Northern Colorado Volleyball Falls In Three To Denver
Sept. 18, 2007
GREELEY, Colo.- The University of Northern Colorado's volleyball team (4-9, 2-0 Big Sky), despite a career-high 15 kills from freshman Ashley Lichtenberg, fell to visiting Denver (6-7) in three games (30-25, 32-30, 37-35) on Tuesday, Sept. 18 at the Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion.
Lichtenberg also hit a career best .379 hitting percentage (15-4-29) from the field on her 15 kills to go along with two digs. Senior Dulcie Stone recorded her seventh double-double of the season with 11 kills and 15 digs. Sophomore Taylor Smith chipped in 10 kills and four blocks. Sophomore Allison Raguse had a fine all-around performance with seven kills, six digs and three blocks. Lindsey McDaniel led the team in assists for the third consecutive match with 44. Abby Mayne just missed eclipsing the 20 digs mark and ended up with 19.
The Bears had control early in the first game and held a commanding 14-8 lead on Stone's kill. The lead reach as high as eight before DU went on a 15-7 run to tie the game at 24. After NC briefly took the lead back on an attack error, the Pioneers closed the game on a 5-0 run to take the first game 30-25.
The second game was a different story, as the Bears found themselves playing catch-up for most of the game. The DU lead which was as high as six, dwindled to one on a Kenzie Shreeve blast at 26-25. The Bears were able to tie the game at 26, 28, 29 and 30 but were never able to get over the hump and take the lead and eventually fell 32-30 on an attack error.
The Pioneers again had the early lead in the third game, however the Bears would not go away quietly and tied the game at 14 on a Stone kill. The game from that point saw 14 tied scores and the Bears even took a three-point lead on the block assist from McDaniel and Smith at 28-25, but the Pioneers would continue to rally until a kill from Kerry Porter and a service ace from Clare Maxwell on consecutive plays finished off the game and match.
Senior Kim Muller lead the way for the Pioneers with 16 kills. She was one three players to hit double-digits for DU.
Northern Colorado will get back into conference play and head to Sacramento, Calif. to take on Sacramento State on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. PT.