This Week in Mountain Lion Athletics

By Sports Information Staff published November 13, 2012

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs volleyball team begins postseason action on Tuesday night in the RMAC Tournament while the nationally-ranked Mountain Lion cross country teams travel to the national championships on Saturday. Both UCCS basketball teams begin their regular seasons this weekend in non-conference classics.

 Tuesday, November 13
Volleyball UCCS travels to #21 Adams State Alamosa, Colo. 7 p.m. Live Video | Live Stats | Live Audio
 Friday, November 16
Volleyball UCCS in RMAC Semifinals (with win) TBD TBA  
Women's Basketball UCCS takes on Oklahoma Panhandle State Alamosa, Colo. 3 p.m. Live Stats | Live Video
Men's Basketball UCCS takes on Bemidji State Winona, Minn. 4 p.m. MST Live Stats | Live Video | Live Audio
 Saturday, November 17
Volleyball UCCS in RMAC Championship (with win) TBD TBA  
Men's Cross Country #9 UCCS travels to NCAA Division II National Championships Joplin, Mo. 9:30 a.m. MST Live Video
Women's Cross Country #11 UCCS travels to NCAA Division II National Championships Joplin, Mo. 10:30 a.m. MST Live Video
Women's Basketball UCCS takes on Northern New Mexico Alamosa, Colo. 3 p.m. Live Stats | Live Video
Men's Basketball UCCS travels to Winona State Winona, Minn. 6 p.m. MST Live Stats | Live Video | Live Audio

Volleyball (18-10)

  • The University of Colorado Colorado Springs competes in the RMAC Tournament for the third time in the four seasons, beginning Tuesday night in the quarterfinals against Adams State.
  • The Mountain Lions' 18 wins are the most since 2009, and the 10 home victories this season are the most since 12 home wins in 1993.
  • Nikki Kinzer continues to lead Division II with 1.69 blocks per set and is third among all collegiate blockers in all three NCAA divisions. She holds the UCCS career record in block assists and is second in solo blocks for the rally scoring era.
  • A win in the quarterfinals would be the first postseason victory since the 2007 season, when the Mountain Lions advanced to the RMAC championship match.
No. 9 Men's Cross Country

  • The Mountain Lions compete in the NCAA Division II National Championships for the second straight season on Saturday morning at the Missouri Southern State University Cross Country Course. The 10-kilometer race begins at 9:30 a.m. MST.
  • UCCS qualified after a fourth-place performance at the regional championships on Nov. 3. Emilio Trujillo led the team with a No. 14 overall finish as one of three all-region runners.
  • Saturday will be the fourth national championship appearance for the Mountain Lions in program history. UCCS has finished as high as No. 11 in the championships and has finished in the top 20 in every appearance.
  • With the women making a championship appearance, Saturday marks the first time since 2006 and the second time in school history that both teams will compete at the national championships.
No. 11 Women's Cross Country

  • UCCS travels to the NCAA Division II National Championships for the first time since 2006 on Saturday. The women's six-kilometer race begins at 10:30 a.m. MST, and will be broadcast live by the NCAA along with the men's race.
  • The Mountain Lions improved to No. 11 in the national polls after a third-place performance at the regional championships on Nov. 3.
  • Veronica Sandoval, Megan Burrell, Madison Neher and Angie Martell each earned all-region honors at the championships. The four all-region runners are the most in a single season for UCCS.
  • The Mountain Lions finished seventh in their last trip to the national championships in 2006.
Men's Basketball (0-0)

  • The Mountain Lions begin the 2012-13 regular season this weekend with games against Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference teams Bemidji State and Winona State.
  • UCCS went 1-1 during the exhibition season with a win against Northern New Mexico and a loss to Division I Northern Colorado. Darius Pardner averaged 17.5 points per game in those contests.
  • Jordan Carter led the Mountain Lion rebounding effort in the exhibition season and shot nearly 58 percent from the field. He came a rebound short of a double-double against Northern Colorado.
  • Head Coach Jeff Culver begins his first season as the head coach for the Mountain Lions after a successful career at Johnson & Wales. He coached the Wildcats to three Association of Independent Institutions championships.
Women's Basketball (0-0)

  • UCCS opens the 2012-13 season this weekend at the Alamosa Tourism and Bankers Classic. The Mountain Lions open with Oklahoma Panhandle State on Friday and follow with Northern New Mexico on Saturday.
  • Abby Kirchoff was named to the All-RMAC Preseason Team as UCSS was picked sixth in the RMAC Preseason Poll.
  • Lauren Wolfinger needs to make six more three-pointers this weekend to move into the top 10 lists of UCCS career records. She's made 96 three-pointers in her three seasons.
  • The Mountain Lions were picked in the preseason poll to advance to the RMAC playoffs for the second straight season. UCCS made it to the semifinals of last year's tournament in Pueblo.

UCCS Players/Staff Featured

Nikki KinzerNikki Kinzer2MBSr
Emilio TrujilloEmilio TrujilloSo.
Veronica SandovalVeronica SandovalJr.
Madison NeherMadison Neher
Angie MartellAngie MartellSo.
Megan BurrellMegan BurrellSr.
Darius PardnerDarius Pardner1GSo
Jordan CarterJordan Carter5FJr
Abby KirchoffAbby Kirchoff20GSo
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