Poor hitting dooms UCCS against Mesa State

By Doug Fitzgerald published September 9, 2006

DENVER â€" Inconsistent hitting hurt the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs volleyball team as the Mountain Lions concluded the first of two Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference East/West Crossover Tournaments with a 3-0 (30-20, 31-29, 30-23) loss to the Mesa State Mavericks Saturday evening at the Auraria Events Center.

UCCS (4-8, 1-3 RMAC) hit a miserable .032 thanks to 35 hitting errors against only 40 kills. Conversely, Mesa State (4-10, 3-1 RMAC) hit .200 with 43 kills and only 14 errors.

The hitting woes allowed Mesa State to put together long runs in each game. In Game 1, for instance, Dara Waialae served a 10-point rally that turned a three-point Mountain Lions lead into a seven-point deficit.

UCCS held a lead of three or more points in every game but couldnâ€TMt sustain any kind of momentum.

The Mountain Lionsâ€TM best chance came in Game 2 when consecutive aces by Andrea Weedman tied the match at 29. A kill by Drew Coules and an ace by Ashley Loftsgard, however, gave the Mavericks the game.

Stacy Vogel led Mesa State with 14 kills, while Choules added 10.

Caroline Ottino led UCCS with eight kills while Brooke Akers and Andrea Weedman added seven each.

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