VOLLEYBALL FALLS IN FOUR TO NORTHERN ARIZONA
Senior libero Sydney Kordic finished with match highs in both aces (4) and digs (25)
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- Outside hitter Kelli Dallman had a match-high 17 kills and Payton Bock finished with 12 kills and a match-best .556 hitting percentage to lead Northern Arizona to a 3-1 victory (25-21, 25-17, 18-25, 25-15) over Sacramento State in a Big Sky Conference volleyball match Thursday evening at the Rolle Activity Center.
With the loss, the Hornets lost for the fourth time in five matches and dropped to 5-7 overall and 1-2 in the Big Sky. Today began a four-match road trip against Big Sky teams that will see the Hornets return to action on Saturday evening at Southern Utah. Sacramento State is still 29-11 all-time against Northern Arizona, but the Lumberjacks have won three straight in the series dating back to last season.
Northern Arizona, which was playing its home opener, improved to 10-2 overall and 2-1 in the conference.
Each of the four sets featured just one lead change as none of the frames were nail biters. Sacramento State did jump out to a 6-1 lead to start the match, but NAU quickly countered with an 18-6 run to take control of the set. The Lumberjacks finished the match with a slight advantage in kills (50-47) and team blocks (16.0-12.0), and both squads had 65 digs, but Sacramento State had trouble offensively all evening. In fact, the Hornets hit just .096 as a team, including a percentage below .080 in the first, second and fourth frames. The fourth set saw Sacramento State accumulate more attack errors (11) than kills (9).
Three different Hornets had at least five blocks, comprised of middle blockers Ashley Newcomb (6) and Chelcy Motes (6), and rightside hitter Kayla Beal (5). Outside hitter Janelle Currey had 13 kills and 10 digs, setter Hannah Hettinga had 32 assists and 10 digs, and libero Sydney Kordic finished with match highs in both aces (4) and digs (25).
Freshman outside hitter Sloan Lovett spent a good portion of the match as one of the team’s two primary outside hitters and responded with 11 kills, seven digs and a .250 hitting percentage. She entered the match with just two kills all season. Motes had three kills and a .333 hitting percentage to go with her team-high tying six blocks. Kordic’s 25 digs were just three shy of her season high of 28, set against Fresno State on Sept. 7.
Dallmann’s 17 kills accompanied 11 digs and a .220 hitting percentage. Bock’s .556 hitting percentage was easily a match best as she had just two errors in 18 attacks, and recorded a match-high eight blocks. Sydney Kemper added nine kills, six blocks and a .300 hitting percentage.