October 1, 2007

Northern Colorado Volleyball Plays Three Matches This Week

Oct. 1, 2007

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Northern Colorado Plays Three Matches This Week

Northern Colorado's volleyball team (4-12, 2-3 Big Sky) has a busy week with three matches. ... the Bears will travel to Fort Collins to take on Colorado State on Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. ... NC then returns home and hosts a pair of conference matches ... Northern Colorado will take on Weber State on Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. ... the Bears wrap up the brief homestand with a match against Idaho State at 7 p.m. on Oct. 6.

About the Colorado State Rams

Located in Fort Collins, Colo., the Rams are off to a 10-4 start to begin the season and have won 10 of the last 11 matches ... the Rams play in the always competitive Mountain West and have a 5-1 record in league play including a pair of wins at home last week over San Diego State and UNLV ... the Rams best player is junior Mekana Barnes, who is second on the team in kills with 215 (3.98 per game) while leading in team in blocks (1.78 per game) and service aces (18) ... the team leader in kills is junior outside hitter Jamie Strauss with 227 (4.20 per game) ... the other big hitter for the Rams is senior Tonya Mokelki ... Mokelki has tallied 160 kills and 10 service aces ... junior setter Ashley Fornstrom has totaled 726 assists ... in common opponents, Colorado State is 1-0 having defeated New Mexico 3-0 (9/15), who the Bears lost to 3-1 (9/7) ... these two teams have not played each other since 1983, when Colorado State swept the Bears 3-0 .. with the Rams moving into the top 25, this week this will be the Bears first match against a ranked opponent since NC took on Wisconsin (9/8/2006) in the UWM Panther Invitational.

About the Weber State Wildcats

Located in Ogden, Utah, the Wildcats come into the week with a 5-8 record including a mark of 2-2 in the Big Sky ... WSU lost a pair of matches last week to Utah and Sacramento State ... the Wildcats sport a balanced attack with four players that have over 100 kills this season ... leading the attack has been sophomore Micah Lines, who has 159 kills (3.31 per game) and 154 digs (3.21 per game) ... fellow sophomore Chelsea Blair has tallied 150 kills (3.06 per game) and 26 service aces ... junior Brittney Bisaillion is third on the team in kills (112) and second in blocks (57) ... senior middle blocker Kolbie Murphey leads the team in blocks (58) and is fourth in kills (107) ... freshman Kim Lissinna is the team leader with 388 assists on the year.

About the Idaho State Bengals

Located in Pocatello, Idaho, the Bengals are 3-12 and 0-4 in Big Sky play this season ... ISU comes into the week on a six-match skid ... in common non-conference opponents with the Bears, the Bengals defeated UC Riverside (9/8) in five games while NC also beat UC Riverside (8/30) but their win was in three ... freshman Charlee Kinghorn has made an immediate impact with a team-high 158 kills (2.98 per game) ... sophomore Emily Waldron has been a solid all-around contributor with her 140 kills (2.55 per game) and 148 digs (2.69 per game) ... sophomore setter Christine Van Orden has 480 assists this season ... freshman Jenna Proost leads the team with 23 service aces.

A Pair Of Conference Defeats

Northern Colorado saw its losing streak reach four with conference losses to Eastern Washington (9/27) and Portland State (9/29) ... Northern Colorado put up a great fight in the five-game loss to Eastern Washington ... the team trailed EWU 2-1, before rallying to win the fourth game and extend the match to a fifth and deciding game ... the Bears lost the fifth game but still showed great heart in even reaching that point ... sophomore Kenzie Shreeve led the Bears attack with 12 kills ... the story of the match was the fact that a pair of NC players reached double figures in blocks, as sophomores Allison Raguse and Taylor Smith both hit the mark ... Raguse blocked 12 shots with Smith totaling 11 ... the Bears also had a pair of players that tallied better than 20 assists ... freshman Lindsey McDaniel had 22 assists with junior Lauren Carter contributing 21 helpers ...in the match against Portland State, the Bears lost in three games but Smith led the offensive attack with 10 kills on a .316 hitting percentage (10-4-19) ... freshman Julie Stephenson had one of the better matches of her young career with four kills and a service ace for NC ... on the week, Smith led the Bears with 19 kills (2.38 per game) ... she was also second on the team 13 blocks (1.62 per game) ... McDaniel led the team in assists with 41 (6.83 per game) ... Raguse had a team-high 15 blocks (1.88) ... senior Abby Mayne totaled a team best 29 digs in the two matches.

