Volleyball Remains Perfect in Big Sky With 3-1 Win Over Idaho State
Sept. 16, 2006
POCATELLO, Idaho - After winning its inaugural Big Sky Conference match on Thursday - a home win over Northern Arizona - the University of Northern Colorado volleyball team won its first-ever Big Sky Conference road contest on Saturday night, topping Idaho State 3-1 (30-27, 25-30, 30-28, 30-21) at Reed Gym.
Northern Colorado (5-6, 2-0 Big Sky) remained perfect in its first season of Big Sky play and is one of only four teams (along with Montana, Portland State and Sacramento State) in the Big Sky undefeated after the opening weekend of play.
"To get a road win in the Big Sky on any court is huge, so tonight is a very big win for us," Bears head coach Lyndsey Benson said after the match. "I thought we fought hard the entire match. We made some good adjustments, especially in games three and four to help close out the match. We also served aggressively and had some breakout offensive games from Lizzy (Rhoads) and Lenay (Goble)."
The teams battled back-and-forth early as each team hit well in the opening set (.265 for the Bears compared to .286 for the Bengals) with Northern Colorado winning the opening set and Idaho State (5-9, 1-1) evening the match with a win in set two.
But the Bears continued to make adjustments and hit a match-high .377 (26-6-53) in the third set to take a lead it would not relinquish with a 30-28 victory.
In the final set it was defense and ISU errors that allowed the Bears to jump to a 22-11 lead on its way to a 30-21 win.
Freshman Devon Crotteau continued her excellent first campaign with the Bears, netting a career-high 17 kills while also adding four digs and five block assists.
Senior Lizzy Rhoads had a season-high 16 kills (one off her career-best) to go along with a season-high eight blocks. Sophomore Lenay Goble had her first double-digit kills match of the season (13) while Dulcie Stone netted her fifth double-double of the year with 14 kills and 11 digs.
Idaho State's Zoe Beltz had a career-high 18 kills to lead the Bengals.
The Bears are now 2-2 in true road matches this season.
The meeting between the two teams was the first since the 1982 season; Northern Colorado now leads the all-time series 3-1. The two teams will face off in Greeley on Oct. 12.
Northern Colorado returns to action next week with a pair of road matches, at Portland State on Thursday and at Eastern Washington on Saturday.