Mountain Lions can't overcome the errors of their ways vs. Regis
COLORADO SPRINGS- Molly Crockett had 15 kills but that couldn't overcome multiple Mountain Lion errors as the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs dropped a 3-1 (25-21, 26-24, 23-25, 25-19) decision to the Regis Rangers Friday evening at the Lions'Den.
UCCS (6-6, 1-2 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) had 26 hitting errors, seven service errors, seven blocking errors and five ball handling errors, contributing on 45 of Regis'98 points.
While Crockett was the target of setters Jessica Stewart and Alex Nuttall Friday, the Mountain Lions have shown the propensity to go with the hot hand. Eight different players have been either first, second or third on the team in kills in at least one match this season.
â€œWhen one person is doing really well, the setter can definitely see it,â€ said Crockett."œWhen anybody in our front row is on, our setters try to take advantage of it in any way they can.â€
Andrea Brodie and Lauren Orth each added seven kills for UCCS. Kelsey Pobar and Stewart had 20 and 11 digs respectively, while Stewart had 21 assists. Brodie assisted on six of the Mountain Lions'11 blocks.
â€œThe middles and the right sides did an awesome job (of blocking),â€ said Crockett."œThat helped us get into a groove on defense.â€
Kerry Grady led Regis (6-5, 2-1 RMAC) with 12 kills, while senior Liz Franz added 11 and Jessica Howe had 10. Libero Cassidee Young had a match-high 22 digs.
Regis served well throughout the match, notching eight aces and forcing numerous difficult passes.
â€œWe were having trouble reading the serve; they were floating a lot,â€ said Crockett."œThey would float deep and it would drop at the last second or they would just drop right after they went over the net.â€
The Rangers used a 7-1 run to open a 12-7 lead in the first set and never relinquished the advantage. UCCS closed to within one at 21-20 on a Crockett kill, but kills by Franz and Melissa Piazza extended the gap to three. Another Piazza kill and a UCCS hitting error ended the set.
The Mountain Lions led 15-10 in the second set before service, blocking and ball handling errors allowed Regis to tie it at 17. UCCS had set point at 24-23, but a service error, an attack error and a block by Howe gave Regis the win.
Neither team led by more than three in a third set that saw the score tied 12 times, the final one at 23. This time, a Regis service error gave UCCS the lead and a block by Karina Miastkowska and Sonja Johnson closed the deficit in sets to 2-1.
The Rangers took control of the fourth set early, leading 10-4 behind three kills by Franz and two by Piazza. Three Crockett kills closed the gap to 12-10, but Regis methodically extended the lead the rest of the way.
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