Volleyball Team Easily Hops Past UMKC in Straight Sets
Sept. 30, 2004
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The University of Northern Colorado women's volleyball team shook off a 3-0 loss to Wichita State from Wednesday night by bouncing back and sweeping UMKC by scores of 30-20, 30-28 and 30-22 on Thursday night.
The win was the fifth in UNC's (10-6) last six matches and the team has won seven of their last 10 matches overall. It was the sixth time this year that the teams has swept an opponent and 49th time they had swept an opponent in the Ron Alexander Era.
After a slow start a night ago against the Shockers, the Bears did not allow themselves to fall behind to UMKC (2-11), jumping out early on a way to a 10-point set win. The Kangaroos controlled most of the early part of game two before UNC used a big run to jump out to a lead. UNC led by five late before a four-point UMKC run cut the lead to 29-28 but they could get no closer.
Set number three was once again all in the favor of the Bears as they cruised to the eight point win and match sweep.
"I thought that the tone is set in warm-ups, set when you show up at the gym and that is a sign of maturity and I thought we did better at that tonight," said UNC head coach Ron Alexander. "The fact that we didn't contribute to UMKC's scoring tonight was a key for us. We just have to put strings of matches together where we go out and do the right things."
After suffering a slight concussion in yesterday's match, senior All-American Erin Deffenbaugh, who was questionable earlier in the day, responded well, knocking down 16 kills and tying a season-high with a .394 hitting percentage (also set against Air Force). She also had a match-high 12 digs to net her ninth double-double of the year. She increased her career kills total to 2,175 and needs only 15 to move into sole possession of ninth place in NCAA history.
Senior Maggie Ledall continued her torrid hitting pace, netting 12 kills in 17 swings without an error, for a .706 hitting percentage. She is now hitting .387 on the season and has hit .500 or better in five of her last six matches overall.
Angela Melka led the Kangaroos with 14 kills while Lauren Starks added 11. UMKC hit only .167 while the Bears hit .352.
The Bears are off until next Tuesday night, Oct. 5, when they host the United States Air Force Academy at 7 p.m. UNC bested the Falcons 3-0 at the Academy earlier this season in the first meeting between the two teams in a decade. The match can be heard live on 1010 KSIR and free online at UNCBears.com.
Match Notes: The meeting was only the second-ever between the two teams as the Bears won the last meeting as well, 2-0 in the 1980 season ... UNC was without the services of Amanda Wiggins and Ashley Pagel, both of who were suffering from flu-like symptoms ... the match was the first of the year for the Bears on Thursday ... UNC improved to 8-1 this season when leading 1-0 in a match and 6-0 when leading 2-0.