Metro State speeds its way to a sweep of the Mountain Lions

By Doug Fitzgerald published September 20, 2008

COLORADO SPRINGS- Amanda Cook and Bri Morley each had 13 kills to lead the Metro State Roadrunners to a 3-0 (25-18, 25-22, 25-23) win over the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Saturday evening at the Lions'Den.

Karina Miastkowska led the Mountain Lions (6-7, 1-3 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) with eight kills. The freshman from Northbrook, Ill., had just one hitting error on 16 attempts, giving her an impressive .438 hitting mark.

Fellow middle blocker Kim Boogaard had four kills on only 10 attempts (.400). The Mountain Lions managed five blocks and. More importantly, deflected or impaired several other attacks, while trying to keep up with the RMAC's fastest offense.

“Closing the block is so vital when it comes to making sure our passers do what they can do,” said Miastkowska."œWithout a pass, we can't attack. We just have to be as fast as possible.”

But Metro State (6-5, 4-0 RMAC) was effective in varying its attack, a tactic that minimized the impact of UCCS libero Kelsey Pobar. While Pobar still managed a team-high 12 digs, Molly Crockett and Sonja Johnson contributed 11 and 10 respectively.

Amy Watanabe had a match-high 14 digs for the Roadrunners, while setter Darcy Schwartzman had 35 of their 40 assists.

The Roadrunners run an offense similar to what UCCS coach Jessica Wood prefers to use, with short, quick sets creating one-on-one situations with the blockers. Miastkowska sees the young Mountain Lions making progress towards the sort of execution that they saw Saturday from Metro State.

“There's a little difference when it comes to their timing with the setter just because we haven't had that time (together),” said Miastkowska."œWe're definitely progressing as the season goes on.”

Metro State hit .306 in a first set that was tied but once, and that was at one. The Roadrunners consistently held UCCS to a single serve while putting together multiple two- and three-point runs of their own.

Crockett had four of her seven kills for the Mountain Lions in the first set.

The second set saw 11 tie scores, the final one at 21 when Lisa Jones had a kill and assisted on a block to help Metro State close 4-1. Neither team led by more than three the entire set.

After falling behind 3-1, UCCS rallied for a 6-1 run. Later, two kills by Crockett helped turn a 15-all tie into a 19-16 Mountain Lion lead. UCCS was leading 21-19 when two kills by Morley and three blocks"" a solo each by Schwartzman and Julie Casseaux and a third where the duo teamed up"" snatched the set and the sweep.

UCCS will now go on the road for five straight matches before returning home for an Oct. 10 matchup against New Mexico Highlands.

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