UCCS can't shake Kearney jinx

By Doug Fitzgerald published September 29, 2006

Andrea Weedman had 14 kills and Brooke Akers added 11 more but the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs was unable to break the Nebraska-Kearney jinx, losing to the Lopers 3-1 (32-30, 28-30, 30-20, 30-17) at the Health and Sports Center in Kearney, Neb.

The Mountain Lions are winless in 14 all-time meetings between the schools.

Kelli Bunger had 15 kills and sophomore Juli Minicz added 13 lead Nebraska-Kearney (13-5, 6-3 RMAC). The win ended a rare two-match losing streak for the Lopers.

UCCS (7-10, 4-5 RMAC) battled back from deficits in each of the first two games.

In Game 1, Nebraska-Kearney was ahead 24-20 and then 29-25 before UCCS scored four straight to fight off match point.

Tied at 30, a block by Steph Hoemann â the first of her career â and Emily Christen gave the Lopers a one point lead. One of the nine UCCS ball handling errors on the night ended the set and put UNK ahead 1-0.

The Lopers led 24-20 in Game 2 but two kills each by Weedman and Stephanie Laband spurred the Mountain Lions to a 10-4 run to even the match.

The Lopers took control of Game 3, breaking a 16-all tie with six straight points. A kill by Weedman helped the Mountain Lions close to 22-19, but Nebraska-Kearney answered with an 8-1 run to close out the game.

Nebraska-Kearney raced to a 10-4 lead in game 4. The Mountain Lions were never able to get closer than five afterwards.

The Mountain Lions will complete their Nebraska road trip Saturday evening with a match at Chadron State.

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