Northern Colorado Volleyball Falls To Montana In Four
Oct. 20, 2007
MISSOULA, Mont.- The University of Northern Colorado's volleyball team (7-16, 5-5 Big Sky) lost a tough four-gamer on the road to Montana (8-12, 4-6 Big Sky) on Saturday, Oct. 20 in Missoula, Mont. The game scores went 30-26, 28-30, 17-30, 28-30.
Redshirt sophomore Kenzie Shreeve and sophomore Allison Raguse led the offensive attack with 12 kills each. Raguse also led the team with a .455 hitting percentage (12-2-22) to go along with five blocks. Sophomore Taylor Smith chipped in 10 kills and five blocks. Abby Mayne had a team-high 17 digs, with fellow senior Dulcie Stone adding 10 digs and eight kills. Junior setter Lauren Carter contributed 44 assists, eight digs and five blocks in defeat.
The Bears, after falling behind in the first game, rallied to take the lead for good on a Carter service ace. Freshman Ashley Lichtenberg led the Bears' attack in the 30-26 victory with three kills on a .500 hitting percentage (3-0-6). NC outhit the Grizzlies .265 (13-4-34) to .200 (16-9-35) in the first game.
NC took control early in the second game and held a 15-9 lead on Raguse's kill. Montana caught up though and tied the game at 19 on a NC attack error. From that point the game saw three more ties (24, 25 and 26) until Montana was able to control and win the second game 30-28. Shreeve led the Bears' attack with six kills on only 12 swings in the second game. Montana ended up outhitting NC .273 to .217 in the second stanza.
The third game was close until an Amy Roberts kill gave the Grizzlies a 13-8 lead on their way to a 30-17 win. Montana was led by five kills from Whitney Hobbs. They also outhit NC .361 to .000 in the third game..
NC played much better in the fourth game but still fell to Montana 30-28. The Bears held a 28-27 lead but were just unable to close out Montana down the stretch. Raguse led the NC attack with five kills in the game.
The Grizzlies had five players reach double-digits in kills lead by Lauren Gustafson's 15.
"Our serve-receive broke down a little tonight," head coach Lyndsey Benson stated. "We also just couldn't seem to get our offense consistently on track. We held a few leads throughout the match, but we were unable to close the games out down the stretch."
Northern Colorado will now return home and take on conference leader Sacramento State on Thursday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m.