Volleyball Drops Fifth Set Heartbreaker to SDSU
Nov. 12, 2004
OREM, Utah - The University of Northern Colorado women's volleyball team suffered a setback on day two of the Division I Independent Championships, falling to South Dakota State for the second time this season, losing a heartbreaking match in five sets. The loss does not eliminate the Bears from title contention, however, as they still have a chance to win their second straight D-I Independent crown.
UNC (22-9) will need SDSU (20-11) to lose two of its final three matches at the event or lose to IPFW on Saturday morning. If that was to happen and the Bears win out, Northern Colorado could potentially win a three-way tiebreaker (based on total number of sets won/lost).
The former NCC rival Jacks now own two wins over the Bears in three total matches this season and are a perfect 3-0 at the championships this weekend.
The fifth set loss was the fourth for UNC in nine total five-setters this season. The Bears had won three of their last four, five-setters before losing today.
"If you are playing in enough big matches you are going to have some heartbreaks and that is what happened today," UNC head coach Ron Alexander said after the match. "We are going to have to rebound, play well and close out this tournament strong and hope for a three-way tie."
Erin Deffenbaugh had 24 kills and 20 digs in the loss, her third 20/20 match of the season. Danelle Angus matched her career-high with 18 kills while Lizzy Rhoads matched her career-high with 11 kills.
The Bears are back in action tonight at 5:00 p.m. mountain time when they play another former NCC rival turned D-I Independent in North Dakota State. The Bison entered the tournament on a roll, having won four of their last five matches; they were 1-1 on day one of the tournament. The match can be heard live on 1010 KSIR and free online at UNCBears.com.