This Week in Mountain Lion Athletics

By Sports Information Staff published August 27, 2012

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs begins the fall sports season this weekend with men's soccer in California, volleyball in Phoenix and women's soccer hosting the first two games of a six-game homestand this weekend. The Mountain Lions begin the opening weekend with eight contests over a four-day span during the extended Labor Day weekend.

 Thursday, August 30
Men's Soccer UCCS at California State-East Bay Hayward, Calif. 8 p.m. MDT
 Friday, August 31
Volleyball UCCS vs. No. 3 California State-San Bernardino Phoenix, Ariz. 10 a.m. MDT
Volleyball UCCS at Grand Canyon Phoenix, Ariz. 3 p.m. MDT
Women's Soccer UCCS hosts Fort Hays State Mountain Lion Stadium 7 p.m.
 Saturday, September 2
Men's Soccer UCCS vs. California State-Stanislaus San Rafael, Calif. 12 p.m. MDT
Volleyball UCCS vs. Cal Poly Pomona Phoenix, Ariz. 12:30 p.m. MDT
Volleyball UCCS vs. No. 17 UC-San Diego Phoenix, Ariz. 5:30 p.m. MDT
 Sunday, September 2
Women's Soccer UCCS hosts West Texas A&M Mountain Lion Stadium 2 p.m.
Volleyball (0-0 / 0-0 RMAC)

  • UCCS starts the 2012 season at the Grand Canyon Invitational in Phoenix, Ariz., on Friday and Saturday. The Mountain Lions will face two teams ranked in the AVCA Top 25 poll.
  • Nikki Kinzer earned a spot on the RMAC Preseason Team as the Mountain Lions were picked to finish seventh in the coaches' poll and advance to the conference tournament.
  • Head Coach Keith Barnett starts the season third in UCCS program coaching records with 50 in his first three seasons. He needs eight more wins to tie for second in program records.
Men's Soccer (0-0-0 / 0-0-0 RMAC)

  • The Mountain Lions open the 2012 season in California with games against California State-East Bay and California State-Stanislaus on Thursday and Saturday, respectively.
  • UCCS was picked to qualify for another RMAC tournament with a fifth-place pick in the preseason coaches' poll.
  • All-RMAC Second Team selection Brett Drefs and Third Team pick Max Thomas lead the returners from the 2011 season, who led the Mountain Lions to the conference tournament quarterfinals.
  • The Mountain Lions begin the season with new head coach Johnnie Keen. He was previously an assistant coach for Henry Ellis, who retired last season.
Women's Soccer (0-0-0 / 0-0-0 RMAC)

  • Coming off the most wins in a season in program history. the Mountain Lions open the 2012 season with Fort Hays State on Friday in the home-opener and then are also at Mountain Lion stadium on Sunday against West Texas A&M in the first two of six home games to start the season.
  • UCCS was picked to finish seventh in the RMAC
  • UCCS will begin the fifth season in program history with head coach Nichole Ridenour.
  • The Mountain lions return the RMAC defensive player of the week from Oct. 25 Jessica Taylor and also have six seniors including Taylor.

UCCS Players/Staff Featured

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