FLC volleyball follows its trend

Skyhawks continue back-and-forth play with another twinbill split

You win some. You lose some. And so it goes for Fort Lewis College volleyball.

The .500 team won some and lost some Saturday at the Mountain Lion Invitational in Colorado Springs, just like the Skyhawks did the day before and just like they did the first week of the season in Goodwell, Okla.

FLC beat Franklin Pierce in straight sets Saturday morning, then lost in four to host school and Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference competitor UC-Colorado Springs on Saturday afternoon.

“The problem is when we get to the teams we should be competitive with, we’re just not mature enough to win yet,” FLC head coach Shelly Aaland said.

“We’re building, but we’re still learning how to manage a match,” she said of her young team.

Ashley Wells had 17 kills and a .483 hitting percentage to lead FLC past Franklin Pierce 25-18, 25-16, 25-22 in the morning match.

Like the team itself, Wells has been running “hot and cold,” her coach said, “but (Saturday) morning she was pretty good.”

Ashley Ellis had four kills and four blocks in the win, and Hannah Starbuck had four kills.

“It was a much slower pace,” Aaland said, comparing the two matches. “On our side, though, we had really good play.”

FLC rolled that momentum into the UCCS match: “We were pretty competitive the first three games,” Aaland said.

The fourth was the momentum swing: UC-Colorado Springs won 21-25, 25-17, 25-23, 25-6.

“That was a really disappointing loss because we had the opportunity to get it done,” Aaland said.

Wells had 18 kills, Kristin Stephan had eight kills and five blocks, Stephani Sonka had eight kills and three blocks, and Jenna Kinzer had 20 digs.

“Home for two weekends, it’ll be good to get into conference play,” Aaland said of the Skyhawks’ next four matches at home.

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