Two Skyhawks had some fire; the team, not so much.
Even though Kristin Stephan and Ashley Wells got hot, the Fort Lewis College women’s volleyball team lost to Colorado Mesa in straight sets Tuesday night in Grand Junction, 28-26, 25-14, 25-18.
“Kristin Stephan and Ashley Wells both had a really good night (Tuesday), but we couldn’t match their firepower,” FLC head coach Shelly Aaland said.
Wells had a match-leading 10 kills and team-leading eight digs in her hometown – “You could really tell she was trying to show off her stuff, and she did,” Aaland said.
Stephan had seven kills and three blocks.
Ciara Krening provided all 23 of the Skyhawks’ assists.
But the Skyhawks couldn’t match the Mavericks, who also beat them 3-2 earlier in the year.
“We didn’t have a ton of fire (Tuesday night), which is disappointing,” Aaland said. “This was a really big match, and we kind of let it get through our fingers.”
Colorado Mesa tallied 41 kills in the three sets, compared to just 25 from FLC.
Abby Ney and Kelly Regimbal led the Mavericks with nine. Ney, a left-handed freshman, gave the Skyhawks fits.
“It’s such an awkward thing to try to block,” Aaland said.
The Skyhawks (10-14, 6-10 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) next will play Western New Mexico at 6 p.m. Saturday in Silver City, N.M.
They beat the Mustangs 3-1 last month, but Western New Mexico since has gone 10-5.
“They’ve really taken it to some teams,” Aaland said.