Bears End Season, Exceed Expectations
Nov. 18, 2006
SACRAMENTO - Expectations were far exceeded this season for the University of Northern Colorado volleyball team, who finished its season on Friday night with a record of 13-16 and took fourth place in the Big Sky Conference tournament after falling 3-0 to No. 1-seed Sacramento State.
"We felt like the pressure was on us," said head coach Lyndsey Benson. "We didn't play with as much intensity tonight, but this match didn't define our season."
The Bears were able to put the pressure on the Hornets in the first game, pulling to within 22-19 late. But Sacramento State went on an 8-2 run to close out the first stanza 30-21.
Sacramento State (29-5) dominated the second game, pulling out to an early 11-3 lead. The Bears pulled to within three at 11-8, but the Hornets went on an 8-1 run to put the game out of reach and take a 19-9 lead, helping them to pull away for a 30-18 lead.
The Hornets were able to do more of the same in the third game, pulling out to a 19-9 lead after the Bears pulled to within 6-5. Northern Colorado made a furious comeback at the end when they went on a 5-1 run to pull to within 29-25, but the Hornets closed it out to claim the 30-25 win.
Benson said she was pleased with the team's overall performance at the tournament and the team will go to work immediately for next season.
"I'm pleased with the way we came out in this tournament, and I'm happy with how we finished in the conference," Benson said. "The loss tonight hurts. We want to work toward our goal of winning the conference championship, even if that means working on it mentally tomorrow."