Bears Extend Home-Court Streak to 32 With Sweep of Wolverines
Oct. 15, 2005
GREELEY, Colo. - The University of Northern Colorado women's volleyball team extended its home-court winning streak to 32 matches, the second longest in Division I, with a 3-0 sweep of fellow Division I Independent rival Utah Valley State on Saturday by scores of 30-15, 30-25 and 30-26.
Northern Colorado (10-9) is a perfect 3-0 at home this season, winning all three matches by sweeps, and has not lost in Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion since the end of the 2001 season. Their streak is the second longest nationally behind Ohio University's 35 in a row.
The Bears were not on the top of their game all night but took Utah Valley State's (8-9) best shot and still came out on top. UNC scored the first five points of the match and led 18-9 midway through the first set on a way to a 30-15 blowout.
Utah Valley had its way in the second game leading 16-10 before the Bears stormed back to tie the match at 22 on a kill by Lizzy Rhoads. A kill by Dani Veal put the Bears in the lead as they ended the set on a 10-3 run.
The Bears led most of game three until hitting the wall late, as the Wolverines grabbed a 26-23 lead. But the Bears would not be extended to a fourth set, as Dulcie Stone, Meredith Alder and Amanda Wiggins had kills to force a UVSC timeout and Alder and Wiggins each had another kill to end the match.
"We were not as sharp as we could have been but we had a lot of heart tonight," UNC head coach Lyndsey Benson said afterwards. "We could have easily dropped that second set but we fought hard. It is a goal of ours not to drop a set at home this season.
"Utah Valley made some good adjustments in the second game, and I told our players that we have to make it happen, no team is going to give it to us."
Alder and Rhoads led the Bears with 12 kills apiece. Alder also added seven digs and four blocks while Rhoads had five blocks. Wiggins added nine kills, 17 digs and two blocks.
Utah Valley was led by 10 kills from Jessica Endres, while Chelsea O'Neal had 14 digs.
UNC improved to 7-0 all-time against Utah Valley State. The Bears are now 5-0 this season against D-I Independents and have won 18 consecutive matches in the state of Colorado.
The Bears and Wolverines will not have to wait long to play each other again, as they square off next Saturday night in Orem, Utah.