#25 Regis Dominates UC-Colorado Springs on the Road
Colorado Springs, Colo.: (By Cassidee Young) #25 Regis University volleyball left no doubt on Friday night as they took care of UC-Colorado Springs in straight sets.
The UCCS (13-10, 7-6 RMAC) came out strong taking an early 4-0 lead against Regis (19-5, 10-3 RMAC). However, Regis was able to settle down and get back into the game; tying the score 8-8. The first set remained close and with the score tied once again, 17-17, junior right side hitter, Caitlin McDonnell puts down a kill to set the Rangers on a four-point run. The first set would end in the Rangers favor as sophomore setter, Sage Martinson puts up a huge block against UCCS outside hitter, Jenica Shippy to win 25-21.
The momentum was on the Rangers' side as they entered into the second set of tonight's match. With the score tied at 12, the Rangers proved that they could fire from all cylinders as Martinson, senior outside hitter, Kyndell Highland and senior middle blocker, Lyz Kann team up to put down a series of kills to give them a 18-12 lead over the Mountain Lions. Scrappy defense and tough serving proved to be an important factor in this second set. Senior libero, Cassidee Young contributed two service aces in a row and with a kill from McDonnell, the second set was put behind them with a score of 25-17.
The third set of the match was a battle. Regis continued to aggressively attack from all parts of the net and with a tight score of 17-18, freshman outside hitter, Jessica Wojcik caromed a ball off the UCCS block, a crucial kill towards the end of the match. A kill from Highland put the Rangers at game point, but the Mountain Lions were willing to put up a battle. With maturity, poise, and aggressive, scrappy play, the Rangers continued to side out and resist the push from the Mountain Lions. Morgan put down a kill for the Rangers, tying the score 29-29. Martinson came up with two huge, game-winning kills to end this exciting game, 31-29.
Highland ends the game with a match-high 10 kills and five blocks. Kann and Morgan represent well for the middle blockers as they both tally in eight kills, hitting .667 and .350, respectively. McDonnell also contributed nine kills from the right side for the Rangers tonight. Scrappy defensive also allowed the Rangers to pull out the win tonight. Young assisted the team with 17 digs, Wojcik with 13 and Martinson with 11.