UCCS completes crossover sweep
KEARNEY, Neb. â€" The Mountain Lions came into the second Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference east/West Crossover Tournament knowing it was a make-or-break weekend for them.
You can mark it down as an emphatic â€œmake.â€
â€œThis was a huge weekend for us,â€ said University of Colorado at Colorado Springs middle blocker Caroline Ottino. â€œEveryone had been beating everyone in the RMAC and we finally just took care of our business this weekend.
â€œWe got our job done.â€
Ottino was instrumental in getting the job done. The senior had 10 kills as UCCS defeated the Western State Mountaineers 3-0 (30-15, 30-21, 30-27) Saturday afternoon at the Health and Sports Center to complete a three-match sweep for the tournament.
The Mountain Lions' third match of the weekend, and second Saturday, was their best. UCCS outhit Western State .270 to .143. The Mountaineersâ€TM vaunted blocking game was neutralized as they had just six and also committed three blocking errors.
â€œWe just focused on our game â€" what was going on on our side of the net â€" and it paid off for us,â€ said Ottino.
With the win, the Mountain Lions improved to 11-10, 8-5 in the RMAC. UCCS also moved into seventh in the conference and now owns a tiebreaker advantage over Western State, Colorado State-Pueblo and Colorado Mines, the three teams narrowly trailing the Mountain Lions in the standings. Eight teams qualify for the RMAC playoffs.
It was also the Mountain Lionsâ€TM seventh win in the past eight matches and their season-best fourth straight.
â€œWeâ€TMve started flowing better together,â€ said Ottino. â€œEverything has started really clicking.â€
Tynet Calhoun led Western State (12-8, 7-5 RMAC) with eight kills.
UCCS past four matches have been four of the teamâ€TMs best five as far as hitting efficiency is concerned.
â€œWe are starting to feel more confident,â€ said Ottino. â€œWe know we can not only hang with teams, but weâ€TMre beating some (teams) that in the past weâ€TMve had trouble with.â€
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