FLC splits 2 at Mountain Lion

The Fort Lewis College volleyball team split two matches at the Mountain Lion Invitational on Friday at Colorado Springs.

The Skyhawks swept Midwestern State (Wichita Falls, Texas) 3-0 in the morning, then lost to Wayne State College (Wayne, Neb.) 3-0 in the afternoon match.

“We had very good play. Our offense did very well with all of our hitters in the mix,” FLC head coach Shelly Aaland said in a news release after the Skyhawks stopped Midwestern State 25-22, 25-18, 25-16.

Ashley Wells, a former prep standout at Grand Junction Central, led the Skyhawks with 11 kills. Stephanie Sonka and Kristin Stephan added seven kills each. Alexa Moser and Ashley Ellis, two FLC freshmen from Arizona, had six kills each.

Skyhawks’ setter Ciara Krening had 34 assists.

Jenna Kinzer, an FLC junior from Colorado Springs, led the FLC defense with 12 digs.

In the afternoon match, Wayne State inched away to beat FLC 25-23 in the first set. Ranked 12th in the country in Division II, Wayne State (4-1) finished the match 25-13, 25-16.

Stephan had 10 kills to lead the Skyhawks. Wells added nine. Moser had eight.

Krening was credited with 32 assists; Kinzer had 25 digs to lead all defenders.

“We’ll get through this preseason weekend working out the kinks to get ready for RMAC play,” Aaland said.

FLC (3-3) will play Franklin Pierce (3-2) at 9 a.m. today, then will play host and RMAC foe UC-Colorado Springs (2-3) at 2 p.m.

FLC will play its home openers – all RMAC games – next weekend at Whalen Gymnasium.