The Northern Arizona volleyball team’s hard-fought efforts came up short in a 26-24, 20-25, 25-18, 27-29, 20-18 loss to Idaho Saturday in Rolle Activity Center, dropping its third straight match after losing the two-hour, 23-minute match that featured 47 ties.
There were 32 ties in the fourth and fifth sets combined between the Lumberjacks and the Vandals.
The marathon allowed redshirt junior Kaylie Jorgenson to set a new career-high kills mark at 21 and set up the way for the Lumberjacks to tally 14 aces at the service line for a new season-best total.
Jorgenson notched her first career 20-plus-kill match and also matched career highs with 19 digs and three service aces, collecting her 11th double-double of the season. Sophomore setter Abby Stomp added a double-double with career bests of 55 assists and 19 digs. Sophomore Sydney Lema was the third Lumberjack with a double-double with 10 kills and 15 digs.
At the service line, five Northern Arizona players recorded multiple aces. NAU’s service game, as well as an improved block that went silent when the three-match skid started, kept the Lumberjacks in step with the Vandals despite Idaho holding a significant hitting advantage.
Harris tied her season-high with 16 kills, nine of which came in the final two sets, while Ewalefo led the Lumberjacks with five blocks. Junior Jordan Anderson reached double-figure digs with 11 and senior Dani Westfall recorded a season-high three aces -- one of three to reach the number.
NAU, now 6-11 overall and 2-4 in conference play, will be on the road for the next two weeks. Next week, the Lumberjacks will take on the top two teams in the Big Sky South with Portland State first on Thursday and Sacramento Saturday.
The golf team competed in the second round of the University of Denver's Ron Moore Intercollegiate at the Highlands Ranch Golf Club on Saturday.
The Lumberjacks dropped to 13th place after the team finished the day with a 19-over performance (301 total strokes), which raised their two-day total to 32-over (608).
Northern Arizona was led by a 2-over 74 performance from Sofia Anokhina, who remained in a tie for 19th place individually with a tournament total of two-over. She ended the second round with nine-consecutive pars.
Sierra Bezdicek was second for the Lumberjacks on the day, shooting a 5-over 77. She improved one spot to a tie for 52nd individually. Bezdicek has a two day total of 9-over.
Kaitlyn Saum and Loren Skibba each had a six-over 78 showing. Saum joined Bezdicek in a tie for 52nd with a total of nine-over. Skibba improved seven spots to move into a tie for 70th with a score of 16-over.
Emma Reyes rounded things out with a 10-over round of 82. She is tied with Skibba in 70th with a total of 16-over.
The Lumberjacks will conclude the Intercollegiate tournament with the final round on Sunday morning with a shot gun start at 9 a.m.