Volleyball Suffers 3-0 Loss at Montana
Oct. 26, 2006
MISSOULA, Mont. - The University of Northern Colorado women's volleyball team dropped its second consecutive Big Sky Conference match, falling 3-0 (30-18, 30-27, 30-18) to the University of Montana on Thursday night at UM's West Auxiliary Gym.
The Bears, who started Big Sky Conference play 4-1, have lost four of its last six conference matches and will play on the road at Montana State on Saturday. But relief is ahead, as the Bears will play their final four regular season matches at home.
Montana (11-10, 8-4 Big Sky) took firm hold of third place in the conference, two victories ahead of the Bears (11-11, 6-5 Big Sky) in the win column. Depending on what happens in Eastern Washington's match with Idaho State later on Thursday night, the Bears could find themselves in a tie with the Eagles for fourth place in the conference.
Montana took an 11-3 lead in game No. 1 in rolling to the early advantage. The second game was the most competitive, as Northern Colorado finally got its attack going, as they led 24-20 late in the set. UM scored four of the next five points to tie the game and eventually scored the final three points of the set to pull ahead 2-0 in the match.
The final set was tied at 14 before the Grizzlies scored 16 of the final 20 points of the set to win 30-18.
Freshman setter Kristen Schevikhoven had 28 assists and 10 digs to lead the Bears. The output was her eighth double-double of the season. Dulcie Stone and Lenay Goble each had eight kills to lead Northern Colorado.
Claudia Houle had 14 kills to lead the Griz, who out-hit the Bears .231 to .043 in the match.
Northern Colorado returns to action on Saturday night at 7 p.m. when they battle Montana State in Bozeman. The match is available live on the internet at BigSkyTV.org.