Northern Colorado Volleyball Drops A Five-Gamer To Weber State
Oct. 4, 2007
GREELEY, Colo.- The University of Northern Colorado's volleyball team (4-14, 2-4 Big Sky) lost a tough five-gamer to visiting conference rival Weber State (6-8, 3-2 Big Sky) on Thursday, Oct. 4 at Butler-Hancock. The game scores were 30-28, 23-30, 11-30, 30-22, 15-17. NC has now dropped its last five matches.
Senior Dulcie Stone led the offensive attack with 17 kills on a .250 hitting percentage (17-4-52). She also tallied 15 digs for her eighth double-double of the season. Sophomore Allison Raguse totaled 14 kills and five blocks. Fellow sophomore Kenzie Shreeve had one her best matches of the season with 14 kills, 11 digs and three blocks. Freshman setter Lindsey McDaniel put up 56 assists and 15 digs. Senior Abby Mayne led the team with 19 digs. The Bears had a total of six players that reached double figures in digs. Breanna VanDerMost had 13 digs and Lauren Carter picked up 15 for NC. Mayne also had both service aces for the Bears.
The Bears won the first game despite being outhit .275 to .159. Stone led the way for the Bears with six kills on a .267 hitting percentage. Raguse had a strong early performance with three kills and two blocks.
The second game was more of the same, as NC was outhit .255 to .159. Stone and Shreeve both tallied five kills for Northern Colorado but it was not enough as Brittany Bisaillon had five on a .500 hitting percentage for the Wildcats in the 30-23 victory.
The Bears had a very slow start in the third game, quickly falling behind 13-4 on their way to a 30-11 loss. Weber State hit an impressive .378 in the third stanza and was led by the five kills from Micah Lines.
NC regrouped in the fourth game and played their best game of the match. The Bears outhit Weber State .378 to .196. Raguse turned in a strong performance with seven kills on a .462 hitting percentage (7-1-13). Freshman Ashley Lichtenberg also played well for NC with five kills on a .625 hitting percentage.
Northern Colorado played strong in the fifth game and and held a 14-12 lead. The Wildcats then stormed back and tied things up a 14. NC then took a 15-14 lead on the kill from sophomore Taylor Smith. Once again on the verge of a win, Northern Colorado witnessed the Wildcats come back and end the game and match on a 3-0 run, highlighted by back-to-back kills from Chelsea Blair. The Bears were outhit .250 to .147 in the fifth and final game. Stone led the NC attack with three kills on eight swings.
Blair led the Wildcats attack with 17 kills. She was one of five WSU players to hit double-digits in kills.
"It was frustrating tonight since we controlled the fifth game and I really thought that we were going to be able to pull it out," Lyndsey Benson explained. "I feel like we took another step forward tonight. I think that Lindsey had the best match of her career. So we are going in the right direction with our setting position. Kenzie had her best match of the season. We put ourselves in the right situation, which is something we have been focusing on lately. We just didn't execute when it matter. I thought the team showed maturity in bouncing back in the fourth game after a rough third game. Taking the match to five games after a rough third game is something we wouldn't have been able to do earlier in the season and it shows real signs of maturity and showed me this team is beginning to grow up."
Northern Colorado will now welcome in Idaho State on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m.