August 24, 2007

Northern Colorado Volleyball Falls To South Dakota State In Five

Aug. 24, 2007

Box Score

PULLMAN, Wash.- The University of Northern Colorado (0-2) held a 2-1 games lead before the South Dakota State Jackrabbits (1-0) come back win the last two games and win their first match of the season (21-30, 30-16, 30-25, 25-30, 8-15) on the first day of the Baden Cougar Challenge on Friday evening, Aug. 24 in Pullman, Washington.

Sophomore Kenzie Shreeve totaled a career-high 17 kills on a .256 hitting percentage (17-6-43) to lead the Bears attack. Senior Dulcie Stone had 15 kills and 12 digs for her first double-double of the season. Freshman Ashley Lichtenberg tallied 10 kills and three blocks. Both of the Bears setters reached double figures with freshman Lindsey McDaniel leading the team with 30 and junior Lauren Carter picking up 16 helpers. Senior Abby Mayne led the team in digs with 20, it was her second consecutive match with 20 or more digs and the 14th of her career.

Once again the Bears won several key categories as they totaled 61 kills to 60, eight service aces to six and 69 digs to 63 but just could not put it all together in the end. It should be noted this was the team's second five-game match of the day and the second one they lost in an excruciating fifth game.

"Today was a great learning experience that will hopefully pay off as we get into Big Sky Conference play later in the season," third-year head coach Lyndsey Benson commented. "Any time you get the chance to play five-game matches it serves as a teaching tool. Our outside's did a great job and they proved they can play against some big blocks. Kenzie Shreeve had two outstanding performances and she will be a dominating player for us this season. Our setters (McDaniel and Carter), for it being their first matches, did a great job. We'll just have to improve for our next match."

NC fell behind 14-6 in the first game and were never able to recover as SDSU took the first game 30-21.

The second game was all Bears as the team jumped out 17-7 lead on the Lichtenberg kill. The lead reach 12 on the Shreeve put down. Sophomore Taylor Smith finish off the game with a kill to tie the games up at one all.

The Bears rode the second-game momentum to a 16-9 lead early in the third game. The Jackrabbits would not quit though and went on a 8-1 run to tie the game up at 17. The game would see four more tie scores before the Bears took control for good on Stone's kill.

The fourth game saw the Bears race out to a 10-2 lead only to see the Jackrabbbits catch them at 16. In a race for the finish the game saw four more tie scores until a Ashley Kathol kill give SDSU the lead for good at 22-21.

The Bears picked the wrong game to get off to a slow start as the team fell behind 5-0 in the fifth and deciding game. NC dug deep and went on a 6-2 run to get within one, only to see the Jackrabbits close the game on a 8-2 run to win the last game going away 15-8.

Northern Colorado wraps up its play in the tournament with a match against host school Washington State on Saturday afternoon at 12:30 p.m.