OGDEN – Weber State dropped three quick sets to Northern Arizona Thursday despite early valiant efforts.
“I am happy with the level of intensity and focus we had in the first two games,” said head coach Jeremiah Larsen. “The 3rd game showed the areas we are weak at which we are working on. Until we fix those issues we will never be able to beat a team of NAU'S caliber.”
The Wildcats started the match off with five consecutive unanswered points. NAU gained some footing and tied things up at 8-8 and later claimed a 19-15 lead. WSU went on a 5-1 run to tie things up at 21-21. The first game remained tied until 25-25, then Northern Arizona had a kill and an ace to give them the first set 27-25 win.
The second game was back and forth between the two teams until Weber State went on a 5-0 run to take a 12-10 lead. NAU tied things back up at 12-12 and the game remained tied until a pair of Wildcat errors let the Lumberjacks reclaim the lead at 18-15. The Wildcats brought the score back within one point with a kill by Amanda Varley but despite WSU strong efforts to keep the set alive NAU won 25-20.
Weber State trailed 2-0 going into the third set and couldn’t find a groove to gain any momentum. NAU claimed the third set 25-15.
WSU was lead by Megan Thompson who had 10 kills from 26 attacks for a .269 percentage. Andrea Hale added eight kills to the night and Varley contributed seven. Ciera Borho had a solid performance tonight as well with strong passing.
Defensively Jesse Hover had 10 digs on the night and Thompson added five blocks.
Weber State had 31 kills from 99 attacks with 16 errors to Northern Arizona’s 43 kills off 104 attacks and 17 errors. WSU out blocked NAU 9-6.
WSU is now 13-10 overall on the season and 4-9 in Big Sky Conference play.
The Wildcats have their final home match of the season Saturday night against Southern Utah for senior night where we will honor our two seniors Thompson and Borho.