Weedman helps serve up a win at Chadron

By Doug Fitzgerald published September 30, 2006

The Mountain Lions went to Nebraska needing a split and got exactly that Saturday.

Behind 16 kills by Diane Sheldon, a .266 hitting percentage and strong service game by Cortney Weedman, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs topped the Chadron State Eagles 3-1 (26-30, 30-19, 30-18, 30-19) at Armstrong Gym in Chadron, Neb.

The Mountain Lions hitting efficiency was their best yet this season, bettering the .213 mark the achieved on Sept. 1 against Northwest Nazarene. It was UCCSâ€TM best overall hitting performance since Oct. 8, 2005 when the team hit .295 against Regis. It was the Mountain Lionsâ€TM best mark on the road since Nov. 6, 2004 when they hit .280 at Colorado Christian.

Jill Wrenn added 13 kills for UCCS (8-10, 5-5 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) and had only one hitting error. The seniorâ€TMs .522 hitting mark was her best since Aug. 27, 2004 and was the third-best of her career.

Caroline Ottino and Brooke Akers contributed 12 and 10 kills respectively.

Jamie Oâ€TMBrien led Chadron State (1-19, 0-10 RMAC) with 15 kills.

Game 1 was tied at 14 when a service error, two attack errors, a reception error and a ball handling error handed the Eagles a 19-14 lead. UCCS was able to close to 28-26 on a Weedman kill but, fittingly, two more attack errors ended the game.

The Mountain Lions trailed 4-2 in Game 2 when a pair of Sheldon kills sparked a 6-0 run. It was 17-10 when CCS put together a 6-0 run and never looked back. Weedman was serving during both Mountain Lions runs.

Weedman was serving again when UCCS went on a 7-0 run in Game 3 to grab a commanding 25-14 lead. A pair of kills by Lindsey Myers helped UCCS close the game.

In Game 4, Weedman served five- and four-point runs. She also had one of her career-high five service aces.

Weedman and fellow setter Jessica Stewart added 23 and 26 assists respectively.

The Mountain Lions will return to Nebraska Friday for the second RMAC East/West crossover tournament. UCCS will face Adams State, Western State and New Mexico Highlands at Kearney.

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