Volleyball has little trouble in Slovenian exhibition win
GREELEY -- Kelley Arnold had 11 kills Friday, and Brittany Crenshaw, Alyssa Wilson and Tambre Haddock added six apiece in Northern Colorado's 3-0 exhibition win against Nova KBM Maribor in the Colorado State Rams Volleyball Classic.
The Bears (4-3), which will continue Classic play tomorrow in Fort Collins with matches against Wichita State and No. 14 Colorado State, hit a respectable .218 Friday night and had 33 digs and eight blocks in their 25-21, 25-22, 25-18 win.
Nova KBM, a Slovenian professional club team, came into the match with wins against Utah and Denver on its current nine-match American-tour resume, and it also took Colorado State to four sets last night in Fort Collins.
Northern Colorado had little trouble in this one, though, and got 14 of its 15 players some match experience against a high-level professional team. The only Bear to not see the floor was senior Breanna Williams, who was held out for precautionary reasons after a foot injury ended her junior season prematurely.
Meredith Johnson tied teammate Amanda Arterburn with a match-high eight digs to lead the Bears' defensive attack, and Johnson also had three service aces.
Marissa Hughes dished out 28 assists to pace Northern Colorado and she also slammed down four kills on .429 hitting.
Crenshaw hit .556 for the match, with her six kills coming with no errors on nine kills. That mark would have been good enough for a season high.