Volleyball equals record for consecutive conference wins

By Doug Fitzgerald published September 16, 2005

The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs equaled its school record for consecutive conference wins Friday night with a 3-0 (30-27, 32-30, 30-22) victory over the Fort Lewis Skyhawks.

It was the Mountain Lions' fourth straight Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference win, matching the RMAC streak of the 2001 and 2004 teams and also the mark of the 1993 team, which won four straight in the now-defunct Colorado Athletic Conference.

"I think that this program has grown a lot even since I've been here," said UCCS redshirt junior Kelley Angel, who arrived on campus in 2002. "Going 4-0 in conference is awesome and I see us doing a lot of great things this year."

UCCS (7-5, 4-0 RMAC) has won six straight overall, two short of the school record set in 2001.

Diane Sheldon led the Mountain Lions with 12 kills and a .375 hitting percentage, while Angel added 10 kills. Andrea Weedman struggled offensively but was outstanding on defense, recording a match-high 25 digs, several of which were of the spectacular variety.

"Andrea pulled some amazing digs," said Sheldon. "This wasn't the best match we've played this season but luckily we were able to pull some big digs and big blocks when we needed them."

LeeAnne Greenwade led Fort Lewis (1-10, 1-2) with 18 kills.

"She definitely knows where to put the ball," said Angel of Greenwade. "When the set was inside, she hit cross. She tooled the block."

The Mountain Lions will have a chance to break the school record for conference wins next Friday at Adams State.

After falling behind 8-6 in Game 1, Angel had two kills and an assisted block with Jill Wrenn to help the Mountain Lions to a 7-0 run. Fort Lewis battled back to close the deficit to two, but could get no closer as UCCS took the opener 30-27.

Fort Lewis took an early lead in Game 2, which they grew to 26-21 on a Nicole Schwab block. Rather than concede, the Mountain Lions sandwiched two three-point runs around a service error to tie the match at 27. The Skyhawks had a chance to serve for the game at 30-29, but Shelton answered with two kills and Caroline Ottino added another as UCCS prevailed 32-30.

"We didn't seem to click really well the first two games," said Shedon. "We weren't bringing it together as a whole."

They brought in together in Game 3, though. The Mountain Lions never trailed, jumping out to a 22-13 lead and cruising to a 30-22 decision to close out the match.

"We came back in the third game and played like we should have in the first two," said Angel.

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