Durango, Colo.: The 25th-ranked Regis University volleyball team finished up their initial RMAC weekend with a four-set victory over Fort Lewis.
Set #1 – Regis started set one very slowly as Fort Lewis took an early 9-3 lead and led by six most of the way and with the score 17-11 in favor of FLC, the Rangers went on a run. Regis then went on a 10-1 run to take a 21-18 lead. FLC cut the lead to just one at 21-20 but the Rangers closed out the Skyhawks by scoring four of the next five points and won following a service error by FLC libero Jenna Kinzer at 25-22.
Set #2 – Just as slowly as the Rangers started in set one was as fast as they were in set two. With sophomore Sage Martinson serving, Regis jumped out to a 7-0 lead including two aces by Martinson and cruised the rest of the way as FLC could only get to within six points before the Rangers closed the game with an 11-3 run to cap a 25-11 win. FLC was limited to just six kills in the set and had six errors to go along with it to hit .000. Regis hit a whopping .414 in the set with 15 kills and just three errors in 29 total attacks.
Set #3 – Fort Lewis jumped out 3-0 and 5-1 and led by as many as nine points at 17-8 before Regis made a valiant comeback and cut the lead to 21-19 and then cut the lead in half at 22-21 before FLC closed the door and took set three 25-22. Fort Lewis only hit .027 and had eight kills but Regis really hurt themselves with 15 attack errors for a -.068 attack percentage.
Set #4 – The Rangers led from start to finish in set four sans one tie at 2-2 and cruised to the 25-16 victory.
Junior Catilin McDonnell had a great game with 11 kills in just 15 swings and just one error for a .667 attack percentage. She also had five digs and tied for the team lead with five blocks. Martinson also had five blocks as did senior Lyz Kann.
Senior Cassidee Young tallied another 23 digs and became just the 20th Ranger of all time to amass 1,000 career digs and now has 1,011. Junior Makayla Higgins dug out 13 balls, while Martinson had another double-double with 48 assists and 11 digs.
Fort Lewis became another victim of the Ranger defense as they hit just .066, becoming the seventh opponent to hit below .100 against Regis.
The Rangers now 10-2 and a perfect 3-0 in RMAC play will at Metro State on Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m.