An unexpectedly early start and being eliminated from Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Tournament consideration didn’t deter the Fort Lewis College volleyball team.
Angelina Pulu, however, was a big deterrent.
The Western New Mexico standout racked up an impressive 27 kills as the Mustangs downed the Skyhawks 3-1 on Saturday in Silver City, N.M.
“We just weren’t able to combat – they’ve got Pulu who’s good at just everything,” FLC head coach Shelly Aaland said.
The match started at 6 p.m. instead of 7, but somewhere along the line, communication broke down, and the message didn’t get to FLC. Still, the Skyhawks managed to be competitive for stretches but fell 25-16, 25-21, 22-25, 25-15.
“When we beat them at home, I said we survived the match. And we just couldn’t survive it here. They had one too many players hot, and we just couldn’t get it going,” Aaland said.
Stephani Sonka led the Skyhawks with 11 kills, and Jenna Kinzer had 14 digs. The Skyhawks and Mustangs struggled a bit with errors, with 25 and 26, respectively, but Western N.M. (14-13, 11-6 RMAC) had 60 kills to just 39 for FLC (10-15, 6-11 RMAC).
“We’re still building. We’re still working; we’re still battling every time out there,” Aaland said.
The Skyhawks will wrap the regular season next weekend, taking on New Mexico Highlands on Friday and CSU-Pueblo on Saturday, both on the road.