Middle blockers lead UCCS to win

By Doug Fitzgerald published September 3, 2005

Middle blockers Kelley Angel and Caroline Ottino combined for 36 kills as the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs evened its record at the Amerisuites/Mountain Lion Invitational with a 3-1 victory over the St. Mary's Rattlers on Saturday.

St. Mary's overplayed the outside to slow down UCCS hitters Andrea Weedman, Diane Sheldon, Jill Wrenn and Stephanie Laband. The powerful Mountain Lion quartet was held to a combined 26 kills and a microscopic .056 hitting percentage.

The consequence of the strategy, though, was to leave Ottino and Angel open for one-on-one situations and able to exploit the slide play. It also left the Rattlers susceptible to the dump, allowing setter Jocelyn Evans to get 11 kills and a .550 hitting percentage to go along with her 29 assists. Angel finished with 19 kills and Ottino had 17.

The Mountain Lions (3-5) finished the tournament with a 2-2 record. They will open the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference portion of their schedule at home on Friday against Western State.

Mallary Moehrig led St. Mary's (2-5) with 12 kills.

Angel and Evans were named to the All-Tournament team from UCCS. Libero Katy Migl was chosen as St. Mary's representative.

Wayne State compiled a 4-0 record to win the inaugural AmeriSuites/Mountain Lion Invitational, hosted by the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

Cameron went 3-1 to finish second in the tournament, wh9ich was held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Adams State went 2-1, UCCS was 2-2, St. Mary's went 0-3 and Angelo State went 0-4.

2005 AmeriSuites/Mountain Lion Invitational All-Tournament team:

Kelley Angel - UCCS

Tess Brindock - Angelo State

Laura Dolezal - Wayne State

Michelle Eckhardt - Wayne State

Jocelyn Evans - UCCS

Jocelyn Garcia - Adams State

Vicki Ibarra - Cameron

Julie Jacobsen - Wayne State

Katy Migl - St. Mary's

Alysha Pritt - Cameron

Brittany Whiteley - Adams State

UCCS Players/Staff Featured

Kelley AngelKelley Angel7MB
Kelley AngelKelley Angel7OHSo.
Kelly AngelKelly Angel7MB
Kelly AngelKelly Angel7MB
Caroline OttinoCaroline Ottino14MB
Caroline OttinoCaroline Ottino8MBFr.
Caroline OttinoCaroline Ottino13MDSo.
Caroline OttinoCaroline Ottino13MB
Caroline OttinoCaroline Ottino13MB
Jill WrennJill Wrenn5OH/RSFr.
Jill WrennJill Wrenn4RSSo.
Jill WrennJill Wrenn5RS
Jill WrennJill Wrenn5RS
Andrea WeedmanAndrea Weedman9OHFr.
Andrea WeedmanAndrea Weedman9OH/DSSr.
Andrea WeedmanAndrea Weedman9OH/DSSr.
Andrea WeedmanAndrea Weedman9OH/DSSr.
Diane SheldonDiane Sheldon11OH/RSSr.
Diane SheldonDiane Sheldon11OH/RSSr.
Diane SheldonDiane Sheldon11OH/RSSr.
Jocelyn EvansJocelyn Evans2S
Marie OttinoMarie Ottino3OH
Marie OttinoMarie Ottino3OH
Stephanie LabandStephanie Laband15OH/RSSr.
Stephanie LabandStephanie Laband15OH/RSSr.
Stephanie LabandStephanie Laband15OH/RSSr.
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