No. 9 Wisconsin Defeats Spikers in Three Sets
Sept. 9, 2005
BOZEMAN, Mont. - The University of Northern Colorado women's volleyball team was overmatched by the ninth-ranked team in the country, the Wisconsin Badgers, in the opening match of the 11th Annual Montana State University Holiday Inn Classic on Friday as they fell in straight sets by scores of 30-20, 30-16 and 30-22.
The match was the first against a nationally-ranked Division I foe in Northern Colorado's (1-4) NCAA era (post-1981) and came against a very good Wisconsin (4-0) team that made the NCAA Elite 8 a year ago.
"Although we lost in three, our level of play was better than it was a week ago against Wyoming," first-year head coach Lyndsey Benson said. "It is not a disappointing loss because Wisconsin is a very good team and we are not use to playing a team of their caliber yet. It will take us a couple of matches against teams of that level in order for us to compete at that level."
Although the score looked lopsided, the match was actually much closer than the score indicated. The first set was tied at 12 before the Badgers went on a 4-0 run that swung all the momentum in their favor and won the first set by 10 points. The Bears led 9-8 in game number two before a 12-3 UW run put the set in their favor. In the final game, the Bears were within a point at 18-17 before the Badgers proved to be too much and pulled away.
Senior Amanda Wiggins led the team with eight kills while sophomore Dani Veal added seven as did freshman and reigning Division I Independent Newcomer of the Week Liz Franz. Redshirt freshman Lenay Goble added four kills in her first significant collegiate action. Freshman Lauren Carter also entered the match and saw her first college action.
The Badgers were led by Maria Carlini's 15 kills as UW hit .391 compared to the Bears .068.
The Bears are back in action on Saturday as they play their final two matches at the Holiday Inn Classic. UNC meets future Big Sky Conference foe Montana State at 10 a.m. and then gets to tackle No. 14 Missouri at 4:30 p.m.