Volleyball Tops South Dakota State in Five Sets
Oct. 7, 2005
BROOKINGS, S.D. - The University of Northern Colorado women's volleyball team dropped the first set on Friday night but was able to overcome that deficit and eventually top Division I Independent rival South Dakota State in five sets by scores of 26-30, 30-26, 30-23, 30-32 and 15-8.
Entering the match Northern Colorado (8-9) had been 0-9 this season when trailing 1-0 in a match. It marked the first time since the last match of last year (at Utah Valley State) that the Bears had fallen behind 1-0 and come back to win.
The win was only the second time the Bears had won in Frost Arena in its last seven trips to Brookings. SDSU won 3-1 there a year ago and the only other time since the 1998 season UNC had won there was in 2002 (that Bears team that advanced to the NCAA Elite 8).
The win was the second over South Dakota State (9-11) in the past 13 days; the Bears won 3-0 in Greeley on Sept. 24. The teams may meet one more time this season, at the Division I Independent Championships held in Greeley Nov. 10-12. Northern Colorado leads the all-time series 20-11.
UNC is now 2-1 this season in five-set matches and 8-4 overall in their last 12 five-setters.
"To win a five-game match on anyone's home court is big," head coach Lyndsey Benson said. "We are making huge strides as a team and I love our mental toughness. We made plays at key moments and stepped up when it mattered.
"They didn't have an answer for Lizzy tonight. Last time it was Lenay they did not have an answer for, so it is good to have different people to go to in clutch situations. Defense was also key tonight, as we dug the ball very well. I don't think there was one ball that fell that we did not make a last ditch effort to dig."
South Dakota State was led by 20 kills from reigning D-I Independent Newcomer of the Week Laura Slagter while Kristina Martin had 17 kills.
UNC has now won six of its last seven matches overall.
The Bears finish their road trip tomorrow night when they battle another Division I Independent in North Dakota State (1-20) at 6 p.m MT. Northern Colorado has won the last six in the series with the Bison.