After back-to-back road losses to powerhouses in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference's East Division, the Fort Lewis College volleyball team is heading home - with momentum.
"I think that was the best team we've played all year," FLC coach Shelly Aaland said Saturday after the Skyhawks lost a five-set thriller at Regis University in Denver 15-25, 25-20, 25-14, 13-25, 15-9.
"They had amazing back-row defense. They were big, and they blocked well. But we competed, and we had flashes of brilliance," Aaland said.
Taylor Hilberry, who led the Skyhawks in Friday's loss at No. 15 Metro State, paced FLC again with 18 kills and five blocks.
Chelsea Flaming, a former Durango High School standout, added 16 kills and a team-high 18 digs.
Freshman Taryn Pearce had 10 kills and three blocks.
Jenna Kinzer, another FLC freshman and former RMAC defensive player of the week, added 15 digs.
"They just outdid us a little bit in blocks (12-8)," Aaland said. The Skyhawks outkilled Regis 61-58.
"They are a very good team, and we are a very good team," Aaland said.
The Skyhawks (6-5 overall, 0-3 RMAC) will return home to host Colorado Christian at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Whalen Gymnasium in another RMAC tilt.