Volleyball Improves to 2-0 at LIU Classic With Sweep of Iona
Sept. 30, 2005
BROOKLYN, N.Y. - The University of Northern Colorado women's volleyball team capped an undefeated day at the Courtyard by Marriott LIU Classic, and needed only an hour to do so, in sweeping its second match of the day, topping Iona College 3-0 by scores of 30-25, 30-16 and 30-19 on Friday at The Schwartz Center.
After sweeping Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in the morning, the Bears (6-8) returned to the court in the afternoon and got 12 kills from senior Amanda Wiggins and 11 kills from junior Lizzy Rhoads in breezing past Iona (3-12) in straight sets.
The Bears have now won four matches in a row, including their last three by 3-0 margins. Overall the Bears have four 3-0 sweeps in 2005.
Sophomore Courtney Bourret came off the Bears bench to notch 11 digs, one off her career-high, while senior setter Corrinne Chapin and sophomore libero Abby Mayne each also registered 11 digs. The Bears had 20 block assists on the night, with Rhoads adding six and sophomore Dani Veal notching five.
"Although we had a little bit of a slow start, it was a great performance tonight," head coach Lyndsey Benson said. "We served and blocked really well and those things usually go together and are easy points to get. Courtney came off the bench and was big for us with 11 digs and Amanda and Lizzy were consistent once again."
Miki Hogg had 10 kills to lead Iona, who hit only .083 as a team. Northern Colorado made only 11 hitting errors and hit .292 as a squad.
The pair of wins on Friday were the first of the year for the Bears who entered this weekend's event 0-4 on Friday's.
Northern Colorado concludes play at the event on Saturday when they play Florida Atlantic at 1 p.m. MT and host Long Island University at 5 p.m. MT. LIU won a pair of matches on Friday, including handing Florida Atlantic its first loss of the season. FAU topped Iona 3-0 on Friday.