VOLLEYBALL FALLS IN FIVE AT NORTHERN ARIZONA; REMAINS IN FIRST WITH ONE MATCH REMAINING
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Five Lumberjacks recorded double figures in kills as
Northern Arizona defeated the Sacramento State volleyball team, 3-2 (15-13,
9-15, 13-15, 15-8, 15-7), in a Big Sky Conference match Thursday evening at
Rolle Activity Center in Flagstaff, Ariz. With the victory, the Lumberjacks
tied the Hornets for first place in the conference with one match remaining
on the regular season schedule for both teams.
Sacramento State, which beat Northern Arizona at home earlier this year,
3-0, still owns the tiebreaker over the Lumberjacks due to the Hornets
winning the higher percentage of total games won between the two teams. The
Hornets control their own destiny where if they win at Cal State Northridge
this Saturday, Nov. 11, they will be crowned Big Sky regular season
champions for the fourth-consecutive season and host the conference
tournament Nov. 16-18.
The Hornets have defeated Cal State Northridge eight of the last nine times
the teams have played each other including a 3-0 victory earlier this year
With the win, the Lumberjacks improved to 16-5 overall and 11-4 in the Big
Sky while the Hornets dropped to 18-11 overall and 11-4 in the conference.
Northern Arizona hosts Weber State this Saturday to close out its season.
If Sacramento State loses and Northern Arizona wins on Saturday, the
Lumberjacks will host the Big Sky Tournament.
Sophomore Jayme Wright led the Hornets with 21 kills in the match including
a .356 hitting percentage, nine digs, seven blocks and eight assists.
Juniors Tasman Dwyer (15) and Esther Rogers (13) and freshman Lisa
Beauchene (12) also chipped in double figures in kills. Maggie Barrera's
match-high 30 kills paced Northern Arizona while setter Whitney Donahue
added a match-high 78 assists.
Northern Arizona led the Hornets in almost every major statistical category
including hitting percentage (.286-.190), kills (92-74), assists (84-69)
and team blocks (15.0-12.0). After the Hornets had taken a 2-1 lead in the
match, the Lumberjacks posted hitting percentages of .327 and .444 in the
fourth and fifth games, respectively, to win the final two frames
The Hornets' match at Cal State Northridge this Saturday begins at 7 p.m.