The Blockers

Allison Raguse not only set a new career-high with 12 blocked shot attempts against Eastern Washington (9/27), the 12 blocks are the most for a Bears player since former Bears player Lizzy Rhoads blocked 11 in 2005 ... Raguse's 12 block is just behind the school's all-time mark of 14 set by former NC athlete Erica Wymore in 1992 ... her teammate Taylor Smith also reached double figures in blocks for the first time in her career with 11.

A Tough Week

The Bears lost a pair of matches on the week (9-18/22) to snap their two-match winning-streak ... NC started the week battling but falling short to Denver (9/18) in a 3-0 loss ... freshman Ashley Lichtenberg had one of the better matches of her career with 15 kills on a .379 hitting percentage against the Pioneers ... Dulcie Stone put together her seventh double-double of the season with 11 kills and 15 digs ... Allison Raguse continued her strong all-around play with seven kills, six digs and three blocks ... against Sacramento State (9/22), Stone led the charge with 10 kills in a 3-0 defeat ... senior Abby Mayne tallied 14 digs ... on the week, Stone and Lichtenberg tied for the team lead with 21 kills each ... Mayne led the team with 33 digs ... freshman setter Lindsey McDaniel led the team with 66 assists (11.00 per game)

On The Road

In the Bears five road matches this season, Kenzie Shreeve leads the team with 46 kills (2.42 per game) ... Taylor Smith and Dulcie Stone are tied for second on the team with 45 kills (2.37 per game) ... Stone is also second on the team with 59 digs ... Abby Mayne is the squad leader with 75 digs

At Home

In home games this year, NC is being led by Kenzie Shreeve's 80 kills (3.33 per game) ... Dulcie Stone has both 78 kills and 78 digs to place second on the team in both categories ... Allison Raguse has a team-high 10 service aces ... Lindsey McDaniel has 173 assists (11.73 per game).

Interesting ... Very Interesting

The Bears, who will play Weber State on a Thursday this week, are 1-0 on home Thursdays this season.

All In the Conference

Listed below is how the Bears rank in the Big Sky Conference overall in matches this season:

Digs: Abby Mayne, 252 (4.27 per game) (5th)

Assists: Lauren Carter, 291 (5.88 per game) (9th)

Points: Dulcie Stone, 212.0 (3.59 per game (9th)

Kills: Dulcie Stone, 179 (3.03 per game) (10th)

League Leaders

In conference games only this season the Bears are tied for fourth in the conference with an average of 19.30 digs per game ... NC is sixth in conference in assists (12.61), third in opponents hitting percentage (.166), seventh in kills (13.28 per game) and fourth in service aces (1.39 per game).

It's A Conference Thing

NC has several players that rank among the conference leaders in conference games only this season ... Abby Mayne is fourth in service aces (0.39 per game) and digs (4.67) ... Lindsey McDaniel is the seventh in assists per game (9.75) ... Taylor Smith is fifth in blocks (1.39 per game) ... Allison Raguse is eighth in blocks (1.22 per game) ... Dulcie Stone is eighth in kills (3.17 per game) and ninth in points per game (3.78).

Great Start To Conference Season

The Bears got off to a great 2-0 start in conference play, Sept. 13-15 ... Northern Colorado swept Montana (9/13) behind 18 kills and nine digs from senior Dulcie Stone ... sophomore Kenzie Shreeve chipped in 11 kills to the NC victory ... Northern Colorado kept the momentum up with a thrilling four-game victory over visiting Montana State (9/15) ... sophomore Allison Raguse led the charge against the Bobcats with 17 kills while hitting .500 from the field ... Stone produced a great effort with 16 kills and a career-high 22 digs ... the Bears put a season-best four players in double figures against Montana State as both Shreeve (14) and sophomore Taylor Smith (10) also eclipsed the mark ... this is the second consecutive season the Bears began Big Sky play with an unblemished 2-0 record ... on the weekend, Stone led the team 34 kills ... senior Abby Mayne totaled a team-best 41 digs ... freshman Lindsey McDaniel had 93 assists.

Stone Killer

Dulcie Stone proved to be the great equalizer in the two match against Montana and Montana State (9/13-15) ... during those two matches, Stone tallied 10 kills that either tied or ended a game for the Bears ... for the week, Stone led the team with 34 kills (4.86 per game) while also tallying 31 digs (4.43 per game) for 39.5 points ... Stone also set a new career-high with 22 digs against Montana State (9/15)

Rejoice Its Raguse

Allison Raguse put together the best match of her career against Montana State (9/15) ... the sophomore totaled 17 kills, three digs and two service aces all while hitting .500 (17-4-26).

