UCCS volleyball scores come-from-behind win, grab series points

By Doug Fitzgerald published September 9, 2006

DENVER â€" Down 29-28 in Game 4 of Saturdayâ€TMs volleyball match against the Colorado State-Pueblo Thunderwolves, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs was not just facing match point. The Mountain Lions were also staring at an 0-3 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference record, a fourth straight loss and an 0-4 deficit in Steel and Silver Series points.

Fortunately for UCCS, staring was as far as it got. The Mountain Lions rebounded to win Game 4, then Game 5 to take a 3-2 (30-20, 22-30, 25-30, 33-31, 15-13) victory and the two Steel and Silver points that went with it.

“The pressure came and, for the first time this season, our team pulled together to finish an incredibly tough match,” said UCCS coach Jessica Wood. “This match shows some character growth Iâ€TMve been waiting to see.”

The Steel and Silver series between UCCS and CSU-Pueblo is now tied 2-2.

Andrea Weedman had a match-high 22 kills for UCCS (4-7, 1-2 RMAC). Diane Sheldon added 16 kills, Stephanie Laband 12, Jill Wrenn 11. UCCSâ€TM leading scorer, Brook Akers, had a modest 10 kills but had four of those in the deciding fifth game.

Defensively, Laura Meeter led UCCS with 27 digs while Laband, Akers, Wrenn and Caroline Ottino each had four assisted blocks.

Samantha Connelly led CSU-Pueblo (6-5, 1-2 RMAC) with 21 kills.

The match was the Mountain Lionsâ€TM third at the RMAC East/West Crossover Tournament, hosted by Metro State. UCCS will face Mesa State Saturday at 7:30 in the tournament finale for both teams.

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