Thanksgiving Day was occupied with postseason volleyball. If NAU was going to be playing on a holiday, they made sure they would walk away with a win. Senior middle blocker Abby Akin accompanied the victory by becoming the 14th player in program history to rack up 1,000 kills.
Moving quickly up the playoff bracket, the Lumberjacks met the Weber State University Wildcats on Sacramento State's court Friday.
A neck-and-neck first set kept it close with no major runs by either team. A kill by freshman middle blocker Neche Newton gave NAU a 13-10 lead and forced a Wildcat timeout.
Weber State regained strength and powered on a 6-0 run. The score, now a Weber State 18-15 lead, caused the Lumberjacks to call a timeout of their own. Their return was not as successful as the Wildcats claimed the first set 25-21.
A rough second set for NAU was attributed to the Wildcats sending the ball over the net and the Lumberjacks unable to do the same. The unanswered points quickly took the score to 25-15 in favor of Weber State to claim the second set.
A Lumberjack squad looking for redemption began reflecting their play from the first set.
Senior opposite hitter Heaven Harris smacked a kill down to give NAU its first lead since the start of the match. The Lumberjacks lead was short-lived until Newton came back with two clutch back-to-back blocks lessening their deficit to 17-18.
Struggling to battle back, NAU fell to the Wildcats 21-25, concluding their season in the semifinals.
Weber State advances to the championship match Saturday to face the winner of the University of Northern Colorado and Montana State University match.