Eagles To Host Mountain Lions And Thunderwolves

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The Chadron State College volleyball team (4-15, 2-10 RMAC) will host Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference foes UCCS (6-13, 3-9 RMAC) and CSU-Pueblo (15-5, 9-3 RMAC) this Friday and Saturday night. Friday’s match against the Mountain Lions is Faculty and Staff Appreciation Night.

The UCCS Mountain Lions are coming off a 3-1 home loss to Colorado Mesa (15-4, 10-2 RMAC) and a 3-1 home win over Westminster (4-17, 2-10 RMAC). In both matches, they put up hitting percentages of .250 and higher.

The Eagles are 11-21 against the Mountain Lions heading into Friday. Their last win came from a 2016 3-1 shootout in Colorado Springs, where the Eagles dropped set two 25-23 but won sets one, three, and four at scores of 26-24, 27-25, and 25-16.

The Mountain Lions offense has a balanced attack that features multiple hitters with over 100 kills on the season. The current kill leader is outside hitter Lauryn Shockley with 259, which is second best in the RMAC. She also leads the team in points (290), points per set (3.77), kills per set (3.36), and hit percentage (.248).

The current assist leader is setter Emily Ettel, who is currently sixth in the RMAC in total assists (522) and assists per set (9.16).

Defensive leaders for UCCS include outside hitter Hannah Ammerman, middle hitter Grace Ferguson, and libero Jordyn Kinsey. Ammerman and Ferguson lead the team in blocks with 33 each. Kinsey has been responsible for 245 digs at a rate of 3.18 digs per set. She also currently leads the team in service aces with 19.

UCCS is coached by head coach Chrissy Elder, who is in her ninth year of coaching the Mountain Lions. She is assisted by John Alvarez and Aly Morgan.

The CSU-Pueblo Thunderwolves are coming off a 3-0 home sweep of Westminster and a 3-2 home loss to Colorado Mesa. Against the Griffins, they put up 51 kills and 11 errors to land a team hit percentage of .377. They also earned a whopping 16 blocks against the Mavericks’ efficient offense.

In the Eagles’ history against the Thunderwolves, CSC is 9-21. Their last match resulted in a 2019 3-0 loss in Pueblo, Colo. The prior season featured the Eagles winning 3-1 at home. They lost set two 25-20 but won sets one, three, and four at scores of 25-18, 25-20, and 25-22.

Like UCCS, Pueblo’s offense features a balanced attack that contains four hitters with over 100 kills on the season. The current kill leader is outside hitter Payton Stack with 207. She also leads the team in points (246), points per set (3.24), and kills per set (2.72). Middle hitter Jazzy Espinoza currently holds the best hit percentage at .311. That mark is eighth best in the league.

Another offensive weapon for the Thunderwolves is outside hitter Hannah Delor. She leads the RMAC with 42 service aces, which she lands at a rate of .54 per set.

Defensive leaders for the Wolves are Espinoza and libero Elaine Thibadeau. Espinoza is the leading blocker for Pueblo. She has landed 20 block solos and 64 block assists for an RMAC-leading 84 total blocks. Thibadeau is eighth in the league with 295 digs at a rate of 3.99 digs per set.

The Thunderwolves are coached by third-year head coach Austin Albers. He is joined by assistant coaches Nathan Martell and Abby Skrastins.

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