March 14, 2006
DeKalb, IL - The term 'moral victory' is not in the vocabulary of Northern Illinois University Head Volleyball Coach Ray Gooden.
Despite handing #22 Ohio University its first loss in 33 games, the visiting Bobcats rallied and came away with the 27-30, 30-17, 30-20, 30-18 Mid-American Conference victory over the Huskies in Victor E. Court at NIU's Convocation Center on Saturday night.
"There's no such thing as a moral victory," Gooden said. "We matched blow-for-blow with them in Game One.
"We made a good play, they made a good play," Gooden continued. "After that, we just gave up too many points, bottom line."
With the victory, Ohio moves to 20-2 overall and remain undefeated in Mid-American Conference play at 10-0, while the Huskies fall to 11-13 on the campaign and 4-6 overall.
Ohio sophomore middle blocker Melissa Griffin topped the Bobcats with 19 kills, followed by both Julia Winkfield (17 kills) and Amanda Andersen (14 kills). Junior setter Savanah Parra garnered a double-double of 64 assists and 14 digs.
NIU was nearly flawless in the opening game, finishing the contest with a hitting percentage of .485 (19 kills, 3 errors, 33 attacks). The Huskies, however, were unable to sustain that momentum, hitting .007 (29 kills, 28 errors, 129 attacks) for the final three games.
The Bobcats were steady for the entire contest, finishing the match with a hitting percentage of .325 (72 kills, 20 errors, 160 attacks).
NIU junior middle blocker Kate McCullagh (Woodstock) led the Huskies with 16 kills, while sophomore outside hitter Amy Ward (Sycamore) added 13 kills in the defeat.
The Huskies will be back in action on Tuesday evening, hosting in-state rival Illinois State for a non-conference showdown at 7 p.m. at Victor E. Court in NIU's Convocation Center.
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