A Change

Freshman Lindsey McDaniel took over as the NC setter and had a strong week, Sept. 13-15 ... McDaniel totaled 93 assists (13.29 per game) while also registering four blocks.

Right At Home

In home matches this season, the Bears have several individual standouts ... sophomore Kenzie Shreeve leads the team with 80 kills (3.33 per game) ... sophomore Allison Raguse is hitting a solid .336 (69-25-131) and leads the team with 10 service aces in home match ... senior Abby Mayne has tallied 118 digs (4.92 per game) ... senior Dulcie Stone has had a steady all-around effort with 78 kills (3.25 per game) and 78 digs (3.25 per game) ... as a team the Bears have also had 38 service aces to their opponents 30.

A Rough Weekend In New Mexico

Northern Colorado had a rough weekend at the Comcast Lobo Invitational (9/7-8) ... NC started the weekend playing host school New Mexico (9/8) ... the Bears played the Lobo tough but still fell in five-games ... in their second match of the day, NC fell to a tough Gonzaga squad in three ... the following day, NC wrapped up the tournament with a three-game loss to Bowling Green (9/8) ... senior Dulcie Stone led the team on the week with 28 kills (2.80 per game) ... junior Lauren Carter served as the primary setter and racked up 83 assists ... Stone led the team with three service aces ... Stone also led the squad with her 3.20 digs per game and 32 overall digs.

A Member of the 400-and Almost 600 Club

Dulcie Stone after 31 kills a few weeks ago (8/31-9/1) has now topped 400 kills in her career ... Stone also topped the 500 point mark in her career with her 34 three weeks ago in New Mexico ... the senior now has 599.5 points in her career.

You're Going The Wrong Way

The past five-match losing streak was the longest for the Bears since Nov. 11-26, 2006 when the team also lost five in a row but it is only the fourth time in the programs history that such a streak has happened ... unfortunately it is the second time it has happened to Lyndsey Benson since she took over the program.

UNC Hampton Inn & Suites Classic

The Bears had a strong start to the weekend (8/31-9/1) with a pair of sweep victories over Saint Francis and UC Riverside on the first day of the UNC Hampton Inn & Suites Classic (8/31) ... the second day proved to be a bit more difficult with NC dropping a pair of four-game sets to Florida Gulf Coast and Iowa (9/1) ... Kenzie Shreeve led the team in kills on the week with 42 (3.82 per game) ... Allison Raguse had a team best hitting percentage of .286 (29-13-56) ... Lauren Carter had a strong week with 106 assists ... Abby Mayne totaled 52 digs (4.73 per game)

UNC Hampton Inn & Suites Tournament Wrap

Florida Gulf Coast was named the winner of the tournament on point differential over Iowa (since neither team played each other head-to-head and both had an undefeated record) ... FGCU's Roberta Paula Santos was named the tournament MVP ... the Bears had one player selected to the all-tournament squad in sophomore Allison Raguse.

Baden Cougar Challenge Recap

The Bears played three matches on the road at the Baden Cougar Challenge last week (8/24-25) ... NC played their competitors tough but fell in a pair of five-game matches (Portland & South Dakota State) and one four gamer (Washington State) ... Dulcie Stone led the team with 50 kills ... Lauren Carter totaled 91 assists ... Abby Mayne had 62 digs.

Good Starters

The Northern Colorado volleyball team now has a record of 23-10 in its first match of the season since the inception of the program with records in 1976 ... overall the Bears are 43-17 on the first day of the season ... this season, the Bears fell twice in two tough five gamers to Portland (3-2) and South Dakota State (3-2) at the Baden Cougar Challenge.

Trends and Bests

Dulcie Stone set a new career-high with 23 kills against Portland (8/24) ... Lauren Carter totaled a career high 58 assists against Portland (8/24) ... Kenzie Shreeve tallied a personal-best 18 kills against Iowa (9/1) ... Abby Mayne has reached 20+ digs in six matches this season ... Ashley Lichtenberg set a new career-high with her 15 kills against Denver (9/18) ... Stone also set a new career-high with her 22 digs against the Bobcats (9/15) ... freshman Lindsey McDaniel reached the 50 assist mark for the first time against Montana State (9/15) as she totaled 52.

