Season ends with playoff loss
SILVER CITY, N.M. â€" The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs wasnâ€TMt just invited to the Nebraska-Kearney Lopersâ€TM block party Thursday, the Mountain Lions were the guests of honor.
Nebraska-Kearney blocked 18 UCCS attacks in blasting the Mountain Lions 3-0 (30-24, 30-21, 30-17) in the quarterfinals of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Volleyball Tournament. The loss ended UCCSâ€TM season with a 14-14 record.
â€œIt was a good season for us,â€ said UCCS coach Jessica Wood. â€œI wish it could have gone beyond tonight, but the girls have a lot to be proud of.â€
It wasnâ€TMt so much a case of the Mountain Lions playing poorly as it was the Lopers' excellence. Nebraska-Kearney earned its 27th win of the season against six losses and the 14-win difference between them and the Mountain Lions showed.
â€œThey were huge,â€ Wood said of Nebraska-Kearney. â€œThey were perfect in nearly everything they did.â€
Nikki Scott was the biggest of the rejection specialists for the Lopers, assisting on 13 blocks. Kelli Bunger added six assisted blocks and had a match-high 12 kills.
UCCSâ€TM Diane Sheldon matched Bungerâ€TMs 12 kills, while Jill Wrenn added nine and Stephanie Laband had seven.
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