Chapin Leads Bears to Win Over RedHawks at Miami Classic
Sept. 17, 2005
OXFORD, Ohio - The University of Northern Colorado women's volleyball team finished the Miami Best Western/Sycamore Inn Classic on a positive note, topping the host RedHawks 3-1 by scores of 30-21, 25-30, 32-30 and 30-24 on Saturday night at Millett Hall.
Northern Colorado (3-8) was led by senior setter Corrinne Chapin who had 52 assists, 10 kills and eight digs, coming up just two digs short of a triple-double (after coming up one dig short in a match this morning). Chapin earned All-Tournament honors at the event after averaging 12.27 assists, 2.00 kills, 2.82 digs and 1.00 blocks in the Bears three matches (UNC went 1-2 at the event).
The theme of the weekend for the Bears had been building leads only to see them slip away late in matches. That would not be the case on Saturday night against Miami (7-4). The first game was tied at six before a Lizzy Rhoads kill sparked the Bears. Northern Colorado built as big as an 11-point lead in the set, which ended on another Rhoads kill.
The RedHawks made the most of the second set, breaking a 17-17 tie on the way to a five-point set win.
In game three, the teams were matched evenly and tied at each 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30 until an unlikely source came through. Redshirt freshman Lenay Goble showed her offensive prowess, recording back-to-back kills to give the Bears a 2-1 lead in the match.
The final set was tied at 14 before a 5-2 run sparked the Bears and sent them to the match victory.
"All-around we played with much more urgency as tonight's match was a great turn-around for our team," head coach Lyndsey Benson said. "We are growing as a team and just need more matches like tonight to get over the hump.
"Corrinne had double-digit kills in each of the last two matches and that is a huge offensive weapon when you can get that production from your setter. Meredith stepped up offensively this tournament as well which really helped us."
Amanda Wiggins, who averaged a team-high 3.91 kills/game and 5.00 digs/game at the event came through with 16 kills and 15 digs in the tournament finale. Meredith Alder continued her hot streak, notching 14 kills while hitting .314 (14-3-35); Alder also added five blocks. Rhoads sparked the Bears defense, notching a career-high 11 blocks and adding 14 kills. Abby Mayne added a match-high 21 digs.
Alex Ratcliff led the home team with 21 kills while hitting .298 (21-7-47).
Although 0-6 this season in neutral site matches, the Bears are 2-2 on opponent's home courts.
Northern Colorado returns home to host fellow Division I Independent South Dakota State next Saturday (the 24th) at 7 p.m. in Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion.
Final Team Standings
1. Virginia Tech
2. Wright State
3. Northern Colorado
4. Miami University
Melissa Markowski - Virginia Tech (MVP)
Erin Brugger - Virginia Tech
Katie Esbrook - Virginia Tech
Jenny Schultz - Wright State
Taylor Gerlach - Wright State
Carli Reihman - Miami
Corrinne Chapin - Northern Colorado