September 30, 2004

Wichita State Sweeps Bears to End Four-Match Winning Streak

Sept. 29, 2004

Box Score

WICHITA, Kan. - For only the third time in the Ron Alexander Era, the University of Northern Colorado women's volleyball team suffered a straight sets loss, falling by scores of 30-18, 30-22 and 30-19 to Wichita State on Wednesday night, snapping the Bears four-match winning streak.

UNC (9-6) had previously only lost to Augustana (Oct. 3, 2002) and top 25 Utah (Sept. 18, 2004) by 3-0 fashion before falling to the Shockers (8-4), a top 50 RPI team, on Wednesday.

"We just did not play well tonight," UNC head coach Ron Alexander said. "We had no rhythm and you can't beat anybody on our schedule playing like that, especially not a Top 50 team like Wichita State. But we'll regroup and go out tomorrow and play our best against UMKC."

The Bears made a combined 20 errors in sets one and two, as they hit .000 in each set. They committed only nine errors compared to 12 kills in the final set, but that was good enough for only a .068 percentage; for the match UNC hit a season-low .026.

Senior All-American Erin Deffenbaugh narrowly missed recording only her fifth career match with under 10 kills, as she reached 10 exactly on the night, in 29 attempts. She was the only Bear in double-figure kills as Maggie Ledall added six and sophomore Lizzy Rhoads had five.

Freshman libero Abby Mayne added a match-high 15 digs while freshman Dani Veal matched her season-high with six blocks, the fourth time this season she has had six blocks in a match.

WSU was led by 11 kills from Pueblo native Jen Ray. The Shockers hit .259 as a team.

UNC is back in action on Thursday night when they travel to UMKC to battle the Kangaroos. Match time is 6 p.m. mountain time and the match can be heard live on 1010 KSIR and free online at UNCBears.com.

Match Notes: The meeting was the first-ever between the teams on the volleyball court ... the loss snapped a season-high four-match winning streak for the Bears ... UNC has now lost three matches in a row on the road, the first time that has happened since the 2001 season ... the match was the first for UNC on a Wednesday this year.