Northern Colorado Volleyball Downed By Sacramento State In Three
Sept. 22, 2007
SACRAMENTO, Calif.- The University of Northern Colorado's volleyball team (4-10, 2-1 Big Sky) saw their conference winning-streak snapped at two in a three-game loss to Sacramento State (13-3, 2-0 Big Sky) (30-26, 30-22, 30-22) on Saturday, Sept. 22 in Sacramento, Calif.
Senior Dulcie Stone led Northern Colorado with 10 kills. It was the 11th time that Stone has reached double figures in kills this season. Stone also hit .346 (10-1-26) from the field and tallied eight digs for NC. Sophomore Allison Raguse continued her strong all-around play with nine kills, seven digs and two blocks for a team-high 12.5 points. Fellow sophomore Taylor Smith put in an eight-kill effort to go along with her team best hitting percentage of .412 (8-1-17). Senior Abby Mayne for the 10th time this season led the team in digs with 14. Both of the Bears setters reached double figures with freshman Lindsey McDaniel leading the team with 22 and Lauren Carter chipping in 13.
The Bears had a slow start in the first game as they faced a 10-3 deficit before rallying to get to within five on Stone's kill. After falling behind nine at 26-17, the Bears stormed back to get within three on a service ace from freshman Julie Stephenson and an attack error from the Sacramento defense on back-to-back plays. Reigning AVCA National Player of the Week, Missie Stidham put an end to the rally and the game with her kill, giving Sacramento State a 30-26 victory.
The Bears came out strong in the second game and jumped out to a quick three-point advantage on an Ashley Lichtenberg kill. The Hornets would rally and ultimately tied the game at 13 on another Stidham kill. A 10-3 Hornets run really opened the game up and forced the Bears to use a timeout. NC, after the stoppage of play, would get to within five on the block assist from Lichtenberg and Raguse but that was close as Northern Colorado could get on their way to a 30-22 second-game loss.
NC held a brief 4-1 lead in the third game on the kill from sophomore Kenzie Shreeve. Sacramento State then rallied and went on 8-2 run, capped off by a block from Michelle Franz to take a 9-6 lead. The Bears kept up and stayed within three until a 14-8 Sacramento State run allowed the Hornets to open a eight-point advantage on their way to a 30-22 match victory.
Stidham had a terrific match for the Hornets with 22 kills, 15 digs and two blocks. Franz controlled the action around the net for Sacramento State with seven blocks. This was the 11th consecutive Big Sky match that Sacramento State has swept at home over the last two seasons.
"At times tonight we played some great volleyball," Lyndsey Benson commented. "Both Taylor and Dulcie proved to be effective scorers. I'm very excited about our potential. We definitely took another step forward tonight."
Northern Colorado will continue its conference slate with a pair of road matches next weekend. The Bears will head to Eastern Washington on Sept. 27 and then make the trip to Portland State on Sept. 29.