Central Michigan Trips Up Volleyball Bears in Opener of UWM Panther Invitational
Sept. 8, 2006
MILWAUKEE, Wis. - The University of Northern Colorado volleyball team had its chances but was unable to capitalize as they fell to Central Michigan University 3-1 in the first match of the 2006 Pepsi Panther Invitational hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and held at the Klotsche Center on Friday.
Central Michigan (6-1), whose only loss on the season came to George Mason, overcame an early deficit in game number one to grab an 18-12 lead thanks to three consecutive kills in four total points by Sarah Warner. But Northern Colorado (3-4) fought back to tie the set at 27 on a kill by Lizzy Rhoads before back-to-back Bear attack errors put CMU up 29-27. A kill by Whitney Evers would end the first set.
The second set was back-and-forth early as well before the Chippewas grabbed a 19-16 lead. But a kill by Dulcie Stone tied the game at 20 and several points later another Stone put away brought the score to 24-21 in favor of Northern Colorado. The Bears went on to win the second set 30-24.
Central Michigan would jump out to a huge lead in game three, leading 20-8 at one point. But Northern Colorado scored 10 of the next 12 points and eventually got as close as 23-19 before CMU won the set 30-24.
CMU led game four 18-9 before the Bears mounted another charge which was eventually punctuated with a double block by Allison Raguse and Lizzy Rhoads to give Northern Colorado a 26-25 lead. The Bears took a 30-29 on a kill by freshman Kristen Schevikhoven before a pair of CMU kills gave the Chippewas a 32-30 set and match victory.
Schevikhoven narrowly missed a triple-double for the second time this season, finishing with nine kills, 10 digs and 31 assists. Three Bears finished in double-figure kills with Stone and freshman Devon Crotteau tallying 11 apiece and Meredith Alder adding 10.
Junior libero Abby Mayne had a match-high 19 digs and now needs only 28 digs to become a member of the program's 1,000-Dig Club. Senior Lizzy Rhoads had nine kills and six blocks. She increased her career block assists total to 233, moving her from 11th to ninth on the Bears all-time list.
Allison Baker led CMU with 20 kills while hitting an impressive .531 (20-3-32) and Warner added 16 kills.
Northern Colorado is back in action today at 3:30 p.m. MT when they take on the nation's 11th-ranked team in the University of Wisconsin.