FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Weber State volleyball fell to Northern Arizona 3-0 Saturday afternoon.
“NAU is really good, and we had some opportunities but we couldn’t create any real points to be able to compete tonight,” said head coach Jeremiah Larsen. “This is the time we will see what we are made of. Are we going to roll up our sleeves, fight the adversity before us and get better? Or, are we going to shrink?”
Overall, Weber State had 33 kills off 113 attacks and 22 errors on the night. The Wildcats also had 34 digs and four team blocks.
NAU picked up the first set win with a 17-25 win over the Wildcats. Weber State kept up with NAU early in the second set but the Lumberjacks dominated the net leaving the Wildcats fighting to stay alive. NAU ended the second set with an 11-3 run for a final score of 14-25. Weber State trailed Northern Arizona 2-0 going into the break.
Megan Gneiting started the third set off for the Wildcats with a big kill. Towards the end of the third set the Wildcats started fighting back and answered NAU point for point but unfortunately the Wildcats couldn’t catch up from the six point deficit and fell 25-19 in the third set giving Northern Arizona the overall three set victory.
Megan Thompson led the Wildcats on the night with 11 kills off of 25 attacks for a .320 hitting percentage. Andrea Hale posted an impressive.857 percentage on the night having six kills off of seven attacks and no errors. Bailey Irwin had 31 assists on the night her eighth time having 30 or more assists this season.
Defensively three Wildcats had two blocks Hale, Gneiting and Hannah Hill. Jess Hover and Irwin each had nine digs on the night.
WSU is now 11-2 overall on the season and have a 2-2 Big Sky Conference record. The Wildcats will remain on the road for the next two matches to take on Montana and Montana State before returning home Oct. 13 to take on Idaho.