Iowa State Tops Volleyball 3-0
Aug. 27, 2005
OMAHA, Neb. - The University of Northern Colorado volleyball team dropped its second consecutive match to start the season, falling 3-0 to the Big 12's Iowa State by scores of 30-18, 30-26 and 30-25 at the Bluejay Invitational.
Northern Colorado (0-2) completed the event hosted by Creighton with two 3-0 sweep defeats and will have to wait until next weekend to try to win for the first time this season. Iowa State (1-0) started its new season with a bang under new coach Christy Johnson, as the Cyclones were 8-20 a year ago.
Iowa State jumped out to a 10-4 lead in game one and led 12-6 before the Bears mounted a rally and cut the lead to 12-8. Unfortunately for the Bears, the Cyclones scored five of the next six points and did not look back in set No. 1.
Game No. 2 was closer early on, as the Bears led 14-10 on a service ace by junior Lizzy Rhoads. The set was tied at 19 before ISU scored five straight points on their way to a 2-0 lead.
Deflated from the tough set loss the Bears never got into game three, falling behind 10-4 and eventually 17-8 as the Cyclones finished off the Bears.
Senior Amanda Wiggins led the Bears with 12 kills while hitting .360 (12-3-25) and adding 13 digs for her first double-double of the year. She was the only UNC player to hit for a high percentage, as the Bears struggled for the second straight day. After hitting only .037 on Friday against host Creighton, Northern Colorado committed 25 errors on Saturday and hit only .069 as a team.
"We had 10 times a better performance today on our side of the net than we had yesterday," first-year head coach Lyndsey Benson said. "We are just going through growing pains with new people on the court these first few matches. But I thought we were much more competitive, fought a lot harder, had fewer unforced errors and are getting the pieces of the puzzle togethter. We are getting closer each match and expect some wins in the near future."
Three Iowa State players hit double figure kills as Meghan Ferrie (13), Katie Jessen (12) and Nicole Lorenzen (11) led the balanced attack. The Cyclones hit .228 overall as a team. Iowa State battles Creighton (1-0) at 7 p.m. in the tournament's finale.
The back-to-back 3-0 losses marked the first time the Bears had been swept in consecutive matches since the 1996 season (Oct. 5 at Augustana and Oct. 11 at North Dakota State) and first time they had been swept in back-to-back days since the 1993 season (at the NCAA Elite 8).
The Bears are back in action next Friday when they battle Boise State in Larmaie, Wyo. at the Wyoming Cowgirl Invitational at 7 p.m. UNC will then play host Wyoming on Saturday at 7 p.m.