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Fort Lewis volleyball trumps N.M. Highlands

The Fort Lewis College volleyball team celebrated in Las Vegas, N.M., on Friday night after beating New Mexico Highlands 3-1 in a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference match.

The Skyhawks won 25-21, 25-22, 22-25, 25-22 to improve to 11-15 overall and 7-11 in the RMAC.

N.M. Highlands fell to 6-22 overall, 2-16 in conference.

“It was a typical Highlands match,” FLC head coach Shelly Aaland said. “The scoring fluctuated side to side ... point for point.”

Ashley Wells led the FLC offense Friday night with 17 kills.

Stephani Sonka added 10 kills with a Skyhawks’ high .348 hitting percentage.

Hannah Starbuck also hammered 10 kills in the Skyhawks’ victory. Taylor Frederking added eight kills.

The Skyhawks’ Jenna Kinzer led both teams with 25 digs. Wells had 13 and Starbuck 12.

Ciara Krening collected 35 assists for FLC.

“We were down in all four games, and we were able to come back and win three of them,” Aaland said.

The Skyhawks trailed 21-18 in the fourth game before rallying to win.

“Our defense kept making the adjustments,” Aaland said. “Our offense was good, too.

“Highlands is a much improved team from the first time we played,” Aaland said.

“I’m really happy to get this one,” she said.

Dairan Mullen paced N.M. Highlands with 14 kills.

Cowgirls’ setter Quiana Vigil had 37 assists.

The Skyhawks will finish the regular season at 7 p.m. today with a match at CSU-Pueblo.


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