Volleyball off to mixed start, Hahn and Catlett garner tournament honors

Sept. 22, 2014

Brandon Applehans
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It’s been a season of streaks so far for the Mountain Lions.

After dropping the first four games of the year, the team went on a three game winning streak and has since lost two straight before matches against Adams State and Western State on Sep. 19 and 20.

The team traveled to Texas for the Lady Buff Classic Sep. 5 and 6 to start the season, where they lost all four games. Junior Lauren Hahn led the Mountain Lions in the first game against Eastern New Mexico, recording 22 kills.

After dropping the next two games to Texas A&M-Commerce and No. 6 West Texas A&M, junior Kim Catlett led the Mountain Lions against Texas Woman’s University.

Catlett posted 24 kills and added 20 digs in the match. She is the first Mountain Lion with more than 20 kills and digs in a single match since Andrea Weedman in 2006, and Catlett was named to the alltournament team.

Gallogly Events Center hosted the Steel & Silver Classic Sept. 12 and 13, and the Mountain Lions rebounded with the help of their home court.

After defeating Lindenwood University in straight sets, the Mountain Lions took down Pittsburg State and the University of Alaska- Fairbanks. UCCS finished the tournament with three wins and one loss.

Hahn and Catlett were named to the Steel & Silver All-Tournament Team.

UCCS began Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play with a five set loss to CSU-Pueblo. The Mountain Lions are next at home Sep. 25-27, when they take on Fort Lewis, Western New Mexico and New Mexico Highlands at the Gallogly Events Center.

The games against Fort Lewis on Sep. 25 and Western New Mexico on Sep. 26 both start at 7 p.m., while the New Mexico Highlands match on Sep. 27 begins at 5 p.m.