Volleyball Tops Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 3-1
Oct. 28, 2005
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - The University of Northern Colorado volleyball team used 28 block assists to slow down Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Friday night as the Bears topped the Islanders for the second time this season by scores of 30-20, 28-30, 30-22 and 30-24.
The win pushed the Bears (11-10) back above the .500 mark on the season and evened their mark on opponents' home courts this season (4-4). UNC had previously topped the Islanders (9-11) on Sept. 30 at a tournament in Long Island.
Northern Colorado improved to 5-0 all-time against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, although the match marked the first time the Islanders have ever won a set from the Bears (UNC had swept the previous four matches).
The Bears dominated game one, winning 30-20 before allowing TAMUCC to take the second set 30-28. In that set Northern Colorado had led 23-20 and the match was tied at 25 before the home team was able to take control. But that would be the last set win of the night for A&M-Corpus Christi, as the Bears closed them out winning 30-22 and 30-24.
The Bears block was impressive, registering 16 total blocks, which was their third-highest total of the season. The block attack was led by eight kills apiece from Meredith Alder and Lenay Goble, a career-high for both. Junior Lizzy Rhoads added seven blocks.
After a career-high 16 kills at Utah Valley State last Friday, Goble once again reached a career-high offensively, netting 17 kills while hitting .333 (16-3-39). Amanda Wiggins added 13 kills and continued her recent dig-fest, netting a match-high 22 digs. Abby Mayne and Corrinne Chapin each added 17 digs. Dani Veal had 13 kills.
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi was led by 16 kills from Anna Machado while Amber Pippen added 15 kills and 19 digs.
Northern Colorado hit .229 while limiting the Islanders to only .098.
"We controlled the tempo of the match at the net tonight," head coach Lyndsey Benson said. "I was not pleased with our serving and passing, but it was good enough to come out with a win on an opponent's home court. There are a few things we need to fix in practice tomorrow in order to be ready for Texas-San Antonio on Sunday."
The Bears battle UTSA at 3 p.m. mountain time on Sunday, the team's first Sunday match since the 1995 season. Live stats for the match can be accessed at UNCBears.com.