NAU women's volleyball tied their highest winning streak since 2016

Redshirt Senior Kaylie Jorgenson (12) celebrates after scoring against Southern Utah Nov. 6. Women's volleyball won 3-0 Tuesday night against the SUU Thunderbirds.

NAU women’s volleyball has been on a six-game winning streak but Southern Utah didn’t stop their momentum. The Lumberjacks took on the Thunderbirds in the Rolle Activity Center Tuesday night at 7 p.m.

Ken Murphy and his team went 3-0 for their match against Southern Utah. This match was not pretty but a win is a win, especially this time of year when the only thing players are worried about is making it to the Big Sky Championships.

TURNING POINT: During the first set the Lumberjacks were trying to find the offense they had been so successful with the last half of the season. The first set wasn’t a complete loss as they came out with a 25-17 win.

Senior libero Jordan Anderson wasn’t on point with her passes and junior middle blocker Abby Akin attempted nine kills, but only three were of value to the Lumberjacks. The Lumberjacks had some cleaning up to do with their passes, sets, and hits going onto the second set.

“I don’t think there was a point where we were ever comfortable and felt like our defense was organized the way we want to,” said head coach Ken Murphy.

After recovering from an eight-point deficit, Anderson had an ace to match Jorgenson’s two aces.

“We have a team that can score points in batches and we can come back from deficits like that,” Murphy said. “But you kind of just hope that the other teams run will end so you can get your team going”

All tied up at 22-22 in the second set, the Lumberjacks sideout when junior outside hitter Sydney Lema set to Jorgenson for a kill. Jorgenson’s kills and a couple aces gave the Lumberjacks momentum when they were up at the net, finishing Southern Utah with a 25-23.

In the third set, the Lumberjacks looked more composed, worry-free and on top of their game. Passes were setting up right underneath freshman setter Aubrea Bandfield’s feet and that made it easy for sophomore opposite hitter Heaven Harris to kill.

After a close third match, NAU was down two points. Missing a pass Akin caught the short end of the stick and fell down as she tried to pass but couldn’t connect. Bandfield first set to Harris to try and sideout and they got the Lumberjacks to 24-23. Then Bandfield set to Harris but the eagles couldn’t give a return her kill.

Harrison walked off the court with a smile, knowing everything she had was left out of the court, 26-24. That was the kind of energy the Lumberjacks needed to end a rocky match with the Southern Utah Eagles.

PRIME PERFORMER: Tonight’s prime performer would have to be freshman outside and opposite hitter Ryann Davis. Davis showed a lot of versatility by pushing all of her kills even if the passes weren’t pretty. In the first set Davis hit at a .600, with five total attempts and three kills.

Throughout the match, Davis remained composed and focus. In the first set, Davis acquired only four of NAU’s total points. Although she didn’t have several kills, she kept the Lumberjacks in the game, each time a set came to her.

Closing out the third match Davis accumulated a total of six points for the Lumberjacks are their winning streak continues.

QUOTES: “I think our serves help us a ton and also her [Bandfield] little defensive moves that you don’t really notice,” Murphy said. “She is a great setter and she sets our hitters really well.”

WHAT'S NEXT: NAU moves on to take on Northern Colorado at 7 p.m. in the Rolle Activity Center. Northern Colorado is 3-4 in away games.