Published: Friday, September 28, 2012
Updated: Friday, September 28, 2012 02:09
After a slow beginning, the UNC volleyball team put on a dominate performance, sweeping Sacramento State Thursday at Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion.
The first set showed signs of a competitive match, but that portrayal was soon deflated by the authority of the University of Northern
Colorado’s (11-3, 4-1 Big Sky) middle blocker and outside hitters. Among the dominating players was sophomore middle blocker Andrea Spaustat.
“Honestly, a lot of that had to do with our passing,” Spaustat said. “Our passing was amazing tonight, and Marissa’s balls were on the money which gave me a lot of opportunities.”
Spaustat had 17 kills, six digs, three service aces and four block assists in the match.
“(Spaustat’s) just a stud, and there is nothing that I could really say about her that nobody else already knows,” sophomore outside hitter Brianna Strong said.
With the first set being so close, including UNC trailing Sacramento State (5-9, 1-4) 22-20, the Bears showed a great fight, winning the game 27-25.
“Our girls are tough, they are motivated and want to win,” head coach Lyndsey Oates said. “Our leaders stepped up in that situation: we had to makes some key defensive plays and they made a few errors as well that helped us out a little bit.”
After being down early, UNC ran away with the remainder of the match, winning the final two sets 25-17 and 25-15, respectively.
Senior outside hitter Kelley Arnold had 10 kills and 10 digs in the match, followed by Strong with seven kills.
The Bears begin a three-game set on the road 6 p.m. Monday at North Dakota (6-8, 2-2).