November 27, 2005

Volleyball Falls to Colorado in Season Finale

Nov. 26, 2005

Box Score

DENVER - The University of Northern Colorado women's volleyball team finished its 2005 season with a straight sets loss to in-state rival Colorado on Saturday at the Wells Fargo Thanksgiving Classic by scores 30-20, 30-24 and 30-22.

A night after falling to host Denver, the Bears (14-16) could not handle Colorado (15-12), who entered the match ranked No. 29 nationally.

"We played one of our best matches all year but it is evident we are just not a top-25 team yet," head coach Lyndsey Benson said after the match. "We competed hard though and our seniors each had good matches and finished their careers on a good note. Amanda (Wiggins) and Lizzy (Rhoads) each showed they can score consistently against this level of competition which is a good sign for us. It is especially big since we will have Lizzy back next season."

Wiggins and Rhoads each had 10 kills to lead Northern Colorado, who lost its final five matches of the season. Wiggins added seven digs while Rhoads had four blocks. Senior Corrinne Chapin had 29 assists.

The match was the final in the careers of Wiggins, Chapin and Amy Casselman.

Colorado was led by 19 kills from Amber Sutherland.

The match was the first between the teams since the 1981 season when the Bears battled the CU club team.