjack's school record winning streak and handed NAU its first loss of the season, dropping to 12-1 overall and 3-1 in the Big Sky, while Portland State improved to 8-9 overall and 4-1 in conference play.

Only two teams in the country, No. 1 Illinois and No. 12 Purdue, remained undefeated longer this season than Northern Arizona. NAU's 12-0 start was the best season start in school history and was the longest winning streak in the 31-year history of the program.

The Vikings came out strong in the first set, hitting .424 while limiting NAU to a .053 hitting percentage to cruise to a 25-15 victory. The second set was much closer, as NAU rallied back from an 18-12 deficit to even the score at 21-21, with the set eventually level at 24-24. An NAU attack error gave PSU a 25-24 advantage, and a Hornet kill from Katie O'Brien gave the home team a 2-0 lead.

The Lumberjacks played their best in the third set, hitting .351 as a team. Wilson led the way with four kills in the set while a trio of Lumberjacks had three kills apiece as NAU took the set, 25-18. The Vikings would rally back in the fourth set, paced by five kills and a .714 hitting percentage from freshman Cheyne Corrado, to close the match strong with a 25-16 set victory and claim the match.

Outside of NAU's .351 hitting percentage in the third set, the Lumberjacks hit below .100 in each of the three other sets. Wilson added 12 kills and 2 blocks to her 19 kills for her first double-double of the season, hitting .410 for the match. Junior setter Kelli Dallmann posted her eighth double-double of the season with 43 assists and a season high 18 digs, while junior libero Anna Gott had a match high 24 digs. Freshman Taylor Stephens notched a career best six kills and added five digs.

The Lumberjacks will look to get back in win column on Saturday, playing at Eastern Washington at 7 p.m.