FLC loses 1st of 3 to a tough East

Skyhawks’ volleyball loses to UCCS, gets Metro State, Regis next

A long three-games-in-three-days odyssey began on a bit of a sour note Thursday for the Fort Lewis College volleyball team, which fell 3-0 at UC-Colorado Springs.

The Skyhawks dropped three close games 28-26, 25-18 and 25-23 to fall to 9-10 and 5-6 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

The Mountain Lions rode a diverse offensive attack to victory. UCCS (14-6, 9-3 RMAC) got 13 kills from Kim Catlett, 10 from Jordan Banich, 10 from Amanda Bloom and nine from Nikki Kinzer and attacked at a .272 clip. Grace Gordon had 23 assists and Lindsey Stitch 21 as UCCS ran two setters.

“They do a good job of spreading the ball around, so their big girls got more opportunities at one-on-ones,” FLC head coach Shelly Aaland said.

“They’re huge height-wise. They’ve got size from pretty much everywhere.”

Ashley Wells had 12 kills for the Skyhawks, and Stephani Sonka and Hannah Starbuck had eight apiece. Jenna Kinzer, Nikki’s sister, led FLC with 21 digs, while Ciara Krening had 32 assists.

Aaland said a team meeting held earlier in the day paid dividends at night.

“I was very pleased with the team effort (Thursday). I think it’s the best overall team effort we’ve had all season,” Aaland said.

The Skyhawks will continue their busy weekend against the upper echelon of the RMAC East Division at 7 p.m. today against No. 23 Metro State, then will play No. 17 Regis on Saturday.

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