Season ends with playoff loss

By Doug Fitzgerald published November 2, 2006

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.

“It was a good season for us,” said UCCS coach Jessica Wood. “I wish it could have gone beyond tonight, but the girls have a lot to be proud of.”

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.

“They were huge,” Wood said of Nebraska-Kearney. “They were perfect in nearly everything they did.”

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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