Sacramento State Tops Volleyball 3-1 on Senior Night
Nov. 11, 2006
GREELEY, Colo. - The University of Northern Colorado volleyball team played the Big Sky Conference's best team tight but was unable to break through with the victory, as Sacramento State spoiled the Bears Senior Night festivities with a 3-1 victory (30-26, 24-30, 30-26, 30-25) on Saturday at Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion.
Sacramento State (28-5, 15-1 Big Sky), who clinched the conference's regular season title on Thursday night, has now won five in a won, 16 of 17 and 22 of 24 entering the Big Sky Tournament which begins on Thursday in Sacramento. Northern Colorado, (12-15, 7-9 Big Sky) the No. 5 seed, will open with No. 4 seed Montana, who fell 3-0 to Eastern Washington on Saturday night.
Each of the night's four sets were competitive, as either team had an opportunity to win late in the set. The first set was tied at 26 before Lindsay Haupt had a kill and the Bears followed with an attack error leading to the Hornets grabbing an early 1-0 lead.
Game two was the most lop-sided of the evening with the Bears taking a 17-9 lead out of the gate and never leading by less than four the rest of the way in evening the match at 1-1.
Game three was tied at 23 before a kill by Leah Klemenhagen gave Sac State the lead and then Klemenhagen combined with Haupt for a block to help her team build a 25-23 lead. A service ace by Michelle Franz and a kill by Haupt put the set away.
But the Bears would not go easily as they put up a much better fight than the season's earlier meeting (when Sacramento swept the Bears 3-0). The final set was one or two points most of the way until an unlucky Bears attack error at 26-25 gave the Hornets a two-point advantage that they would not relinquish.
"We had a high level of play tonight and stepped it up from Thursday night," Bears coach Lyndsey Benson said after the match. "But blocking was the difference in the match; they blocked very well and we did not. We have proved that we can play with the best of the conference, now we need to take that into the Big Sky Tournament next week."
Sacramento State had 19 total blocks on the night, compared to the Bears six.
Dulcie Stone matched her career-high with 19 kills, hitting .245 (19-7-49) and adding 17 digs for her 16th double-double of the season. Devon Crotteau added 17 kills and 10 digs for the first double-double of her career. Freshman setter Kristen Schevikhoven had 54 assists, 12 digs and seven kills, as she narrowly missed a triple-double for the third time this season. Abby Mayne added 21 digs. That output moved her into 10th place on the Bears career list.
Playing in the final match of her career, senior Lizzy Rhoads had 15 kills, hit .314 (15-4-35) and added three blocks. She increased her career blocks total to 337, pushing her past Brittany Stockebrand (1996-99) and into seventh place on the Bears career list. She is just one block out of sixth place and four out of fifth place all-time.
Senior Meredith Alder also played her final home match as she netted six kills, three digs and three blocks.
Atlee Hubbard led the Hornets attack, registering 27 kills, 17 digs, four blocks and hitting .323 (27-6-65). Jennifer Ferguson and Haupt added 15 kills apiece while Kristin Lutes had 24 digs.