Single Match Leaders

The Bears have a pair of players that are among the top three in conference high's for a five-game match this season ... Dulcie Stone's 23 kills against Portland (8/24) are the third best in the league ... Lauren Carter's 58 assists against Portland (8/24) is the second highest total ... Abby Mayne's 24 digs against UC Riverside (8/31) is the highest in the league for a three-game match.

A Nice Return

Sophomore Kenzie Shreeve made her return to the court in the three matches at the Baden Cougar Challenge ... in the team's three matches she tallied 43 kills (3.07 per game) while hitting at a team-high .183.

The Queen of the Nines

In each of the first three matches this season sophomore Taylor Smith tallied exactly nine kills.

Bears Coaching Staff

Lyndsey Benson returns for her third year at Northern Colorado (31-43) ... Benson has added a pair of new coaches to her staff in Jenny Glenn (Truman State `02) and Tom Hunter (San Diego State `99) ... Paul Richardson returns for his second year as a volunteer coach ... Lenay Goble, a former Bears player that had her career cut short by injuries, has joined the coaching staff as a manager this season

Familiar Names And Faces

Northern Colorado returns seven of 14 players from last year's roster. The veterans include: senior Dulcie Stone, senior Abby Mayne, junior Lauren Carter, sophomore Allison Raguse, sophomore Kenzie Shreeve, sophomore Taylor Smith and sophomore Breanna VanDerMost.

Welcome, Newcomers

Five freshman are on the 2007 UNC Roster ... new to the team this year are Jaclyn Bruns (5-6, DS), Lindsey McDaniel (5-10, S) Kandace Walton (5-11, MB/RS), Ashley Lichtenberg (6-2, OH) and Julie Stephenson (5-11, OH).

Big Sky TV

The Big Sky Conference and new video streaming partner Broadcast International are pleased to announce the re-launch of www.bigskytv.org .... the Big Sky and Broadcast International will partner to bring all football, men's and women's basketball, and volleyball matches held in Big Sky venues to fans around the world ... Big Sky TV will feature sport specific packages this season ... to see more than 100 volleyball matches, the cost is $39.95 ... single-match costs for volleyball is $4.95 ... the Big Sky will also offer school and conference packages ... the school pass will allow viewers to see all the action featuring their favorite school for $69.95 ... the conference package- $99.95-allows viewers to see the entire league which is more than 350 events ... fans who registered last year for www.bigskytv.org, must register once again in 2007-08 ... events can be viewed either live, or once through an archive ... games will remain in the archive for two weeks ... viewers will also have the option of downloaded the game.

Home Sweet Home

The Bears have been nearly unbeatable at home, posting a 272-58 record at home since Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion (formerly Butler-Hancock Hall) opened in 1976 and winning 53 of their last 64 matches played in the building ... the Bears had a 35-match winning streak at home (the second longest Division I home-court winning streak in the country) until falling to IPFW on Nov. 11, 2005 ... the Bears are 58-13 at Butler-Hancock since the beginning of the 1999 season (the 2000 season was played in the Campus Rec Center and not included in those totals) ... the volleyball team played its 300th match in Butler-Hancock on Sept. 7, 2004 defeating the Wyoming Cowgirls 3-0 in front of 914 fans.

Bears Play Better With An Early Lead

In the two years plus with under head coach Lyndsey Benson the Bears have played much better with an early lead ... Northern Colorado is 28-6 when leading a match 1-0 ... however if the team falls behind early - watch out ... the Bears are only 3-38 under Benson when trailing 1-0.

The Acer

Dulcie Stone tied her career-high with three service against UC Riverside (9/1).

The Start of Something

The Bears sweep of Saint Francis on Aug. 31 was the first sweep of an opponent by NC since Oct. 24, 2006 when the squad took out Air Force in three ... the consecutive sweeps by NC over Saint Francis and UC Riverside (8/31) was the first time the Bears have swept consecutive matches since the sweeps of conference rivals Idaho State and Wyoming on Oct. 12 and Oct. 18, 2006.

Butler-Hancock Gets a Face Lift

The Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion, which orginally opened in 1976, has been undergoing a bit of a face lift the last two seasons ... among the renovations are brand new theatre-style chairbacks, a new sound system, scoreboard/message center, a new entrance and a brand new painted logo at center court to the now over 30-year old building.

Northern Colorado Eighth in Preseason Poll

In the Big Sky Conference Preseason Poll, Northern Colorado was picked eighth ... the Bears collected 19 points in the poll ... Sacramento State earned the top spot with 64 points and all eight first-place votes.

