‘Ridiculous’ offense ‘dominates’ the Skyhawks

The Skyhawks walked down a short set of scoring steps Friday.

They started high at 22 points, stepped down to 20, then plunged to 11 as the Fort Lewis College volleyball team lost in three sets to No. 23 Metro State on Friday night in Denver.

“It didn’t go real well,” FLC head coach Shelley Aaland said.

The first game, Aaland said, felt like the two teams were matching up well before the Metro State offense really got going.

“We were just dominated by their offense, and we weren’t able to adjust quickly enough,” she said.

Blame the Roadrunners’ “ridiculous” .441 hitting percentage, led by Alysa Heath’s 21 kills and single error for a .741 hitting percentage.

“They just run a really fast offense,” Aaland said.

“It’s hard to anticipate where they’re going to go.”

Lauren Quijano added 14 kills for the Roadrunners, Daleah Whitaker had eight and Kylie Haun seven.

“They’re very smart hitters, so when we took away one part of the court, they’d go to the other.”

For the Skyhawks, the scoring was much more even.

Ashley Wells led the team with seven kills, followed by six from Stephani Sonka and four each from Ashley Ellis and Kristin Stephan.

“It was all offense, not a whole lot of defense,” Aaland said.

“We decided if we couldn’t stop them, we’d have to match them.”

They didn’t, but the Skyhawks did outclass them when it came to blocking and serving. The FLC women doubled up the Roadrunners at the net, totaling six blocks.

“We had aspects of our game that were pretty strong,” Aaland said of her “improving” team.

The Skyhawks also served up six aces to just two from the Metro State women.

It doesn’t get any easier for the Skyhawks (9-11, 5-7 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference), either. They’ll play No. 17 Regis at 5 p.m. today in Denver.

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