Volleyball ready to spring back on the court
GREELEY, Colo. -- Head coach Lyndsey Benson and
the Northern Colorado women's volleyball program are set to host
their annual spring tournament Saturday, April 4, inside
Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion.
Perennial national power and instate rival Colorado State highlights this year's field of visiting teams, which also includes Adams State, Colorado-Colorado Springs, Metro State, Northeastern Junior College, Regis University and Western Nebraska Community College.
Doors open at 8:30 a.m. and admission is free. All Bears fans are welcome to attend.
Northern Colorado entered this spring on the heels of one of its most successful campaigns ever. The Bears ripped off a record six straight wins to start the 2008 season and ended the year with 17 victories, their most ever at the NCAA Division I level.
Junior Kenzie Shreeve also finished 2008 as a first-team All-Big Sky selection, giving Northern Colorado its first such honoree.
Now, the Bears are looking to build on that success with a strong showing this spring, which starts with this weekend's tournament.
“It will be nice to see another face on the other side of the net and evaluate where we are at after ten weeks of training," Benson said. "I think each person has made some really good improvements in their game. Now we need to put it together."
Two courts will be utilized Saturday, and tournament matches will include a best two-out-of-three format. The first two games will be played to 25 (cap of 27), and the third game will be played to 15 (cap of 17).
The eight teams in the field will first complete in pool play (below) before playoffs will be used to determine final placings.
"We should get a variety of competition on Saturday so it will be good for us to learn to find our tempo against each opponent. Our primary goal is to learn, work on new things and prepare for the fall, but I’d be crazy to say we don’t care about winning. We also learn how to compete and finish matches.”