By: Ryan Hartwig (@RyanHartwig)
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (GreenBayPhoenix.com) – The Green Bay volleyball team (4-4) saw its four-match winning streak come to an end on Saturday, as the Phoenix dropped a pair of road contests to Northern Iowa (6-4) at the McLeod Center. The host Panthers took the more competitive opener 3-1, and then swept the Phoenix 3-0 in the night match.
“I think our team learned a lesson today and it was a very tough lesson to learn,” Green Bay head coach Michaela Franklin said. “UNI is a very good team, they killed us in transition and they took advantage of any broken play that we had. The thing to take away from today is that our focus and mentality reflected how we played. We just have to refocus and get ready for a quick turnaround against a very good Marquette team on Tuesday.”
MATCH ONE: UNI 3, Green Bay 1
Green Bay made a strong comeback effort in the afternoon match, but a 0-2 deficit was too much to overcome as the Phoenix fell 3-1 (25-19, 25-16, 19-25, 25-19) to the Panthers.
UNI controlled the first two sets, outhitting the Phoenix .379 to .120 and holding a 31-23 advantage in kills while committing eight fewer attack errors, but the Phoenix bounced back in the third, using an 11-4 run down the stretch to pull away for the 25-19 win.
Trailing 15-14 in set three, Green Bay used kills by Taylor Kasal (Westmont, Ill.) and Leah Van Zeeland (Kaukauna, Wis.) to take five of the next six points and force a Panthers timeout at 19-16. UNI cut it to two at 21-19, but back-to-back kills by Emily Riese (Fond du Lac, Wis.) followed by an attack error moments helped the Phoenix avoid the sweep.
The Phoenix carried momentum into the fourth, jumping out to a 6-1 lead, but the hosts took the next five points to tie the score at 6-6. Green Bay responded with a 5-1 run of its own, but UNI once again battled back and opened up a three-point lead (17-14). The Phoenix cut it to one at 17-16 after a Van Zeeland kill, but the Panthers went on an 8-3 run to win the set 25-19 and the match 3-1.
Van Zeeland finished with a double-double, recording a team-high 11 kills and 12 digs, while fellow senior Monica Anderson (Cottage Grove, Wis.) also tallied 11 kills. Riese finished the contest with 30 assists and Jillian Bauer (Verona, Wis.) registered a team-best 26 digs.
UNI’s Macy Ubben led all players with 13 kills in the match, while Caldwell ran the offense with a match-high 46 assists.
MATCH TWO: UNI 3, Green Bay 0
Much like the opener, Panthers were able to dominate the first two sets in the 3-0 sweep on Saturday evening, winning 25-14 and 25-16 before closing things out with a 25-19 victory in the third.
The Panthers had six players with at least five kills in the contest, led by Eryca Hingtgen’s 10. Anderson paced the Phoenix offense for the second straight match, tallying a team-high eight kills. Mikaela Gunderson (Casco, Wis.) and Van Zeeland had six kills each, while Bauer had 25 digs.
The doubleheader marked the first time in school history that Green Bay played the same team twice on the same day.
Green Bay will welcome Marquette to the Kress Center on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. for its 2013 home opener.
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