October 7, 2006

Bears Win Five-Set Thriller Against Weber State

Oct. 7, 2006

Box Score

OGDEN, Utah - Dulcie Stone had a career-high 19 kills as the University of Northern Colorado volleyball team won a five-set thriller on the road in Big Sky Conference play, downing Weber State 3-2 (30-24, 30-23, 24-30, 20-30, 15-11) on Saturday night at Swenson Gym.

After dropping its two previous Big Sky matches after starting its inaugural season in the conference 4-1, Northern Colorado (8-9, 5-3 Big Sky) won the first two sets on Saturday night and withstood a big Weber State (4-18, 1-7 Big Sky) rally by winning in a fifth set for the first time this season.

The Bears, who are now 19-1 under head coach Lyndsey Benson when winning game No. 1, started quickly by breaking a tie midway through the first game and winning that set 30-24. The Bears quickly won that second set, putting them in a great position to take the match.

But Weber State, who had struggled at times this season and who had lost 11 in a row before winning against Northern Arizona on Friday night, pulled together and won the next two sets, including a 30-20 blowout in the fourth set to force the decisive set.

Both teams gave it their all at the beginning of the fifth set as it was tied at 9-9 on a kill by Stone. But back-to-back bad sets by the Wildcats gave Northern Colorado a lead it would not relinquish. A Meredith Alder kill made it 14-11 and a kill by Devon Crotteau put the game away as the Bears improved to 4-4 in road matches this season.

"We put ourselves in some situations that we should not have been in tonight," Benson said after the match. "The positive is we pulled it out this time and it was a good fifth game win on an opponent's home floor, which we will take.

"Lizzy (Rhoads) and Dulcie both played good matches offensively for us tonight. I thought the difference in the match was that Abby (Mayne) and 'Schevi' (Kristen Schevikhoven) came up with some huge defensive plays in the final game. They really responded and showed their competitive spirit as they were not going to lose this match on the road."

Stone had her 19 kills in 56 attempts while also adding 12 digs, her eighth double-double of the season. Stone was coming off a match with only two kills at Sacramento State on Thursday.

Senior Lizzy Rhoads added 15 kills, one off her season-high, while also registering three blocks.

Mayne added 17 digs, increasing her career total to 1,074 and moving her into 14th place on the Bears career dig list.

Alder added 13 kills, four digs and six blocks. Schevikhoven had a match-high 41 assists, 12 digs and a career-high five blocks. Lauren Carter added nine assists and 10 digs.

Kolbie Murphey had 15 kills to lead Weber State.

Northern Colorado now leads the all-time series with Weber by a 10-1 margin. The two teams will battle again on Nov. 9 in Greeley.

Northern Colorado is back in action on Thursday night when it hosts Idaho State (8-13, 4-4 Big Sky) at 7 p.m. The Bears topped the Bengals 3-1 in Pocatello on Sept. 16.