UCCS Rallies to Win Three Straight Against Fort Lewis

By MJ Arjomandi published October 24, 2013

DURANGO, Colo. - The University of Colorado Colorado Springs volleyball team (10-10 / 6-6 RMAC) rallies back from 2-0 in the match to win the final three sets as UCCS defeats Fort Lewis 3-2 (20-25, 18-25, 25-20, 25-19, 15-12) tonight at the Whalen Gymnasium.

UCCS began the match on a 6-1 run and held its lead until midway through the first game. Fort Lewis went on a run of its own though, and finished the first set the way that UCCS started it.

Grace Gordon led the way for the Mountain Lions in the first game with a well-balanced performance including eight assists, five digs, one block assist and one kill. Gordon finished the match with 38 assists, 15 digs, four kills and three block assists.

The Mountain Lions and Skyhawks traded points midway through the second set, as the score was tied at 12 points apiece. Fort Lewis gained momentum again late in the set as they went on a 13-6 run to close out the second game, and take a 2-0 lead in the match at the intermission.

UCCS was led in the second set by Jordan Banich, who recorded four digs, and three kills in the set. Banich finished the match with a team-high 15 kills and added 10 digs with a career-high four service aces. The Skyhawks continued their momentum into the third set as they started on a 7-3 run.

UCCS rallied midway through the set and took its first lead at 12-11. The teams traded the next 14 points, before the Mountain Lions were able to score a few consecutive points to take the lead late.

The Mountain Lion defense, led by Heather Sanders who recorded eight digs in the set, was able to hold on strong to win the third 25-20. The Mountain Lions fed off the energy at the third set as they started the fourth on a 12-1 run.

Kim Catlett scored three of her 12 kills during the run to help give UCCS a comfortable lead. Fort Lewis narrowed the gap, but finished six point short as the Mountain Lions took the set 25-19 to tie the match 2-2.

The fifth set went back and forth as the teams split the first 22 points to keep the game at a stalemate. Emily Whitelaw scored two kills late in the set and helped give UCCS the spark that they needed to pull out the fifth set and complete the comeback with on the road.

The Mountain Lion defense helped lead the team to victory as UCCS recorded 65 digs and nine blocks. The battle at the net was won tonight by Cassidy Bush, who recorded match-highs of four block assists and two solo blocks.

Up Next: UCCS is back on the road Friday night as the Mountain Lions play the Mavericks of Colorado Mesa (16-4 / 8-3 RMAC) starting at 7 p.m.    

UCCS Players/Staff Featured

Cassidy BushCassidy Bush14MBFr.
Grace GordonGrace Gordon4SSo.
Jordan BanichJordan Banich11OH/OPPSo.
Kim CatlettKim Catlett6OHSo.
Kristen SciaccaKristen Sciacca2MBSr.
Heather SandersHeather Sanders8DS/LSr.
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