Northern Colorado Volleyball Falls To Portland State In Four
Nov. 1, 2007
GREELEY, Colo.- Senior Dulcie Stone tied for the match-high with 16 kills, but it was not enough as Northern Colorado's volleyball team (8-17, 6-6 Big Sky) fell to visiting Portland State (18-6, 11-2 Big Sky) on Thursday, Nov. 1 at the Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion. The game scores went 30-27, 23-30, 21-30, 25-30. The Bears will now welcome in Eastern Washington on Nov. 3 for a 7 p.m. match.
Besides the 16 kills, Stone also chipped in 17 digs and three blocks for 17.5 points. The double-double was her 12th of the season. Sophomore Allison Raguse chipped in 13 kills and five blocks on .257 hitting percentage (13-4-35). Fellow sophomore Taylor Smith had a steady performance with 10 kills and seven blocks. Sophomore Breanna VanDerMost set a new career-high with 19 digs. Senior Abby Mayne chipped in 14 digs. Junior Lauren Carter picked up 43 assists, nine digs and three blocks.
The first game would be the best of the evening for the Bears as they hit .155 and tallied 20 kills. Smith and Raguse led the attack with five kills each.
There were seven tied scores in the second game and five lead changes but NC came up on the shortend of the 30-23 score. Raguse picked up five more kills on a .300 hitting percentage in the second stanza.
NC never did seem to get in an offensive rhythm in the third game and ended with a .-085 hitting percentage. Stone had five kills in the game to led the Bears.
After falling behind by 11 to start the fourth game, the Bears fought back and got to the score to within four on a Raguse service ace. Unfortunately that was as close as NC could manage in a 30-25 loss. Stone had five more kills in the fourth game but she was matched by five kills from Marija Vojnovic.
Michelle Segun led the Vikings with 16 kills. The front line was control by 10 blocks from Erica Jepsen and eight rejections from Christie Hamilton.
"Even in the first game we didn't seem to have a good flow. Our mindset just didn't seem to be the same as it was a week ago against Sacramento State. We weren't executing the little details even in the first game. Portland State is a great blocking team, but I felt like we handled the block okay. What got us into trouble was when we attempted to avoid the block. I thought defensively we did pretty well, it just came down to executing offensively."
Northern Colorado will plays its final home match of the season against Eastern Washington on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. The match will be Senior Night for Abby Mayne, Dulcie Stone and student-assistant coach Lenay Goble.