Spikers Top Bison To Reach .500 Mark On The Season
Oct. 8, 2005
FARGO, N.D. - The University of Northern Colorado women's volleyball team continued its hot streak, winning for the seventh time in its last eight matches by defeating North Dakota State 3-1 by scores of 30-22, 33-31, 28-30 and 30-19 at Bentson Bunker Fieldhouse on Saturday night.
Since Sept. 17, Northern Colorado (9-9) has been nearly unbeatable, sweeping three of its opponents and dropping only a 3-2 decision at 2004 NCAA Tournament team Long Island over that time period. By winning seven of eight the Bears reached the .500 mark for the first time this season.
The win was the seventh in a row for the Bears over North Dakota State (1-21) and second straight in Fargo over the Bison. NDSU now holds only a 22-20 lead in the all-time series over UNC.
After game one was tied at seven, the Bears used an 8-0 run fueled by three kills and a block from senior Amanda Wiggins. That fueled all the momentum the Bears would need as they won game one by eight points. UNC won up by as many eight in game two (23-15) before North Dakota State battled back. The Bison tied the game at 28 and the set was tied at 31 before Lizzy Rhoads and Wiggins had back-to-back kills to give the Bears a 2-0 advantage in the match.
Northern Colorado struggled in game three, hitting a match-low .122 in the set as NDSU won 30-28 and pulled to within 2-1. But dropping the set proved to be a momentum turner for the Bears, as they bounced back strong in the fourth set, leading 26-17 on a kill by Dani Veal on the way to a 30-19 victory.
"The positive thing for us tonight was that we got to use a lot of people in key situations," Bears head coach Lyndsey Benson said. "We put them in pressure situations and were able to see how they performed.
"But overall I was not pleased with our effort. We played an ugly match right there with NDSU. We should have taken control of the match offensively but we didn't. However, Amanda was great for us offensively, as they did not have an answer for her on the outside."
Wiggins had a match-high 22 kills (one off her career-high set in 2003 against NDSU) while hitting .346 (22-4-52). She also added 14 digs and three blocks. Rhoads was the only other Bear with double-figure kills, notching 11 while also registering seven blocks.
Redshirt freshman Lenay Goble had three kills in game one before suffering an injury and be forced to the bench. In her place, sophomore Dulcie Stone had a career-high seven kills and hit .417 (7-2-2). Senior Corrinne Chapin had another steady match, as she totaled 52 assists, eight digs and three blocks. Sophomore Abby Mayne had a match-high 21 digs.
Kelly Lopez had 20 kills to lead North Dakota State, who has lost seven in a row and 21 of 22 overall this season.
The Bears and Bison will also meet Nov. 5 in Greeley.
Northern Colorado is now 4-3 this season on opponent's home courts.
The Bears play only two matches over the next two weeks, next playing on Saturday, Oct. 15 when they host Utah Valley State at 7 p.m. Northern Colorado has a 31-match home-court winning streak, now second in the nation behind Ohio University's 34 straight at home.