October 21, 2005

Wolverines Get Revenge in Five-Set Victory Over Volleyball Bears

Oct. 21, 2005

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OREM, Utah - The University of Northern Colorado women's volleyball team found out what a difference a week can make the hard way on Friday night. Six days after easily sweeping Utah Valley State on their home court, the Bears found life on the road much tougher, falling in a hard-fought five-set match to the Wolverines by scores of 30-25, 30-26, 21-30, 27-30 and 16-14.

The loss was the first for the Bears to Utah Valley in eight total meetings, all of which have come in the past three seasons. UNC had previously been 3-0 in matches played in Orem.

Northern Colorado (10-10) fell behind 2-0 early after dropping sets by five and four points apiece to open the match. But despite being on the verge of defeat, the Bears rallied to force a fifth and deciding set.

In game three, UNC scored the first two points of the set and never trailed in winning their first set of the night. Set No. 4 was a little tougher, as Utah Valley State (9-10) led 24-20 late in the set. But back-to-back kills by Lizzy Rhoads and Amanda Wiggins sparked the team, and the Bears tied the set at 24 following back-to-back UVSC attack errors. Wiggins could not be stopped at the end of the set, recording three straight kills to force the final set.

The fifth set was tied at 11 when Utah Valley's Jessica Endres recorded her 11th kill of the night. The Wolverines looked to be in control before a service error at match point tied the set at 14. Endres recorded another kill to push her team to the brink of victory and she then joined in on a block assist to end the match.

With the loss, the Bears fell to 2-2 in five-set matches in 2005.

"After being down 0-2, we showed a lot of heart to take the match to a fifth set, it was just too little too late," UNC head coach Lyndsey Benson said. "We struggled in areas we have depended on all year. We were able to run Lizzy and Lenay consistently, we just could not get them the ball enough.

"It was a well played match by both teams, they were just better than we were tonight. It is a hard lesson to learn, but hopefully we have learned that lesson and not put ourselves in that position again this season."

Lenay Goble had her best collegiate night, recording a career-high 15 kills. Rhoads matched her career-high with 18 kills while hitting .378 (18-4-37). Wiggins and Meredith Alder each had 13 kills while Dani Veal added 10. Wiggins set a career-high with 29 digs while libero Abby Mayne added 17 digs.

Setter Corrinne Chapin had a season-high 60 assists to go along with five kills, 14 digs and four blocks.

UVSC's Anne Olsen had 21 kills to lead all players while Endres finished with 13 kills, five digs and five blocks.

The loss was the first for the Bears to a fellow Division I Independent foe this season; the Bears had been 5-0 against independents entering the match. The loss also snapped a three-match winning streak; however, the Bears have still won eight of their last 10 matches overall.

Northern Colorado returns to the court next Friday night when they play at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (6 p.m. MT). The Bears also play at Texas-San Antonio (Saturday, 3 p.m. MT) on the road trip.