August 26, 2006

Volleyball Earns First Victory With Sweep of Siena

Aug. 26, 2006

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TUCSON, Ariz. - Junior Dulcie Stone had a career-high 13 kills to lead the University of Northern Colorado women's volleyball team to a 3-0 victory Siena on Saturday at the Four Points Sheraton Arizona Invitational.

After dropping two matches to open the 2006 season on Friday, Northern Colorado (1-2) was able to dispose of the Saints (0-3), a 2005 NCAA Tournament participant, in straight sets by scores of 30-23, 30-22 and 30-27.

Northern Colorado wasted little time in establishing dominance in the match, jumping out to a 16-6 lead in game one, a set that saw them hit .111 while holding Siena to only to only .023.

Game two would be much more of the same although the score was a little closer. The Bears hit a match-high .231 in the second set while Siena hit a match-low -.027.

Set number three was much more competitive as the Saints were able to grab a 26-25 lead on a kill by Kelly Hummel. But a service error tied the match and senior Lizzy Rhoads solo block put the Bears back on top for good. Lenay Goble would add a kill and two more Siena errors gave the Bears the match.

"It is great to get our first win of the season," said head coach Lyndsey Benson. "We worked through some things tonight. Our middles finally connected, Dulcie (Stone) had a great match offensively and Abby (Mayne) was a whole different player defensively today. And those things were the difference in the match."

Stone notched her 13 kills while hitting an impressive .314 (13-2-35). The Karval, Colo. native also added seven digs.

Freshman Devon Crotteau also had a career-high with nine kills while hitting .231 (9-3-26). Junior libero Abby Mayne added a season-high 19 digs while freshman Kristen Schevikhoven had a season-best 31 assists.

Burgandy McCurty had eight kills to lead Siena.

Northern Colorado is back in action next weekend when they travel to the East coast to compete in the Wolfpack Classic hosted by N.C. State. The Bears will battle UT-Chattanooga, Winthrop and the host Wolfpack in the two-day event.