The ball bounces the Cougars’ way

Colorado Christian sweeps FLC in straight sets with Mines on deck

The Fort Lewis College volleyball team, with a bounce here or there, might’ve had a different result against Colorado Christian.

Unfortunately for the Skyhawks, those bounces were in too short a supply.

FLC came up a bit short against the Cougars, falling 25-22, 25-23, 25-23 on Friday at Whalen Gymnasium in a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference cross-divisional matchup.

“We didn’t have a ton of energy and really no sense of urgency,” FLC head coach Shelly Aaland said.

It was a good showing but not the desired result as the Skyhawks (9-8, 5-4 RMAC) begin their run against the beasts of the RMAC East.

Ashley Wells led FLC with 11 kills, while Jenna Kinzer tallied a team-high 15 digs.

The Skyhawks even switched things up and ran two setters in the final frame along with a bevy of subs.

“I was very proud of the girls that we subbed in. We used quite a few, it seemed like,” Aaland said.

But it was the Cougars’ advantage in attack percentage that told the tale. CCU (15-5, 6-4 RMAC) had an advantage of .206 to .130, led by 15 kills from Taylor Sturms and 12 from Andi Weber.

“It wasn’t an ugly match. It just lacked that real intensity that sometimes you get,” Aaland said. “So, again, I feel like we missed an opportunity because we let that one slip, and now we get into the top four in the East to finish out.”

FLC’s road will get even tougher today when No. 12 Colorado School of Mines will meet the Skyhawks at 7 p.m. at Whalen Gymnasium.

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