Volleyball Extends Nation's Longest Home Court Winning Streak With 3-0 Win Over Air Force
Sept. 13, 2005
GREELEY, Colo. - The University of Northern Colorado women's volleyball team extended Division I's longest home court winning streak to 30 matches with a 3-0 victory over in-state rival Air Force on Tuesday night at Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion.
The Bears (2-6) have not lost at home since the end of the 2001 season and are now in sole possession of the longest streak (breaking a tie with Ohio University who has won 29 matches in a row).
The match was pretty one-sided, especially after Air Force's best player, Kristin Hamlett (who was averaging over four kills per game) went down with an injury early in game one. The Falcons (3-7) seemed out of sorts after that and never recovered. The Bears led 6-1 in that opening set and by as many as 12 late in the set on the way to the 30-17 win.
Air Force took a 1-0 lead in each game two and three but would never lead after that point as the Bears won 30-21 and 30-16 to close out the match.
"I am pleased with our effort for the most part," head coach Lyndsey Benson said after the match. "We could have played a little sharper in games one and two but came out on top anyway. We will need to take this momentum into our matches this weekend against some very good teams."
Sophomore Dani Veal sparked the Bears offense that hit a season-high .361 (after not hitting above .124 in its prior seven matches). Veal matched her career-high with 15 kills, a mark she has reached three times this year, and hit .500 (15-3-24). Senior Amanda Wiggins had 12 kills and hit .312 (12-2-32) while junior Lizzy Rhoads added 10 kills.
Senior setter Corrinne Chapin had a great all-around night, with a match-high 41 assists to go along with her five kills, five digs and four blocks. Reigning Division I Independent Defensive Player of the Week Abby Mayne had 10 kills and freshman Kenzie Shreeve, seeing her first playing time of the season, recorded her first collegiate kill.
Air Force struggled, hitting only .054 as a team. Brooke Akers led the Falcons with 14 kills and a .440 hitting percentage.
The Bears have now won four in a row and nine of their last 10 against Air Force. In Greeley, UNC has won 16 of 17 against the Falcons.
Northern Colorado also extended a trio of streak besides their home court streak. The Bears have now won 17 consecutive matches against teams from the state of Colorado and 42 of their last 43 matches played in the state of Colorado. UNC also won for the 15th consecutive time on a Tuesday; tonight's match was their lone Tuesday match of the year.
Northern Colorado returns to action this weekend at the Miami Best Western/Sycamore Inn Classic in Oxford, Ohio. They battle Wright State, Virginia Tech and Miami University in the two-day event.