Williams leads volleyball past Weber State in Big Sky opener
OGDEN, Utah -- Breanna Williams had one of the best matches of her career Friday night against Weber State, and teammates Kelley Arnold, Natalie Laband and Ashley Lichtenberg backed her in Northern Colorado's 3-1 volleyball victory against the Wildcats.
Williams, a third-year player from Littleton, had 10 kills on impressive .471 hitting to help the Bears win 19-25, 25-10, 25-18, 25-18 and get off to a solid start to the 2010 Big Sky Conference schedule.
Arnold added 14 kills in the win for Northern Colorado (10-3, 1-0 Big Sky), and Lichtenberg chipped in with 13 to keep Weber State (2-10, 0-1) at bay after it got a solid win in game one.
Laband continued her strong play in place of starter Marissa Hughes with a career-high 42 assists, improving her record to 4-1 in Hughes' absence.
"Obviously, not our best start," Northern Colorado head coach Lyndsey Benson said. "I thoguht we got rattled, and it really came down to the basics of serving and passing. We really struggled with that in game one
"But once we settled down and found ourselves again we were able to get our offense going."
The Wildcats hit an efficient .345 in the first game Friday to deal Northern Colorado its fourth straight game defeat, dating back to last Saturday's 3-0 defeat to Wyoming. The Bears bounced back in game two, though, hitting a robust .435 to even the match heading into intermission.
Northern Colorado made quick work of Weber State after the break and improved its overall record against the Wildcats to 13-4.
The Bears, who also improved to 4-1 in five Big Sky Conference openers, will now get a quick turnaround before playing for win No. 11 tomorrow night at Idaho State.
Northern Colorado is 10-1 all-time against the Bengals, but Idaho State is 8-3 this season after getting an impressive 3-1 victory Friday against Northern Arizona.
"It just really came down to serving and passing tonight," Benson said. "Once we were able to get that going we actually had a really good night and got some good flow and got off to a good start to conference play."