This Week in Mountain Lion Athletics

By Sports Information Staff published September 4, 2012

All six fall teams are in action at home or in the Colorado Springs area this week. Men's soccer hosts in-town rival Colorado College, womens' soccer goes for a 3-0 start on Friday night, volleyball hosts four other teams for the Mountain Lion Invitational, the cross country teams host the fifth annual Rust-Buster and men's golf opens the season on Sunday at Air Force.

 Wednesday, September 5
Men's Soccer UCCS hosts Colorado College Mountain Lion Stadium 7 p.m.
 Friday, September 7
Volleyball UCCS hosts Franklin Pierce Gallogly Events Center 11:30 a.m.
Volleyball UCCS hosts Wayne (Neb.) State Gallogly Events Center 7 p.m.
Women's Soccer UCCS hosts Saint Martin's Mountain Lion Stadium 7:30 p.m.
 Saturday, September 8
Men's Cross Country #13 UCCS hosts Rust-Buster Monument Valley Park 8:30 a.m.
Women's Cross Country UCCS hosts Rust-Buster Monument Valley Park 9:30 a.m.
Volleyball UCCS hosts Fort Lewis Gallogly Events Center 2 p.m.
Volleyball UCCS hosts Midwestern State Gallogly Events Center 7 p.m.
 Sunday, September 9
Men's Golf UCCS at Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. 8:15 a.m.

Volleyball (1-3 / 0-0 RMAC)

  • Nikki Kinzer continues to climb the all-time leader ladder in a few statistical catagories at UCCS. She currently has 632 kills, which ranks No. 16 all-time. She has 32 solo blocks which lands her No. 14 solo blocks, and needs just five more to crack the top 10. Kinzer also has 235 block assists which ranks No. 4 all time, needing 30 more for third.
  • The Mountain Lions have an even 22-22 all-time record with their upcoming opponents for the 2012 Mountain Lion Invitational: Franklin Pierce, Wayne State, Fort Lewis College, and Midwestern State. This will be the very first meeting with UCCS and Franklin Pierce. UCCS is tied with Wayne State 1-1, each winning on their home court. The Mountain Lions have won the last six meeting against Fort Lewis, dating back to October 18, 2008. The Mountain Lions are also undefeated against Midwestern state, winning each match they have played.
  • UCCS is currently averaging 2.92 blocks per game through their first four games, which is high than any Mountain Lion team has finished a season with in over a decade.
  • The Mountain Lions have been getting significant production from a few freshmen: Amanda Bloom, Kim Catlett, and Jordan Banich. They have averaged just under four and a half kills per game out of the team's 10, and account for 76 of the average 166 points.
Women's Soccer (2-0 / 0-0 RMAC)

  • The Mountain Lions look to remain undefeated when they take on Saint Martins on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. at Mountain Lion Stadium. The Saints are coming in 0-1 after falling to No. 25 California State-Stanislaus last Friday night.
  • Hannah Levett and Hannah Rather are both leading UCCS in scoring this season, with two goals each against West Texas A&M on Sunday afternoon. The Mountain Lions are one of two teams in the RMAC with multiple student-athletes with multiple goals in the opening weekend of the season.
  • The Mountain Lions are ranked sixth in the first NSCAA South Central Regional ranking of the season, and are one of three undefeated RMAC teams.
  • Friday's contest is the third of a six-game homestand for UCCS to open the season. A win would be the third 3-0 start for the Mountain Lions in program history.
Men's Soccer (0-2 / 0-0 RMAC)

  • UCCS opens the home season Wednesday night with in-town rival Colorado College. The last two meetings with the Tigers have both been decided in overtime.
  • Mash Shaswar led the Mountain Lion offense in California last weekend with six shots and a goal against California State-Stanislaus.
  • The Mountain Lions have won three of their last four games at Mountain Lion Stadium. UCCS posted its first winning record at home last season since moving to the on-campus stadium in 2006.
  • Wednesday's game will be the last game for the Mountain Lions before the start of the RMAC season Sept. 16 against Metro State - a span of 11 days. UCCS was picked to finish fifth in the conference preseason poll and advance to the postseason tournament.
No. 13 Men's Cross Country

  • The Mountain Lions open the 2012 season this Saturday in the fifth annual Rust-Buster. The men's six-kilometer race begins at 8:45 a.m. at Monument Valley Park in downtown Colorado Springs.
  • Eight men's teams are tentatively scheduled to compete alongside UCCS for this weekend's meet ahead of Tuesday night's entry deadline.
  • UCCS is ranked No. 13 in the latest national ranking and fourth in the regional ranking. It's the highest ranking in either poll in program history.
  • The Mountain Lions return five runners from last year's team that finished No. 19 at the national championships.
Women's Cross Country

  • UCCS begings the 2012 season Saturday morning at the fifth annual Rust-Buster. The women's four-kilometer race will follow the men's race at 9:30 a.m.
  • Nine other women's teams are tentatively scheduled to travel to Colorado Springs for the Rust-Buster, including five RMAC teams (Colorado State-Pueblo, Metro State, New Mexico Highlands, Western New Mexico, Colorado Christian).
  • The Mountain Lions were picked sixth in the USTFCCCA South Central Regional rankings. The top five teams at the regional championships in Denver will advance to the national championships in Joplin, Mo.
  • UCCS returns all seven runners from last year's regional championship team.
Men's Golf

  • The Mountain Lions open the 2012-13 season at the U.S. Air Force Academy's Gene Miranda Invitational on Sunday morning. The Mountain Lions are the only Division II among the field 15 Division I teams.
  • UCCS is receiving votes in the GolfWorld/Nike Preseason national poll. The Mountain Lions were also picked fifth in the RMAC Preseason Coaches' Poll.
  • Eddie DeLashmutt, a returning All-RMAC First Team golfer, was picked to the coaches' preseason team. He was the conference golfer of the week in March, led the Mountain Lions during one of the RMAC fall events, and was a two-time junior college All-American.
  • Since UCCS joined the conference in the 1997-98 season, no other RMAC school has won half the number of RMAC championships as the Mountain Lions (six titles).

UCCS Players/Staff Featured

Nikki KinzerNikki Kinzer2MBSr
Amanda BloomAmanda Bloom16OH/OPPR-Fr
Kim CatlettKim Catlett6OHFr
Jordan BanichJordan Banich11OH/OPPR-Fr
Hannah LevettHannah Levett18FSo
Hannah RatherHannah Rather7FSo
Mash ShaswarMash Shaswar7MSr.
Eddie DeLashmutt Eddie DeLashmutt Sr
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