UCCS Starts the Season 2-0 For the First Time Since 2001

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CANYON, Texas - The University of Colorado Colorado Springs volleyball team defeats Lubbock Christian 3-1 (25-22, 24-26, 25-19, 25-18) and Texas-Permian Basin 3-2 (25-12, 19-25, 25-14, 25-27, 15-10) today in the BritKare Lady Buff Classic. UCCS is 2-0 to start the season for the first time since 2001.

Match 1 Recap

UCCS and Lubbock Christian traded points midway through the first set as the teams were tied 11-11, before the Mountain Lions captured momentum. UCCS, led by Kim Catlett, went up by as many as seven on its way to a 25-22 win. Catlett recorded six kills in the set. Cassidy Bush and Jordan Banich also added three kills each in the set. Katie Bartlett had a kill and two service aces.

The second set was also closely contested and was tied 24-24 before Lubbock Christian claimed the next two points to tie the match at 1-1. Catlett led the Mountain Lions again on offense with five more kills. Emily Whitelaw recorded four kills in the set, while Kristen Sciacca added two kills, two service aces, and two block assists.

Sciacca started off the third set strong by recording three consecutive kills, accounting for three of the Mountain Lions' first seven points. She finished the set with a team-high five kills and added two block assists and one service ace. Catlett had another good set offensively with four kills. Banich, Bush, and Whitelaw each also had two kills in the set. Morgan Evans chipped in with two service aces and five assists as UCCS won the set 25-19.

The fourth set was much like the previous three as both teams traded points midway through, with the scored tied 14-14. The Mountain Lions then went on an 8-3 run to gain firm control of the set, and the match. UCCS won the set 25-18 and the match 3-1. Whitelaw lead the Mountain Lions in the final set with five kills. The freshman finished her first collegiate match with 10 kills and five blocks. Sciacca also had a stellar debut as a Mountain Lions with 12 kills, three service aces and a game-high six blocks. Catlett led UCCS with a team-high 15 kills and a team-high 13 digs.

Setters Grace Gordon and Morgan Evans collaborated for 46 assists in the match. Gordon finished with 26 assists and nine digs. Evans recorded 20 assists and five digs in her first game as a Mountain Lion.

Match 2 Recap

The Mountain Lions fell behind 2-0 to begin the first set, but that would be the only time UCCS trailed in the set. Kim Catlett started the rally with two quick kills to tie the score. The Mountain Lions continued the surge by going on a 6-0 run moments later, and never looked back.

Catlett, who started the rally, also finished it as her third service ace came on set-point. Catlett’s well-rounded attack also included five digs, three kills and one assists in the first set.

Emily Whitelaw and Cassidy Bush led the Mountain Lions on offense with five kills each in the 25-12 win.

The University of Texas-Permian Basin jumped out to a quick lead again in the second set, but unlike in the first, the Mountain Lions were unable to catch up.

Catlett led the Mountain Lions in the second set with three kills and four digs, but could not start a rally like she did in the first. UCCS finished on a 12-6 run, but fell short by a final score of 25-19.

UCCS might not have been able to come all the way back in the second set, but it did capture the momentum heading into the third. Midway through the set, the score was tied 10-10, but the Mountain Lion’s regained their momentum, which propelled them on a 9-0 run and proved to be the difference, as UCCS won 25-14.

Cassidy Bush recorded four of her match-high 17 kills in the set. Catlett added three more kills and two more service aces in the set. She finished with a match-high and career high six service aces, and added 13 kills with 16 digs.

The momentum carried into the fourth set for UCCS as it led by as many as six points and the Mountain looked to be on their way to finishing out the match. The Falcons, however, plans of their own as they tied the set 24-24 and went on to score the next two points for the win.

Jordan Banich had productive fourth set on offensive as she recorded six of her 11 kills. Grace Gordon also had a great fourth set with 13 of her match-high and career-high 43 assists.

UCCS came out strong in the fifth and final set with a 5-1 advantage early on. The Mountain Lions were up by as many as seven points as they won the set 15-10 and closed out the match with a 3-2 victory.

Up Next: UCCS will be back in action tomorrow for two more matches in the tournament, starting with Incarnate Word (2-0) at 10 a.m.