Mountain Lions Fall to Metro State

By MJ Arjomandi published October 4, 2013

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The University of Colorado Colorado Springs volleyball team (7-6 / 3-2 RMAC) falls to Metro State (8-5 / 4-1 RMAC) by a final score of 3-1 tonight at the Gallogly Events Center.

UCCS and Metro State came into this match virtually identical on paper and proved to be evenly matched on the court as all four sets were decided by three points or less.

The Mountain Lions started off the first set on a 10-3 run, before the Roadrunners settled in and went on a run of their own to tie the set 16-16. Metro State capitalized on its momentum as the team closed out the first set 25-22.

Kristen Sciacca led the Mountain Lions in the first set with four of her ten kills. Sciacca entered the match first in the RMAC for blocks per set (.96) and finished with a match-high seven blocks.

The second set was completely opposite of the first as it was the Roadrunners who jumped out to an early lead. UCCS trailed the majority of the set, until they were able tie the score at 20 points apiece. After trailing by as many as six, UCCS made a late 12-4 run to win the second set and tie up the match 1-1 as the teams hit the intermission.

UCCS was led in the second set by Laura Loosbrock, who played in her first match in over a year. Loosbrock had a great return as she finished with 10 kills, five of which came in the second set.

The third set was much like the first, with UCCS leading for most of the time. The Mountain lions had a 17-11 lead, before the Roadrunners surged again to take the third set by two points.

Jordan Banich had her best set in the third as she scored five of her team-high 12 kills. Banich finished the match also adding 10 digs, two blocks, and a career-high and match-high of four service aces.

The Roadrunners continued their momentum as they began the fourth set on a 10-5 run, to gain firm control of the set early. UCCS rallied late again to tie the score 22-22, but Metro State scored the next three points to take the game and the match.

Kim Catlett had a good fourth set and well-balanced match overall. She finished with a team-high 19 digs, nine kills, two blocks and two assists.

Sophomore setter Grace Gordon also had a good performance in the match as she recorded 39 assists, 13 digs and two block assists.

Up Next: UCCS will host No. 23 Regis (7-6 / 3-1 RMAC) Saturday night, starting at 7 p.m. Fans who cannot attend the match at the Gallogly Events Center can watch on the America One Network or follow the live stats.

UCCS Players/Staff Featured

Kristen SciaccaKristen Sciacca2MBSr.
Jordan BanichJordan Banich11OH/OPPSo.
Kim CatlettKim Catlett6OHSo.
Grace GordonGrace Gordon4SSo.
Laura LoosbrockLaura Loosbrock10OH/OPP
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