The Chadron State College volleyball team suffered a defeat against the University of Colorado Colorado Springs on Thursday night in four sets, 25-16, 20-25, 25-13, 25-18.
This was the first contest of the 2020 season for the Eagles who now hold a 0-1 record.
The first set for the Eagles was a struggle until the end. For the majority of the set, the Eagles held the Mountain Lions to no more than a two- or three-point deficit. It was not until nearing the end of the set where the opponents began to widen their lead, ultimately winning the set 25-16.
Although the first set got away from them, Chadron State had several great blocks. In order to win their 15th point, the Eagles staved off many attempts by keeping calm, communicating, and setting up huge blocks in order to come out of the volley with the point.
Once play was slowed down, the Eagles were able to communicate and reset.
Chadron earned the first point of the second set and did not give up the lead for several points. Until then, they had either led or tied, proving even further how evenly matched the squads were.
UCCS found a way to come back at 6-5 and maintained the lead for some time after that. However, the Eagles maintained a valiant effort and regained the lead at 17-18.
At any given moment in the set, the largest lead never exceeded four points whether for the home or away team. That is, until 20-24 when the Eagles went on to win the match point on a great hit by Aracely Hernandez.
The Eagles earned a comeback win at 20-25 and evened play one set to one set.
In the third set, the away team scored the first point, but it was not be a fruitful set.
Although there was some back and forth for the first ten points, the Mountain Lions ran away with the set after 11-10. Chadron State went into a scoring drought and only scored three more times after that, allowing the largest lead to reach 11 points at 23-12.
This lead was sufficient enough for Colorado Springs to secure the set 25-12.
The final set was as challenging as the rest for the Eagles. After earning the first point, UCCS found its largest lead with eight points at 20-12.
There was some hope for the visitors when they pulled with two points at 11-9 but that hope would soon diminish. The Mountain Lions won the set 25-18
Freshman Rhiannon Nez led the team with seven kills with Olivia Moten-Schell close behind with six. The pair would combine to earn 15.5 points. Karli Noble had 11 digs while Rylee Greiman and Amelia Berg combined for 10 points.
Chadron State College volleyball is scheduled to play its next match on Friday, January 29. This will be the team’s first home game and first serve is scheduled for 6 p.m.