The women's volleyball team made their way to Pocatello, Idaho to take on the Idaho State University (ISU) Bengals Halloween night. The Lumberjacks welcomed three freshmen on the court to start the match.
NAU started with a four-point run, leading the first set 6-2. ISU answered with a short run of its own, which was ended by freshman middle blocker Neche Newton. This gave the Lumberjacks a two-point cushion 11-9.
Nonstop back-and-forth points made the first set exceed the 25 point win mark. Finally, senior middle blocker Abby Akin spiked a sharp kill to win the opening set 28-26.
With both teams warmed up, the following set took off much quicker. However, NAU saw itself in a hole when the Bengals led 11-7.
Senior opposite hitter Ryann Davis and Akin dominated the front row to get their team back on top. Together, the duo accumulated 28 kills throughout the match.
To finish the set, freshman outside hitter Taylor Jacobsen read the court and rolled a set from sophomore setter Aubrea Bandfield. Despite falling behind, NAU finished 25-18 and lead ISU 2-0 in sets.
Another neck-and-neck third set saw unanswered points from both teams. The score was 14-14 before the Bengals snatched a 25-22 set win.
The fourth and final set was dominated by Jacobsen on the outside. She concluded the game with a career high 18 kills in the match. The Lumberjack's stellar front row of Davis, Akin and Jacobsen stood strong to execute and win the set 25-21, which led to a 3-1 NAU match win.
“[I felt like] we started off flat but we battled back,” head coach Ken Murphy said. “It was a battle, but [the team] grinded it out and we got the win.”
NAU is currently on a four-game win streak and will travel to Ogden, Utah in a road matchup against Weber State University Saturday.