Northern Colorado Volleyball Downs Montana State In Four
Oct. 19, 2007
BOZEMAN, Mont.- The University of Northern Colorado's volleyball team (7-15, 5-4 Big Sky), behind a match-high 16 kills from sophomore Taylor Smith and redshirt sophomore Kenzie Shreeve, downed Montana State (1-20, 0-9 Big Sky) on Friday evening in Bozeman, Mont. The game scores went 30-21, 27-30, 30-13, 30-24.
Smith, besides 16 kills for the Bears, also had a team best hitting percentage of .300 (16-7-30) and accounted for four total blocks. Smith and Shreeve lead a group of five NC player that reached double figures in kills with senior Dulcie Stone chipping in 14, freshman Ashley Lichtenberg tallying 12 and sophomore Allison Raguse contributing 10. Stone also tied for the match lead with fellow senior Abby Mayne as both totaled 22 digs. Stone also chipped in four blocks. Raguse led the team with six blocks while also totaling seven digs. Sophomore Breanna VanDerMost reached double-digits with 15 digs. Junior setter Lauren Carter had a strong all-around performance with 61 assists, eight digs and four blocks. Carter's 61 assists tied her career-high, which she set last weekend against Northern Arizona.
The Bears jumped out to an 11-3 lead in the first game, capped off by a Smith kill, on their way to an 30-21 victory. Smith and Shreeve led the attack in the first frame with five kills each, while each player also hit at an impressive .500 clip (5-1-8). In the first game, NC outhit the Bobcats .316 to .132.
In the second game, the Bears held an early 11-7 lead before MSU rallied to tie the match at 15. The Bears and Bobcats would continue to battle as the match had seven more ties before MSU finally took control and closed the game on a 3-0 rally to win 30-27. Stone led the Bears' attack in the game with four kills. Montana State had three players reach the four-kill mark in Nicole Grypiuk, Laura Viren and Patti Anderson.
NC, sparked by the second-game loss, came out strong in the third stanza and jumped out to a 18-5 lead on their way to a 30-13 victory. Shreeve and Lichtenberg both picked up five kills in the game for Northern Colorado, as the Bears outhit the Bobcats .308 to -.068.
The Bears trailed for most of the fourth-game until a 7-0 rally knotted matters up at 17. The game would see three more ties until NC was able to take control for good on a Lichtenberg putdown. Northern Colorado would end the match dramatically on Stone's fifth and final kill of the game. Smith also had a strong fourth-game with five kills on a .444 hitting percentage (5-1-9). For the game Northern Colorado outhit MSU .265 to .140.
In the match, NC outhit the Bobcats .230 to .058 while also holding the dig advantage 85 to 61.
In defeat, Viren lead MSU with 12 kills.
"We controlled the match for the most part, which is a good thing," head coach Lyndsey Benson stated. "We really have been working on being a low- error team and we only did that for part of the match tonight. A win on the road in the Big Sky Conference is always important, though. We have another big match tomorrow against Montana and we will need to continue to work on being a low-error team in that match to continue to be successful.
Northern Colorado continues the Montana road swing with a trip to Missoula to take on the Grizzlies on Oct. 20 at 7 p.m.