No. 18 Arizona Too Much For Spikers
Aug. 25, 2006
TUCSON, Ariz. - 18th-ranked Arizona proved to be too much for the University of Northern Colorado women's volleyball team on Friday night, as the nationally-ranked Wildcats topped the Bears in straight sets in the final match of the first day of the Four Points Sheraton Arizona Invitational.
After falling to San Francisco, a team receiving votes in the AVCA national poll, in the day's first match, Northern Colorado (0-2) was faced with the task of taking on the 18th best team in the country on its home court. And the Wildcats (2-0), who topped Siena in the first match of the day, proved to be too big and too strong for the Bears, as they won by scores of 30-15, 30-15 and 30-18.
The nationally-ranked team was the third Northern Colorado has faced since its reclassification to Division I. The Bears faced off with No. 9 Wisconsin and No. 14 Missouri last season.
"We learned a lot about our team today," head coach Lyndsey Benson said after the match. "Our freshmen keep growing by the minute. I think Kristen (Schevikhoven) played a great match tonight and really showed she can play at this level. We just ran out of fire power and did not have the size or power to compete at Arizona's level yet. We fought hard, though, and will battle back tomorrow."
Schevikhoven led the Bears with 13 assists while adding two kills, six digs and a block. Junior Dulcie Stone led the Bears with seven kills while senior Lizzy Rhoads had six kills. Libero Abby Mayne had eight digs.
All 12 members of the Bears team on the road trip saw action in the match.
Arizona was led by Whitney Dosty's nine kills.
The meeting was the fourth all-time between the teams but first since the 1978 season. The Wildcats now lead the all-time series 4-0.
Northern Colorado will complete play at the Arizona Invitational on Saturday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. when they face Siena. The Saints were an NCAA Tournament participant last season.