Fort Lewis College volleyball was overpowered by a nationally ranked Colorado School of Mines on Friday night.
The No. 24 Orediggers (15-5, 9-2 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) swept the Skyhawks (5-14, 2-9 RMAC) in three sets 25-15, 25-10, 25-17.
Fort Lewis head coach Shelly Aaland said her girls couldnt stay with Mines fast, organized something-to-watch attack.
We were pretty much overmatched, Aaland said.
Aaland said the Orediggers have an outstanding squad of older, experienced and talented players compared to the Skyhawks, who have been hounded by injuries and are horribly young. Aaland said she had as many as four freshman players on the court at one time.
But the coach said the RMAC match wasnt without its bright spots.
The girls served and passed pretty well, she said, and some of the younger players have been stepping up.
Freshman Ashley Wells led the Skyhawks with eight kills Friday. Sophomore libero Hannah Starbuck had 10 digs, and sophomore Taylor Frederking had six kills and three blocks.
Fort Lewis will play No. 6 Nebraska-Kearney at 6 p.m. today in Kearney, Neb.