Volleyball Falls 3-1 to Future Big Sky Foe Montana State
Sept. 10, 2005
BOZEMAN, Mont. - The University of Northern Colorado women's volleyball team dropped its second match of the 11th Annual Montana State Holiday Inn Classic, losing 3-1 to future Big Sky Conference foe Montana State on Saturday morning at Shroyer Gym.
Northern Colorado (1-5) lost by scores of 30-24, 26-30, 30-16 and 30-22 to the Big Sky Bobcats (5-4) in the first meeting between the teams in 22 years. The teams had played twice previously, in the 1981 and 1983 seasons. UNC and MSU will meet twice annually beginning next season when the Bears officially become a member of the Big Sky Conference.
"Liz Franz was the only hitter that hit efficiently enough for us as we were missing that from our other hitters," head coach Lyndsey Benson said. "We just couldn't get in a rhythm the whole match. We thought we could compete with a Big Sky team, but just were not sharp enough today. Dani (Veal) and Amanda (Wiggins) hit the ball well but had too many errors at the same time."
Franz had a career-high 10 kills while hitting .318 (10-3-22) and also adding six blocks. Wiggins and Veal each added a team-high 15 kills but hit only .122 and .135 respectively. Sophomore Abby Mayne had another stellar defensive game, recording 22 digs in the four games.
Kim Stonehouse's 17 kills led Montana State.
After losing the first set, the Bears evened the match with a victory in set two but lost all that momentum in the third game as MSU used an 8-2 run to build a 21-12 lead.
The Bears complete play at the Holiday Inn Classic at 4:30 p.m. today when they battle the 14th ranked team in the country, the Missouri Tigers.