Oct. 13, 2014

Brandon Applehans
bappleha@uccs.edu

The UCCS volleyball team threw everything they had at the Regis Rangers Oct. 7, but the Mountain Lions fell in three sets, losing the last two by a combined total of six points.

Designated as breast cancer awareness night, students and fans lined the bleachers in their pink attire. Certain fans were lucky enough to score pink “strength wristbands” given out by the players.

All of the proceeds from the night, including ticket sales and donations, went to Susan G. Komen of Southeastern Colorado. The organization raises money for local hospitals specializing in breast health education and treatment programs for women.

UCCS raised $266 on the night. Sophomore Cassidy Bush led the Mountain Lions, recording 10 kills and three blocks. Team captain Kim Catlett, junior, gave the team nine kills for the night.

“First game was a little rough,” said Bush. “They are the best team in our conference. It’s nice to know that if we play our best we can beat these number one teams.”

“From day one our goal is trying to out-work people,” added Catlett. “We’ve picked random times to outwork people. I think we could have won this game.”

Regis only committed one error in the first set and the Mountain Lions never led.

In the second set, UCCS took their first lead of the match 4-1. In the final minutes of the set, UCCS took a timeout with a twopoint lead at 21-19. Regis won six of the next seven points to take the set.

“We haven’t done a very good job of closing games out when we are ahead. We need to not be afraid to lose,” said Bush.

Catlett had 11 digs on the night, her 12th match in double digits this season. Redshirt freshman Morgan Evans had a .500 hitting percentage and six kills.

“I think we are definitely improving. I think there are some games that we should have won, but there’s always going to be those moments. We are improving every game and practice,” said Catlett.

After taking on Colorado Christian in Lakewood on Oct. 11, the Mountain Lions return home on Oct. 17 and 18 against Colorado Mines and Metro State. The contest against Mines begins at 7 p.m. in the Gallogly Events Center and the game against Metro starts at 5 p.m.