The first conference game for NAU women’s volleyball was against Weber State University and resulted in a 3-1 Lumberjack win.
NAU came out strong in their first set on the evening of Sept. 26. Weber tied the score at 15, but the Lumberjacks managed to eventually pull away. They won 25-17, recording 3 blocks as a team to Weber State’s 2.
The Lumberjacks took a commanding 2-0 set lead with ease, finishing 25-18 in points and putting up 9 total team blocks, while Weber State only had 3 in the second set.
The third set was a tight back-and-forth between the teams, with Weber State finally pulling away to reach 25-17. Weber State conjured 6 blocks and 15 kills, each of which was higher than the Lumberjacks.
After NAU started out by taking a 6-0 lead in the fourth set, Weber State took its first lead of the set at 16-15. Ultimately, the Lumberjacks separated themselves and took off with a 25-21 victory.
These top teams in their conference played a defensive game, but NAU ultimately edged out Weber State 3-1.
Taylor Jacobsen put up 39 attacks and 12 points for the Lumberjacks. Tonight was a big win at home for her and NAU.
“Honestly it’s really good for our mentality," Jacobsen said. "I think we had a few moments there where we kind of struggled, but we stayed really good — really composed — and it helps our confidence a lot to come out and get this win.”
Head coach Ken Murphy thought his team executed their game plan well.
“You know, we had situations we thought that we could get them in, and we did do that," Murphy said. "Especially the first two sets, we really had them locked in on how we were gonna play defense against them. It was great.”
While the team won, Murphy is now five wins from the NAU all-time record, a milestone that he surely hopes to achieve in the near future.
NAU will play Idaho State University Sept. 28 in the Rolle Activity Center before going on the road for two consecutive games at Portland State and Sacramento State universities.