November 3, 2007

Volleyball Loses Heartbreaker To Eastern Washington

Nov. 3, 2007

Final Stats

Greeley, COLO. - The University of Northern Colorado volleyball team dropped a five-game heartbreaker to Eastern Washington in Butler-Hancock in the last home match of the season for the Bears (34-36, 30-23, 25-30, 30-26, 15-11). Eastern Washington improves to 12-13 overall and 11-3 in Big Sky play, while the Bears fall to 8-18 on the year and 6-7 in league action.


Prior to the match, the Bears honored the three seniors on the team, student-assistant coach and two year letter-winner Lenay Goble, libero Abby Mayne and outside hitter Dulcie Stone.


Northern Colorado was led by sophomore outside hitter Kenzie Shreeve with 23 kills, while sophomore middle blocker Taylor Smith added a career-high 19 kills and hit a career-best .436 (19-2-39). She also led the team with nine blocks. Also in double figures in kills was sophomore middle blocker Allison Raguse with 15. Mayne led all Bears with 18 digs, while Stone chipped in 17 and sophomore defensive specialist Breanna VanDerMost added 15. Freshman right-side hitter Ashley Lichtenberg also tallied a career-high seven blocks in the match.


Eastern Washington was led by outside hitter Hayley Hills with 22 kills, while right-side hitter Alysha Cook tallied 19 and outside hitter Jacque Brown added 16. Libero Mandy Daniels led all players in the match with 22 digs, while JaNae Mortensen had 14 digs, Hills and defensive specialist Kristen Ponce added 13 each and setter Ashley Hamilton tallied 10. Middle blocker Chenoa Coviare led the match with 10 blocks, including four solo stops and she had three of the team's five aces.


Northern Colorado plays its final three regular season matches on the road as the team heads to Idaho State on Thursday, at Weber State on Friday and then at Northern Arizona in the regular season conclusion next Saturday.