First Place Hornets Sweep Past Volleyball Bears
Oct. 5, 2006
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Sacramento State, the coaches choice to win its 10th straight Big Sky Conference title, swept (30-18, 30-15, 30-25) past the University of Northern Colorado volleyball team on Thursday night in the first meeting between the teams this season.
The Hornets (17-4, 5-0 Big Sky) remained the only undefeated team in the conference, as Northern Colorado (7-9, 4-3 Big Sky) dropped its second consecutive conference match.
"Our serve receive broke down the first two games and we could not spread our offense," Bears head coach Lyndsey Benson said. "As soon as we were able to do that in the third game, we battled and gave ourselves a chance, it was just too late."
Sacramento State jumped out to big leads in each of the first two games, 13-5 in the opener and 21-9 in the second one. But Northern Colorado fixed its serve receive problems in the final game and actually led the Hornets 18-13 midway through the third set. After leading 21-18 on a kill by Allison Raguse, Northern Colorado allowed Sacramento State to score eight straight points as the Hornets cruised to the victory on its home court.
Junior Dulcie Stone had a team-high 17 digs and junior Abby Mayne, who made her return to the court after missing Saturday's match (a loss to Montana), added 10 digs, her 13th double-digit dig match of the season. Mayne is now only two digs out of 14th place in school history.
Lindsay Haupt and Atlee Hubbard had 11 kills apiece to lead the Hornets while this year's three-time Big Sky Player of the Week Michelle Franz had seven blocks.
The meeting was the first between the teams since the 1984 season; the two squads will meet again on Nov. 11 in Greeley.
Northern Colorado continues its road trip on Saturday night when it plays at Weber State (3-17, 0-6). The Wildcats will host Northern Arizona on Friday night before playing the Bears.