Record crowd disappointed by volleyball loss
A school-record 330 fans went away disappointed as the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs volleyball team was defeated by the Adams State Grizzlies 3-2 (15-30, 30-25, 30-26, 23-30, 15-10) Friday night at the Lionsâ€TM Den.
The overflow crowd in the 300-seat Lionsâ€TM Den eclipsed the previous high of 322 that attended the Mountain Lionsâ€TM match against Southern Colorado on Sept. 12, 2002.
The loss also ended UCCSâ€TM nine-match home winning streak.
UCCS (14-9, 10-4) fell into a tie with New Mexico Highlands and Mesa State for first place in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conferenceâ€TMs Western Division. New Mexico Highlands will play the Mountain Lions in the Lionsâ€TM Den Saturday night.
â€œWe will definitely think about what weâ€TMre going to do this next game,â€ said UCCS libero Laura Meeter, who had a match-high 28 digs. â€œWeâ€TMll all make goals for ourselves â€" which we didnâ€TMt do this game â€" so that our play is better tomorrow.â€
Kelley Angel led UCCS with 19 kills, while Andrea Weedman added 13 and Diane Sheldon had 12 as the Mountain Lions totaled 63 kills versus 45 for the Grizzlies. Countering those numbers was sloppy execution that led UCCS to 40 hitting errors, 16 service errors, three blocking errors and two ball handling errors.
â€œIt was all mental,â€ said Meeter. â€œWe made our mistakes and it cost us the game.â€
But while the Mountain Lions made an inordinate number of mistakes on offense, they were resilient defensively. Adams State hit just .016.
â€œBoth teams were pretty scrappy,â€ said Meeter. â€œWe were covering the ball well when we hit the ball. Both teams were in their spots and the blocks were in their spots. That makes it easier for the defense to pick up the hits.â€
Emily Bussey and Tiffany Stockebrand led Adams State (10-11, 7-7 RMAC) with 13 kills each. Libero Jocelyn Garcia led the Grizzlies with 17 digs and had four of her teamâ€TMs 10 service aces.
After digging an early 10-5 hole, UCCS was dominant in Game 1. Led by six kills by Diane Sheldon, the Mountain Lions outscored Adams State 25-5 the rest of the way.
That dominance was short-lived, though, as Adams State built another early lead in Game 2, leading 18-8 after a Stockebrand kill. UCCS battled back using a 17-9 run to close to 27-25 before dropping the final three points.
The Mountain Lions opened Game 3 with a 16-10 lead before Adams State reeled off six straight points thanks in part to a pair of service aces by Garcia. A 5-1 run with the score tied at 19 gave the Grizzlies a lead they were able to ride for a 2-1 lead in games.
A 14-4 run in Game 4 overturned an early Adams State advantage, putting UCCS up 18-14. Adams State was unable to get closer than three after that.
With the score tied at five in the deciding game, the Grizzlies blocking game came into play. Adams State put up four of its 13 blocks to outscore UCCS 10-5 the rest of the way and claim the match.
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