UCCS gets split at Fort Lewis tournament

By Doug Fitzgerald published September 4, 2009

DURANGO - The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs volleyball team had a classic good news / bad news kind of day Friday at the Fort Lewis Volleyball Tournament.

The good news was that the Mountain Lions opened the day with an impressive 3-1 (17-25, 25-20, 25-22, 25-10) victory over Cal Poly Pomona. The Broncos came into the tournament with a 2-1 record after finishing 2008 at 20-8 and ranked No. 14 nationally.

The bad news is that UCCS followed that impressive win by dropping a 3-2 (25-15, 21-25, 19-25, 25-20, 15-6) decision to an Adams State Grizzlies team that came into Friday at 0-4.

Setter Cindy Bathelt keyed the Mountain Lions attack in the opener with 32 assists, eight digs, four kills (on just seven attacks) and four blocks (one solo and three assisted). Sonja Johnson added eight kills and Nicole Pederson seven.

UCCS held a .274 to .164 hitting advantage.

Adams State (2-4) got 24 kills from Darcy Jennings and 19 more from Dominique Davis to overcome a 2-1 deficit. Jennings hit .432 and Davis .286 as the Grizzlies outhit the Mountain Lions .234-to-.170.

Jenica Shippy and Johnson each had 11 kills to lead UCCS (4-2). Pederson had a solo block and seven assisted blocks as the Mountain Lions rejected 14 for the match. Bathelt was impressive again, with 42 assists, three kills and four assisted blocks.

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