Volleyball Wins A Pair On First Day Of UNC Hampton Inn & Suites Classic
Aug. 31, 2007
GREELEY, Colo.- The University of Northern Colorado (2-3) won its first two matches of the season with wins over Saint Francis (PA) (0-2) and UC Riverside (0-2) on Friday, August 31 on the first day of the UNC Hampton Inn & Suites Classic in Greeley, Colo. The Bears defeated Saint Francis (PA) by the scores of 30-16, 30-25 and 30-25. The victory over UC Riverside went 30-28, 30-25, 30-27. Northern Colorado will continue its play in the tournament with matches against Florida Gulf Coast at 2 p.m. and Iowa at 7 p.m. on Sept.1
For the Bears against Riverside, sophomore Allison Raguse led the team with 11 kills and hit .529 (11-2-17). Redshirt sophomore Kenzie Shreeve just missed out on the double figure kill mark with nine. Junior setter Lauren Carter led the team with 27 assists and tallied eight assists. Senior Dulcie Stone totaled 12 digs, two blocks and three service aces. Freshman Julie Stephenson appeared in the last two games for NC and provided a huge spark with five kills and five assists.
The match was competitive throughout and provided a nice come from behind win in the third and final game. In the third game, the Bears trailed by four at 24-20 before a mini-run led by a pair of Stephenson kills knotted matters up at 24 all. The game saw tie scores at 24, 25 and 26 before another Stephenson kill gave the Bears the lead for good at 27-26. A Shreeve kill put NC on the verge of a victory. A Riverside error then gave Norhern Colorado the 30-27 game-three victory.
In the first match of the afternoon Northern Colorado defeat Saint Francis in three. The second match of the day saw Iowa defeat UC Riverside in four (26-30, 30-20, 30-28, 30-25). The third match was a Florida Gulf Coast win over Saint Francis (30-24, 30-15, 30-22) in three-games.
Northern Colorado will return to action and host a pair of matches on the final day of the tournament. The tournament action will kickoff at 9 a.m. with a match between UC Riverside and Florida Gulf Coast.