Early Beginnings

Northern Colorado's matches against Portland and South Dakota State on Friday, August 24 were be tied for the earliest start date in program history ... the Bears also opened on August 24 back in 2001 when the team took on Incarnate Wood (W, 3-0) and then No. 10 Nebraska-Kearney (L, 1-3) ... the home opener of August 31 against Saint Francis (PA) (W, 3-0) in the first match of the UNC Hampton Inn & Suites Classic was the earliest home match ever for the Bears ... the previous earliest home match was September 1 ... the Bears played against Colorado Mines (W, 3-0) in 1998 and CU-Colorado Springs (W, 3-0) in 1992.

The Return

Kenzie Shreeve returns to the Bears this season after missing her sophomore season with an injury ... Shreeve had a strong exhibition performance in the alumni match on (8/18) in leading the team in kills ... as a freshman in 2005, Shreeve played in 17 games while totaling 20 kills, six service aces and seven digs.

She Knows People

Senior libero Abby Mayne is well connected in the Northern Colorado community as her father, Dick Mayne, is the band director for the Bears Marching Band (The Pride of the Rockies).

The Designated Leaders

The Bears have named seniors Abby Mayne and Dulcie Stone as the team captain for the 2007 season ... this is the first time Stone has captained the Northern Colorado volleyball team, while Mayne was co-captain last season.

Bringing Them Back and Digging Them Up

The Bears are bringing back 70 percent of their digs back from last year's squad (1,238 total digs returning) ... of the 70 percent, 98 percent (1213 digs) come from four returning players (Abby Mayne-429, Dulcie Stone-355, Breanna VanDerMost-236, Lauren Carter-193).

Moving Up In The World

Senior Abby Mayne is ranked seventh in school history with 1,537 digs ... she just passed Tia Self (1997-2000) and is 76 from passing Debbie Ponis (1993-95).

First Time Opponents

Three of the teams that participated in the UNC Hampton Inn and Suites Classic were first time opponents for the Bears ... the three new teams were Saint Francis (PA) (W, 3-0), Florida Gulf Coast (L, 3-1) and Iowa (L, 3-1).

A Noteworthy Achievement

The 2007 season is the 40th for the women's volleyball program at Northern Colorado ... the program began in 1967 under Rosemary Fri ... Fri (1967-75) coached the Bears until 1975 when Linda Delk took over ... Delk (1976-2001) stayed as the head coach until 2001 when Ron Alexander (2002-04) started his three-year stint. ... after Alexander, Lyndsey Benson was named the program's fourth-ever head coach on August 8, 2005.

Seeing the World

The Northern Colorado volleyball will have the chance to see the world in the spring as the team travels to China in May 2008 ... the tour is planned from May 12-23 and friends and family of the program are invited to join the team ... sponsorship opportunities for those who are not able to travel with the team, but will still like to help fund the trip for the Bears are also available ... please contact assistant coach Jenny Glenn at 970.351.2180 if you are interested in assisting the team ... for those interested in traveling with the team, please fill out the form on the Northern Colorado website (www.uncbears.com) and return the form to TranSports Athletic Team Tours or call Dale at 877-754-8726 for more information ... the cost of the trip is just $3,190 based on double occupancy ... the cost is per passenger and is subject to change based on availability, supplier costing and variance in passenger numbers ... included in that cost is round-trip air from United States, English speaking local guides, hotel accommodations, private coach, three meals a day, all tours and entrance fees as stated and the services of TranSports staff throughout.

Keeping Busy During the Summer

The Bears coaching staff hosted what is believed to be the largest volleyball team camp in the nation over the summer from July 26-28 at Butler-Hancock ... there were 122 teams from 73 schools and seven different states represented (Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico, Nebraska, South Dakota, Montana and Kansas) at the camp and most of the local high schools (Greeley West, Greeley Central, Northridge, Frontier Academy, Eaton, Platte Valley and Windsor) were also in attendance.

Volleyball Earns Academic Honor

At the end of the summer, the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced the University of Northern Colorado volleyball team had earned a GamePlanTM/AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2006-2007 season ... the award, initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors collegiate and high school teams that display excellence in the classroom by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale and a 4.10 cumulative team GPA on a 5.0 scale during the school year ... Nominating head coaches must be AVCA members ...the Bears were one of 55 Division I teams honored for their academics.

Up Next

The Bears have a non-conference match against Wyoming (10/9) in Laramie at 7 p.m. before returning home to take on conference rival Northern Arizona (10/13) at 7 p.m.