Bears Volleyball Claws Back Against Eastern Illinois
Munice, Ind. - - Northern Colorado volleyball team fought back from a 2-0 deficit to win their first match of the year 3-2 (21-25, 24-26, 25-17, 25-19, 15-10) over Eastern Illinois in the Active Ankles Tournament at Ball State University Friday night.
Coach Lyndsey Oates was pleased with her teams fight through the match, "It was a courageous comeback, after being down 0-2 and playing pretty tentative to make that switch between sets two and three showed a lot of courage."
The Bears out hit EIU .253 to .153 for the match helping lead to the victory. Senior middle blocker Andrea Spaustat (15 kills, 11 digs), sophomore setter Ashley Guthrie (37 assists, 10 digs) and junior outside hitter Kendra Cunningham (13 kills, 12 digs) recorded their first double doubles of the year.
The trio were not the only ones to shine for the Bears, freshman middle blocker Alex Kloehn stepped up in her first match recording 7 block assists.
The first two sets between Northern Colorado and Eastern Illinois were back and forth with 6 lead changes and 15 ties, before the Bears came out of the locker room and took over the final three sets combining for only 2 lead changes and 3 ties.
The key to the change came on the defensive end for the Bears, after allowing the Panthers to hit .229 and .317 the first two sets respectively. The final three sets UNC help EIU to .000, .100, and .091 hitting percentage.
"I was pleased with our offense throughout the match and saw a good switch after the first two sets leading to a balanced match for us which is good to see" said Oates.
The Bears take the court again tomorrow for their final two matches of the Active Ankles tournament, first against Western Illinois at 11:30 a.m., followed by a night cap against host Ball State at 6:00 p.m.
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