FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona needed just 70 minutes to hand the Montana volleyball team a quick 25-8, 25-11, 25-20 loss Saturday night at the Rolle Activity Center.
The loss was the fourth straight and eighth in nine matches for the Grizzlies.
The Lumberjacks (6-2 in the Big Sky, 14-3 overall) hit a remarkable .604 in the first two sets and finished at .471 for the match, a season high for a Montana (1-7, 3-14) opponent this fall. The 39 points scored by the Grizzlies was an NAU record for fewest points allowed in the 25-point scoring era.
On the other side of the net, Montana could get little going early. The Grizzlies hit .020 in the first two sets and finished with just 26 kills for the match to NAU’s 46.
Sophomore Kelsey Schile, who got the start at setter as Wagner tried a 6-2 offensive system, led Montana with seven kills on .312 hitting. Junior Brooke Bray had five kills and a team-high three blocks.
The Grizzlies host Sacramento State Friday at the West Auxiliary Gym.
Northern Arizona def. Montana, 25-8, 25-11, 25-20.
Kills – UM 26 (Kelsey Schile 7), NAU 46 (Payton Bock 12). Blocks – UM 4 (Brooke Bray 3), NAU 11 (Bock 6). Digs – UM 28 (Samantha Maas 6, Megan Murphey 6), NAU 36 (Anna Gott 15). Assists – UM 25 (Kortney James 17), NAU 44 (Kalee Kirby 40). Aces – UM 2 (Schile, Kayla Reno), NAU 9 (four with two).
Attendance – 520. Time – 1:10.