Junior outside hitter Samantha Staker goes up for the attack on Thursday against Northern Arizona. Staker had four kills, a dig, and a block in the loss to the Lumberjacks.  (Ariana Berkemeier / The Signpost)
Junior outside hitter Samantha Staker goes up for the attack on Thursday against Northern Arizona. Staker had four kills, a dig, and a block in the loss to the Lumberjacks.
(Ariana Berkemeier / The Signpost)

Coming off of back-to-back wins, the Weber State volleyball team dropped both of their home games last week, falling to Northern Arizona (16-25, 17-25, 18-25) on Thursday and Southern Utah (21-25, 25-22, 21-25, 25-22, 13-15) on Friday.

Going into the match on Thursday, the Lumberjacks were in first place in the Big Sky South conference with a record of 5-1 in conference play and an overall record of 14-3.

Coach Peterson said that the girls had just come off of an emotional victory on Tuesday when the Wildcats beat UVU and had a hard time preparing mentally for the match.

Freshman Amanda Varley had a match-high eight kills. Audrey Biggs had only seven kills and five digs. Taylor Christensen had 25 assists.

“Compliments to Northern Arizona as they are probably the most consistent team in the league,” Peterson said. “I think that they are the best team we have played because it seems like they don’t have weaknesses in a lot of aspects.”

In the loss on Friday, Biggs completed her fourth double-double of the season with 24 kills and 18 digs on the night. Varley had a total of 13 kills and a career-high six digs. Taylor Christensen had 50 assists and seven digs. It was the second time that Christensen has had a match with 50 or more assists in a match.

The highlight of the game came when senior libero McKay Tarbox entered the record books. During the second set she accumulated enough digs to reach 1,000 career digs, the ninth player in team history to reach the milestone. She ended the night with 24 digs.

“It was a tough loss. Good athletes and competitors take loss hard and they come back from it. We’ll come back, there is no alternative,” Peterson said. “I feel we did treat the fans to a pretty exciting match.”

The losses drop the Wildcats to 6-16, 2-6 in Big Sky conference play.

The Wildcats will take on the Idaho Vandals on Thursday in Moscow, Idaho. The first serve is set for 7 p.m.

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